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Choosing the best all rounder lens for your Canon camera

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a new lens – It can be quite daunting especially if you are new to the photography scene evaluating between the many lenses to choose from. Here are some tips on picking your perfect general, all-rounder lens.

What makes a lens a good all rounder?

A good all-rounder lens will cover more or less of the focal lengths you desire all in one lens. They can sometimes be referred to as an ‘all-in-one' lens, a standard zoom lens or even commonly known as great travel lenses for photographers who like to bring only one lens which can go wide to take photos of scenery or zoom if needed.

When travelling you want a lens that can capture amazing scenery on your travels, and portraits of your travelling party. These lenses are a great option when you need an affordable, versatile, lightweight, and compact solution.

Why do I need an all rounder lens?

Taking a closer look at the focal range of 24-105mm lens; it offers a photographer the span of wide angle at more than 35mm, through to a typical portrait length of 50mm or 85mm and zoom capabilities of up to 105mm. The benefits of an all-rounder zoom lens include:

✓ Portability
✓ Versatility
✓ Affordability

What do the lens names mean?

Understanding how to read a lens name can be helpful when trying to decide which lens is best suited for your photography needs. There are different components which break down the compatibility to specifications:

E.g., RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

RF - Mount system
24-105mm - Variable focal length
f/4- Aperture
IS - Stabilization
USM - Motor type

What is the best RF all rounder lens for me?


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RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM

Great starter everyday lens and kit lens for your EOS R series body. Choose this for everyday stills and video, especially when travel due to it's compact size.

✓ Affordable
✓ Lightweight
✓ Huge focal range

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RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Versatile focal length to shoot a wide range of scenarios at high image quality. Great for travel and every day. Nano USM also makes it great to video.

✓ Constant f/4 aperture
✓ Solid L series construction
✓ Great option for videographers

Canon all rounder lens

RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM

Fast and sharp with f/2.8 maximum aperture, 5 stop Image Stabilization and Nano USM. The ideal standard zoom for professionals. Choose this for blurry background portraits or product photography, and capturing moving subjects such as animals and vehicles.

✓ Blurry backgrounds
✓ Better low light performance

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RF 28-70mm f/2L USM

Wide f/2 aperture offers the kind of image quality you’d expect from a prime lens. Great for experimenting with bokeh and low-light shooting. Choose this lens for portraits, weddings, landscapes and astro.

✓ Image quality
✓ Blurrier backgrounds
✓ Versatility

What's the best Canon EF all rounder lens for beginners?

What is the best EF prime lens for beginners?

A compact and lightweight ultra-wide lens great for landscape and architecture

✓ Ultra-wide zoom lens
✓ Broad landscapes
✓ Compact and lightweight

Watch Patty Lagera put the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens to the test on Canon EOS 90D DSLR