Which Canon Rebel T3i Lens Is Best
When you are buying your new Canon digital SLR, it may come with a recommended Canon Rebel T3i Lens as part of a kit. In fact, the lens is called a “kit lens.”
There is also the possibility of buying a Canon Rebel T3i “body only” without the typical kit lens. If you opt to do that, you have a huge selection of digital SLR lenses to choose from with a wide range of choices in quality, focal length, and price.
The Canon Rebel Kit Lens
Usually, the lens you get in the basic kit is a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens.
You may think it takes an engineer to figure out what all the letters and numbers mean, so here is an explanation.
- Canon – a lens made by Canon (sorry if this is too obvious)
- EF-S – the EF stands for Electronic Focus, and the S is a designation that indicates the lens is meant for only cameras made with a sensor similar to the one in a Canon Rebel T3i, which is know as an APS-C sensor. These sensors are somewhat smaller in size than the ones in the pro-model digital SLR cameras, but way larger than those found in point and shoot models.
- 18-55mm – this is the range of focal lengths. 18mm is a wide angle focal length good for things like landscapes and group people shots. 55mm is more suited for zooming in to get a closer shot. Then you have all the focal lengths in between to make the lens more versatile than a lens with a single focal length like a 35mm lens.
- f3.5-5.6 – this is the lens aperture. An aperture is a number that indicates how much light is let into the camera when the shutter is pressed. In this case, there are two sizes listed. This means that at the lowest focal length (16mm) you can use an aperture of f/3.5, but once you zoom to a longer focal length, the aperture changes to a higher number. The bottom line here is that you can shoot pictures in less light at the wider apertures (3.5 is the widest on this lens).
- IS - Image Stabilization – there is a kind of gyroscope built into the lens that will compensate for slight movements of the lens to get a sharper picture. These movements come from holding the camera while taking photos at slower shutter speeds. Supposedly, you can get a larger range of shutter and aperture settings without having to use a tripod.
This Canon Rebel T3i lens is pretty good as a starter lens. It has been improved recently compared to the kit lens that sold with older Canon Rebel cameras, so reports indicate that you can get nice pictures with it.
A word about durability.
The Canon kit lens is made of a plastic material, making it lighter and less durable than lenses constructed of metal. Image quality, as mentioned, is not bad, but if you were to get your hands on a better lens, say a Canon 17-55mm lens, for instance, you would notice a huge difference in the feel of the lens and in the quality of the pictures it produces. Of course, the Canon 15-55mm lens also costs a ton more at about $1000.
What About Other Lenses Instead of the Canon Rebel T3i Lens in the Kit?
It is possible to purchase the Canon Rebel T3i without a lens and get a more substantial lens to start off your digital SLR photography experience. In fact there are so many possibilities that it may send your brain into a spin.
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Here are just a couple of suggestions that you may want to look into:
Canon 24-105 f/4.0 L – this lens is pretty amazing, but it comes at a premium price
Sigma 18-250 for Canon – a super zoom lens with really good quality. You will get the focal range of at least two lenses with this one.
Canon 17-40 f/4.0 L – for years, photographers have considered this lens one of the “must have” lenses for their bag.
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 – this one gives great results, and it has a constant f/2.8 aperture. Excellent lens for general photos, portraits, and close-up photos.
Some of these and a few others are listed at CanonEOSlenses.org/