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Top 11 Best Budget Canon EF / EF-S Mount Lenses 2020

Here are the lenses, we think, are perfect for Canon EF / EF-S DSLR owners who don't want to spend more than £100-£300 on their next lens.

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If you have a Canon EOS DSLR and are looking for a new lens that's a bit of a bargain, you're in the right place as all of the lenses listed here can be purchased for around £100-£300.

Everything from a 'nifty fifty' to wides and travel zooms are featured which goes to show that a wide variety of lenses that can be purchased for Canon DSLRs without spending a fortune. Yes, they may not be the latest versions and may not have the 'bells and whistles' more expensive lenses have but really, all you need is a piece of glass that can help you take awesome photos and these on this list can do that. 

Not a Canon user but still want a budget-friendly lens? Have a read of this top list: Top 18 Best Budget Lenses 2018 or, if you're a Canon user and have a bit more cash to splash, this top list will be right up your street: Top 21 Best Canon EOS Lenses 2018.


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1. Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro 

Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro

As a general purpose short telephoto for portraits, landscapes, etc., it may be that the loss of AF will be an inconvenience. However, in the arena of macro shooting, the Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro lens comes into its own, being what it is clearly designed for. Very often MF is the method of choice for macro shooting anyway. All the accuracy of the focusing is concentrated in the macro range and the image snaps clearly into focus in the viewfinder or on the monitor screen.

The Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro lens is a well made, well-priced lens that will do the job efficiently and to an excellent standard.

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2. Meike MK 85mm f/1.8 

Meike Af 85mm F1,8 Front Oblique View

If you like value for money, then the Meike MK 85mm f/1.8 lens offers a bright, short telephoto prime lens, with an impressively low price point of around £185/$199. Suitable for both full-frame Canon DSLRs (EF), and APS-C Canon DSLRs (EF-S), the lens offers autofocus, and with a sharp centre, would be ideally suited for portraits. It's roughly half the price of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, so for those on a budget, it could be a great option. 

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

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

It is quite amazing that budget lenses like this are able to deliver image quality you'd expect from top of the range, professional quality glass from a few years ago, and the lens has image stabilisation (IS) as well. This lens delivers excellent sharpness, low CA and reasonable distortion, which is fantastic for a lens costing under £300.

If you don't require a fast maximum aperture for your ultra-wide angle shots with your APS-C Canon DSLR, then the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM should be more than adequate, while keeping some of your hard earned pennies in your wallet, pocket or purse.

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4. Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro Contemporary 

Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro Contemporary Lens


Overall, the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is a great choice for those wishing to travel light. It delivers sharp, contrasty images throughout the zoom range and build quality is great for a lens this inexpensive, as are focus speeds. The fact it focuses close as well, will make this lens an ideal, good value travel companion, and includes optical image stabilisation (OS).

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5. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM 

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

Those looking for a compact companion for their EF-S camera body need look no further than the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. The 38mm equivalent field of view this lens provides is only a little wider than a standard lens, which will make it suited for a wide range of subjects. The compact size and light weight make this ideal for travel or any other time that you may wish to keep things compact. The price is very reasonable given how this lens performs also.

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6. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM 

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM


Canon's older 'Nifty Fifty' was a popular lens despite its poor build quality as it represented such good value for money and this lens still represents great value due to the high levels of sharpness it produces. The build quality of this new lens is excellent, too, and should win over many fans as a result.

Overall, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is lightweight, quiet and delivers very good sharpness. 

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7. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM  

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

As this lens is intended as a budget option, it is quite surprising to see just how well it performs. Sharpness is outstanding in the centre of the frame for much of the zoom range, which is how you might expect much more expensive lenses to perform. You'll also find image stabilisation (IS) is included, helping keep shots sharp at slower shutter speeds, or when using more telephoto zoom. 

Overall, the Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS STM lens delivers outstanding sharpness in the centre delivering better than expected performance at this price.

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8. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM A 

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM A

This lens is a great choice for owners of Canon cameras, after a high quality, standard lens with a fast maximum aperture. The Sigma 30mm has a fast f/1.4 aperture and very good sharpness in the centre.

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9. Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye CS II 

Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye CS II Lens


Even if you discount the fact that this 8mm fisheye is a high-quality lens, available for under half the price of equivalents from other manufacturers, this is a very interesting lens. It is capable of producing images with excellent sharpness, the build quality is good, and the removable hood adds extra flexibility, allowing the lens to be used as a partial circular fisheye on full frame cameras. Even the lack of autofocus shouldn’t put you off this lens, as the depth of field available with a fisheye, makes focusing manually incredibly easy.

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10. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM


Gone are the days where the kit lens supplied with your entry-level DSLR is a substandard piece of junk, only fit to tide you over until you save up for an upgrade. Although the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM may be made mostly of plastic, optically it performs well enough to satisfy the needs of most photographers, and includes optical image stabilisation (IS). The fact that most owners of this lens will buy it as part of a camera kit, it's worth knowing that is maybe a lens to keep after all.

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11. Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye 

Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens


Those looking for a budget circular fisheye could do a lot worse than the Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5. It offers excellent sharpness in the centre of the image circle for a decent price. The build quality and handling do leave some room for improvement, but this may be easy to look by, especially considering the image quality on offer for the price.

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If you're a Canon user and have a little more cash to spend, this top list is perfect for you: Top 21 Best Canon EOS Lenses. Plus, keep up-to-date with all the latest Canon camera and lens releases over in reviews

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