The Best Kit Lens Upgrades for Canon DSLRs

If you’re a Canon shooter and you’re still rocking the 18-55mm f/3.5-f/5.6 kit lens that came with the camera, it might be time for an upgrade.

Though there’s nothing wrong with Canon’s kit lens, there are definitely better alternatives out there that are more appropriate for more skilled photographers.

The question, of course, is which Canon zoom lens should you buy to replace your kit lens?

Here’s a few options to consider.


Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-f/4 Contemporary DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma has made great strides in recent years in terms of the quality of their lenses, and this 17-70mm f/2.8-f/4 lens is no exception.

Not only does it offer expanded zoom range over a typical Canon kit lens, but it also has a much wider aperture that ranges from f/2.8-f/4 that will enable you to take better low-light images and better images with a shallow depth of field.

On top of that, this lens is compact, lightweight, and has image stabilization.

You’ll also find that this lens offers excellent performance in the sharpness department, even at the edges at wider

Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 SP XR Di II VC

Another option to consider when upgrading your Canon kit lens is the very affordable Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 shown above.

Like the Sigma lens, this lens offers both more zoom range and a larger maximum aperture.

Tamron has also included Vibration Compensation which operates on three axes to give you improved handheld performance to the tune of about four additional stops.

Though its performance from a sharpness standpoint isn’t as good as the other lenses on this lens, it’s a more-than-capable replacement for your Canon kit lens.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM

Of course, Canon also makes excellent kit lens upgrades, and this 24-70mm f/4L lens is certainly one of them.

The highest priced lens on this list, the Canon 24-70 is also the most durable and well-built of the three.

The compact, lightweight design of this lens is paired with weather-proofing that helps it resist dust and water. The two aspheric and two UD lens elements provide excellent image quality at any focal length as well.

Like the Tamron lens, this Canon lens has an image stabilization feature that gives you four stops of compensation, making it an excellent choice for handheld shooting without sacrificing image quality.

Whether you opt for a Sigma, Tamron, or Canon kit lens replacement, you’ll find any of these great lenses to be more capable and reliable than your 18-55mm kit lens.