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Best Lenses for Canon 80D Camera

Best lenses for Canon 80DBest Lenses for Canon 80D camera, so you are here to see recommended lenses of Canon 80D, but before that I think you already know that Canon 80D is one of the best DSLRs that Canon Ever made. The sensor is developed on new architecture to maintain more dynamic range compared to previous generation of Canon sensors. The 45 Point AF module and the Dual-Pixel CMOS AF Technology will help you to get crystal clear images without a doubt. You can also directly jump to Quick lens buying guide or Lenses and usable AF Points.

A Quick Canon EOS 80D Lens Cheat Sheet

Best Lenses Category
Best Canon Portrait Lenses Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART [Highly recommended]
 Best Pro Kit-Lens Sigma 18-35mm F1.8
 Best Tele-photo Zoom Lens Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM Lens
 Best Sports and Wild-Life Shooting Lens Canon EF 70-200 F2.8L IS II USM Lens
 Best Wide angle Prime Lens Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro Lens
Best Macro Lens for Canon 80D camera Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM


1. Best Canon Lenses for Canon 80D

Starting from good and affordable Portrait Lens


Buy Canon 50mm STM Lens from Amazon | B&H

Canon 50mm F1.8 STM

The recently announced Canon STM lens uses STM stepping motor  that makes the lens perfect for Still and Video shooting from Canon 80D camera.  The Lens supports Movie Servo Function of the Canon 80D camera and will give you near silent shooting experience without adding the AF noise of the lens in your videos.

The Good: Affordable, Works very well in still or video mode

Bad: None

2. Best Canon Professional Portrait Lens

Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART

Canon 80D best Portrait lens imageBuy this Lens from Amazon and B&H

The Best portrait Lens for Professional still work, yes even better than Canon 50mm F1.2 L and cost less. The lens gives you super sharp images even when used at wide maximum aperture range. Believe me if you use this lens on 5DSR camera will get perfect sharpness at maximum resolution.   The sharpness is incredible in the corners and lack of chromatic aberrations makes it perfect for professional work.

The Good: Best of class image quality

The Bad: Price is bit high


3. Recommended Pro Kit-Lens for Canon 80D

Canon 17-55mm F2.8

Canon 80D best event shooting lens imageBuy this Lens from Amazon | B&H

Canon 17-55mm F2.8 need no introduction, the lens features constant F2.8 aperture and built in image stabilization. The lens generates excellent bokeh at F2.8 and gives you sharp images throughout the zoom range, keep in mind that lens is not too expensive for the quality you receive.

The Good: Covers a wide range, Fixed F2.8 aperture and gives sharp images

The Bad: Price

World Best low-light Zoom Lens for Canon 80D Camera, Highly recommended for shooting event, wedding and

Better alternative of Canon 17-55mm Lens is Sigma 18-35mm F1.8


4. Best Kit Lens for Canon 80D

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8

Sigma 17-35 F1.8 lens imageSigma 17-35mm F1.8 Lens from Amazon | B&H

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Lens is world only lens zoom lens that features constant F1.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. The lens is low-light friendly and gives out excellent images with creamy bokeh. This lens is now on top of my Canon 7D Mk II camera all the time.

The Good: Constant F1.8 Aperture, Sharp images and creamy bokeh.

The Bad: None

5. Best Tele-photo Zoom Lens for Canon 80D

Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Canon 80D best zoom lens Canon 70-300mm L Lens Buy Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6LUSM Amazon || B&H |||| Amazon UK

We recommend you to get 70-300mm L IS USM lens if you want pro output from your images. The 70-300mm L IS USM is undoubtedly the best zoom lens for Canon 80D DSLR, the lens produces tack sharp images even at the 300mm end. The Lens is also very good at street shooting due to its Two mode optical Image Stabilization System increases usability by approximately four stops.

The Good: Excellent Image Quality, Solid build and Image Stabilization.

The Bad: Price

Alternative: If you are on budget you can get 70-300mm Non L Lens [Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS USM], captures stunning images when used at F7 aperture

6. Best Sports and Wild-Life Shooting Lens

Canon EF 70-200 F2.8L IS II USM Lens

Canon 80D best sports lens imageBuy Canon 70-200mm F2.8 Lens from Amazon | B&H

On of the best lenses ever made by Canon, the 70-200mm is a multi-purpose lens can be used for sports, wildlife photography or you can also use this lens to capture stunning portraits with super creamy bokeh. The ultrasonic AF motor of this Lens Lock AF in no time, it produces extremely sharp images with enormous amount of details. The IS II Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 stops of correction at all focal lengths. One of the best lenses Canon ever made.

The Good: A Prime example of performance, speed and Quality

The Bad: Price

7. Best Wide angle Prime Lens for Canon 80D

Before we begin you must know that two ultra wide zoom lens for Canon 80D available

  1. Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens ($649) Amazon and B&H (announced on 2004, Canon should announce its new version)
  2. Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens ($279) Amazon and B&H (we recommend 10-18mm IS STM)

Best Wide-angle Lens

. Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM VS Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens was introduced back on 2004, the lens and waiting to be replaced by a new version, the lens does offers bit sharp images when compared to Canon 10-18mm lens when used at Max aperture, but when you use them at standard aperture settings used for capturing Landscape or Architecture, you won’t going to notice any difference. Canon 10-18mm lens is the best choice for you if you want best wide-angle zoom lens made by Canon.

