Best lens for Canon 80D
Canon 80D: Dual Pixel AF & IQ topper
The best lens for a Canon 80D after 75 lenses reviews with a Canon APS-C SLR
The Canon EOS 80D is Canon's best APS-C cameras. Only for sports and nature photographers, the EOS 7D Mark II offers extra some extras with its autofocus and higher shooting speeds. However, the 80D wins on pure image quality and dynamic range, and it is also the better video camera, thanks to its Dual Pixel AF, turning and tilting touchscreen and connectivity options for microphone and headphones. Of course, all lenses with an EF or EF-S mount fit on the 80D. With all the non-maker brands, the choice is enormous. We have now reviewed more than 70. Because of the very good sensor and excellent video capabilities, the 80D asks for lenses that are particularly well-suited to this. We assume that photographers who choose the 80D are looking for the best quality. That's why these are our favorites for the 80D.
GOOD AND AFFORDABLE LENSES FOR CANON 80D:
The EOS80D is one of Canon's most advanced APS-C cameras. We assume that 80D owners are looking for lenses with which they can utilize the 80D's extra capabilities, and with which they can express all the quality of the camera in their photos. We therefore looked for lenses that offer a lot of options and quality, which also make an excellent combination with the 80D body. The 80D is a camera for photographers who are serious about photography and who like to make beautiful pictures with their equipment. That's why we also looked at lenses that offer a lot of brightness, quality and capabilities. And where possible, we have also taken into account a possible future transition to full-frame.
HOW ARE THE BEST LENSES FOR THE CANON EOS 80D SELECTED?
For the recommendation, we only look at lenses we have tested thoroughly. Canon makes SLR cameras with two different sensors: full-frame and APS-C. For the smaller APS-C sensors, Canon makes a separate set of lenses with an EF-S mount. These are generally smaller, lighter and cheaper than lenses with an EF mount. Lenses with an EF mount are namely also suitable for the larger full-frame cameras such as the EOS 5D series and the EOS 1DX. The EF-S lenses do not fit on those. For lenses for the EOS 80D, we have looked at both EF and EF-S lenses. If you choose an EF lens, you can use it later if you later transition to a full-frame camera like the EOS 6D (Mark II) or also acquire a full-frame camera.
Kit lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Ultrawide angle zoomk: Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 / Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8
The Tamron 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is weatherproof and has built-in IS. The Tokina 11-20mm f / 2.8 AT-X is a fast f/2.8 lens. In both cases, do not forget to work in RAW and use a lens profile for best results!
Standard lens: Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS
Macro and/or portrait: Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Bokeh and Portrait: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
Standard & bokeh: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Telephoto: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x
For choosing the best lenses for the 80D, we mainly looked at the results you get with the lenses in RAW. Many novice photographers primarily use jpg files, and in jpg, multiple lens corrections often take place in the camera. We measure the results in RAW without all those corrections. That gives, you could say, a fairer comparison. Lens corrections are not always applied for lenses from other brands in jpegs, but in RAW you can just have those corrections done automatically. For more information, see the comprehensive reviews we've done with each lens and compare them as needed with one of the more than 300 other lenses we have reviewed.
THE BEST 80D KIT LENS? Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
We choose the Canon EF-S 18-135 for the 80D over the usual 18-55mm kit lens. The image quality is comparable with the latest generation of kit lenses, but the 18-135 has a larger zoom range than the small kit lens. Because it is a bit bigger, it fits better physically with the 80D than the kit lens does. Those who are happy to trade in some range for higher brightness and better quality should look at our low-light choice above.
MACROPHOTOGRAPHY WITH A CANON 80D: Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
The Sigma 105mm Macro is a beautiful long telephoto lens with high quality and image stabilization. Especially thanks to the latter it is preferred over, for example, the Tokina 100mm, which also did well in our test. However, do not expect any miracles from the image stabilization for macro usage. But when you use it as a telephoto lens, then it really makes a difference in sharpness, especially if the lighting conditions are not optimal.
ULTRA-WIDE ANGLE: Tamron 10-20mm of Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX SD
The Tamron 10-20mm is weatherproof and has built-in IS (image stabilization). For photographers who often work outdoors under varying circumstances, this is a big advantage. The Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X has higher brightness. If you do a lot of documentary work and take a lot of pictures indoors, then this might be the better choice. Because they are not original Canon lenses, the lenses are not optimized in the camera. Do not forget to photograph in both cases in RAW and to apply the lens profiles in the RAW software for the best results.