If you are a DXO Mark Lab fan than you must know that the DXOMark score of Canon 10-22mm USM Lens is 13 and Canon 10-18mm STM IS Lens score is 12. Very minor difference in optics quality of both the lenses.

Recommended Wide-angle zoom Lens

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

Canon 10-18mm Lens imageBuy Canon 10-18mm Lens from B&H and Amazon

The Canon 10-18mm Lens is the most affordable and best wide angle lens that you could find. The picture quality is good and STM motors inside the lens offers silent and fast autofocusing.  The lens also features built-in image stabilization that 10-22mm lens is actually missing/ Also recommended for still as well as video purpose.

 The Good: Affordable, sharp, Image Stabilization and STM

The Bad: None


If you are strictly looking for quality in your Wide-angle shots than you must get Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro Lens

8. Best Wide angle Lens for Canon 80D

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro Lens

Canon Tokina LensesBuy this lens from Amazon | Amazon UK | B&H Store

One of the best third party lens available for Canon 80D camera is Tokina 11-16mm lens, the lens will give you outstanding image quality and sharp images, yep even better than Canon made 10-18mm Lens, for this lens only I have included the MTF chart of the lens so you can see the lens produces super sharp images even when used at wide aperture setting .



 Best Macro Lens for Canon 80D camera

9. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM

Canon best macro lens imageBuy Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM form Amazon

The best macro lenses for Canon 80D camera is 100mm F2.8 Lens, the 100mm lens can also be used to take stunning close-up portrait shots. The features Canon’s Hybrid Image Stabilization Technology that helps you to capture hand-held shots without the use of tripods all the time.  It’s near-silent Ultrasonic focusing and high quality optics that delivers excellent color and contrast and the lens also features dust and moist resistance body, highly recommended for canon 80D DSLR.

Canon 80D Buying Advice

Creating a perfect Bag and selecting best lenses by keeping eye on budget and your need


Canon 80D – 18-35mm F1.8 – View Full Size

The best all in one Lens available for Canon 80D camera is undoubtedly Canon 17-55mm F2.8 Lens but once I have used the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Lens it changed my mind. The Canon 17-55mm F2.8 lens will cost you approx same as Sigma lens but by losing some focal length you get a F1.8 Zoom Lens. With Sigam F1.8 you get super creamy Bokeh, excellent low light performance and sharpness is unmatched. It’s a perfect PRO lens for a camera like EOS 80D.

For those who want a perfect zoom lens for your Canon 80D camera we recommend you to get 70-300mm L IS USM lens, it’s one of the prefect zoom lens Canon ever made. But sadly it’s cost more than the camera body itself.


Canon 80D + 10-18mm IS STM Lens – View Full Size

For those who want to get perfect landscape and architecture shot we recommend you to get 10-18mm STM lens, of course many old photographers will recommend you to go and buy 10-22mm USM but don’t listen to them. I do agree that 10-22mm s slightly sharper which is visible during lab test. Otherwise the 10-18mm lens is affordable  ($599 vs $279) and STM lens will allow you to record noise free video (lens is optimized for video recording) and feature built-in optical image stabilization (OIS absent in 10-22mm). Hence we highly recommend you to get 10-18mm STM if you are interested in landscapes and other wide-angle photos.

Lenses and Usable AF Points

Canon 80d AF system is based on two different architecture. The first one is DualPixel CMOS AF system that works perfectly in all Canon native lenses as well as third party lenses. The Dual Pixel AF system is completely an different approach and it doesn’t affected by the type of lenses being used. But for the 45 points phase AF module we do have some limitations in certain category of lenses. And for that Canon further divided all these lenses lenses into 8 groups that begin from A and ends on H.

But, discussing all lens list isn’t possible here, so we are discussing those lenses which are present in recommendation list.

Lens Name Category
Canon 50mm STM Lens

Group A

All 45 AF points work flawlessly, including the Dual cross-type center AF point

Canon 17-55mm F2.8 Group A
Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Group B

All 45 AF points work flawlessly. Dual cross-type center AF point gets deactivated.

Canon 10-18mm Lens

Group D

In group D, only 15 AF points work as cross type AF points. But, 30 AF points (on the side) remains sensitive to horizontal lines only.

Canon 100mm F2.8L Group B

Canon 80D AF poins and lenses

The image above shows you the pattern of AF points available while using the set of recommended lenses, However I repeat again while you use the Live view or video mode the DPAF (Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor) AF system  gets activated and it work flawlessly in all lenses.

27 comments to Best Lenses for Canon 80D Camera

  • Mike

    Thanks so much for the article, Actually I was looking for Lens recommendation article on the web and I found the best one.

    I have pre-ordered the Canon 80D along with Canon 50mm F1.8 and Sigma 18-35mm Lens, will soon by 70-300mm Zoon lens soon.

    Thanks again.

  • admin

    I’m glad you liked it

  • Santosh

    Is the Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM compatible with Canon EOS 80D. About the AF points are all the 45 AF points active and cross type when using this Sigma lens??
    I already use the Sigma lens extensively and eager to know how the 80D (planing to buy this weekend) will deal with this lens.

  • CanonPro


    Yes@santos the lens will perfectly work with the Canon 80D camera, The Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Canon is a standard zoom lens designed especially for DSLRs with APS-C-sized image sensors. This lens has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27.2-112mm, providing wide-angle to portrait-length angles of view for use in everyday shooting situations.
    if you don’t know take a look at the specification of the lens

    Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
    Hyper Sonic AF Motor
    Optical Stabilizer
    Macro Capabilities
    Compact and Lightweight TSC Construction
    FLD, SLD, and Aspherical Lens Elements
    Super Multi-Layer Coating
    Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

  • Dr.V.Sridhar

    Sir, Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 lens compatible with this camera? Your guidance in this regard much appreciated. Thanks in advance

  • admin

    The Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 Lens ($399) is one of best lens you can get at that price point. The lens features constant aperture throughout the zoom range and works perfectly under low-light situation. And yes, it will perfectly with Canon 80D DSLR.

  • Singhisking

    I just got the Canon 80D camera, thanks for the great article.. I have already purchased Canon 17-55mm F2.8 lens and the combo giving me sunning result.

  • admin

    @Singhisking I am glad that you liked our article

  • Stalker

    Is Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART lens is a fullframe lens ? will it work with my Canon 80D ?

  • Ketan

    Hello I own a Canon 80D and kit lens 135 mm, can you please advice the performance of Canon EF 70-200 F2.8L IS II USM Lens.
    I read that this lens is good for portrait and wild life photography but also read articles that sharpness of the lens will be reduced if used APS-C body.

  • admin

    Canon EF 70-200 F2.8L is a excellent lens, I am using 70-200mm Lens with my Canon 7D Mark II camera and getting 100% crisp and clear shots.

    I highly recommend you to get this lens, there is NO WAY that the lens sharpness will get reduced if used APS-C body. The gives excellent performance in full frame as well as crop sensor bodies.

  • Natasha

    I Admin I am looking for the best lenses of Canon 80D and yes I am a amateur and researching on the web to find out the best canon lens available for shooting sunset and sunrise from my home.

  • Yvonne Ooten

    I want to purchase a lens that will get close up pictures from a distance, even to seeing an eye on a lion. what lens would you recommend?

  • Yvonne Ooten

    I forgot to tell you my camera is a EOS 80D

  • admin

    @Yvonne Ooten

    Yes for Canon EOS 80D camera the best lens that can capture close up pictures from a distance you should get Canon 70-200mm F2.8 Lens

    Canon 70-200mm F2.8 Lens is the sharpest & Best Canon Lens available for Canon 80D Camera. (as mentioned above)

  • Steven

    Admin, I’m using canon 80D, Can I get blurred video background with canon 17-55mm f/2.8 is usm?

  • admin

    Yes you will. Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 is usm is one of the best event shooting lens ever made by Canon.

  • Stella

    Ok Can you name Best wedding lens for Canon 80D camera ?

  • admin

    Best event shooting lens is 17-55mm F2.8 or you can also get Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Lens image

  • Sagar

    I am going to buy The 80d and have little to no experience with cameras. However I don’t want to buy anything that I will grow out of in a short period of time. The types of pictures I am most likely to take are Travel, Portrait outdoor, Macro flowers and small things. At this point I can pretty much afford any 3-4 lenses. I did purchase a cannon 28-135 is usm for a t6i which i used on a recent trip and enjoyed it but what do i know. It was a gift for the owner having loaned me the camera. I am ready for my own set. Ready for your input. Thank you

  • admin

    Canon 80D is a excellent camera and for travel Photographers I recommend to get Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Lens and for zoom you should get 70-300mm L IS USM lens if possible.

  • Nik

    I want to know the name of best portrait shooting lens, I know Canon 50mm F1.8 is a goof lens but what about Canon 50mm F1.4 or any third party solution from your side ?

  • admin

    In my opinion Canon 50mm F1.8 STM lens is applicable for Still as well as video purpose. Whereas, if you can afford then 50mm F1.4 lens is one of the best Canon portrait lens that creates amazing bokeh and excellent for low-light situation.

  • Phil

    Is anyone know for any good wide angle zoom lens with high aperture for canon 80d? How about for regular zoom lens? I mainly use for traveling taking landscape and scenic photos.

  • admin

    The best lens for taking landscape and scenic photos will be Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 (You asked for high aperture)

    If you want to go more wide then Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro Lens is one of the best option.

  • amit

    Canon name one affordable portrait lens for Canon 80D DSLR

  • admin

    We have the all time popular Canon 50mm F1.8 Lens. You can get it at an affordable price.

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