Best Telephoto Lenses for Canon DSLRs

Best Telephoto Lenses for Canon DSLR Cameras. Looking for recommended telephoto lenses for Canon DSLR cameras? Here are the top rated telephoto lenses for Canon DSLRs.

You know, a telephoto lens is a lens whose focal length is longer than the focal length of a standard lens. Today, we’ll concentrate on telephoto prime lenses (including super telephoto prime lenses) and telephoto zoom lenses to find out the best telephoto lenses for Canon Full Frame DSLR Cameras and APS-C DSLR Cameras.

Below are the best telephoto lenses for Canon DSLRs. All the lists are based on the test results from DxOMark. You can choose the one you need.

Best Telephoto Lenses for Canon DSLR Cameras

Telephoto Prime Lenses for Full Frame DSLRs | Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Full Frame DSLRs | Telephoto Prime Lenses for APS-C DSLRs | Telephoto Zoom Lenses for APS-C DSLRs

Best Telephoto Prime Lenses for Canon Full Frame DSLRs: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, 5D Mark III, 6D Mark II, 1D X Mark II

Zeiss 135mm f/2.0 APO-Sonnar T ZE Lens and Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens are the best performing telephoto prime lenses for Canon Full Frame DSLRs, but both of them are very expensive. Of course you can buy one if you can afford it. Considering the price and the performing, Sigma 85mm f/1.4 and EF 100mm f/2 USM lenses are really great lenses. And Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM is a great super telephoto prime lens for Canon full frame DSLRs. See the best telephoto prime lenses for Canon full frame DSLRs below and choose the one you need.

LensPriceDxOMarkBuy Now
Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE$2,12238Amazon/Adorama
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO Planar T*$4,49938Adorama
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM$89435Amazon
EF 100mm f/2 USM$42533Amazon
Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZE$1,84332Amazon
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM$1,79931Amazon
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF$29930Amazon
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM$33528Amazon
Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZE$1,28328Amazon
Super Telephoto Prime
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM$6,79932Amazon
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM$10,99930Amazon
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM$76926Amazon
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM$12,79926Amazon
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM$10,39925Amazon
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro$1,09924Amazon
EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM$1,42922Amazon
EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM$1,34919Amazon

Best Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Canon Full Frame DSLRs: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, 5D Mark III, 6D Mark II, 1D X Mark II

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens is the best performing telephoto zoom lenses for Canon Full Frame DSLRs, but it is very expensive. So the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and the new released Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S are all great lenses. See the best telephoto zoom lenses for Canon DSLRs below and choose the one you like.

LensPriceDxOMarkBuy Now
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM$3,59929Amazon
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD$1,49928Amazon
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM$1,89927Amazon
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S$1,999Amazon
EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x$11,79924Amazon
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD$1,06917Amazon/Adorama
Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO$94917Amazon
EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM$2,55417Amazon
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro$62914Amazon

Best Telephoto Prime Lenses for Canon EOS 80D, 77D, 7D Mark II, Rebel APS-C DSLRs

Below are the recommended telephoto prime lenses for Canon EOS 7D Mark II, 7D, 70D, 60D, Rebel APS-C DSLRs. Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* and Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 are the best two, according to the DxoMark test results. You can choose Sigma 85mm f/1.4 or EF 100mm f/2 USM instead if you want to find a cheap one with great performing. See the list below and choose the one suits you best.

LensPriceDxOMarkBuy Now
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO Planar T*$4,49924Adorama
Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE$2,12224Amazon/Adorama
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM$89422Amazon
EF 100mm f/2 USM$42521Amazon
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM$1,79920Amazon
Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZE$1,84320Amazon
EF 135mm f/2.0L USM$88919Amazon
Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZE$1,28319Amazon
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF$29919Amazon
Super Telephoto Prime
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM$6,79920Amazon
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM$10,99919Amazon
EF 200mm f/2.8L IS II USM$76918Amazon
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM$12,79917Amazon
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM$10,39916Amazon
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro$1,09915Amazon
EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM$1,42914Amazon
EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM$1,34911Amazon
Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro$68911Amazon

Best Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Canon EOS 80D, 77D, 7D Mark II, Rebel APS-C DSLRs

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD, Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO and Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM are the best performing telephoto zoom lenses for Canon APS-C DSLRs. The new released Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S is also a great one. See the recommended telephoto zoom lenses for Canon 7D Mark II, 7D, 70D, 60D and choose the one you like best.

LensPriceDxOMarkBuy Now
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD$1,49919Amazon
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S$1,999Amazon
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO$94919Amazon
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM$3,59919Amazon
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM$1,89917Amazon
EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x$11,79915Amazon
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM$54912Amazon
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II$29911Amazon
EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM$2,55411Amazon
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD$1,06910Amazon/Adorama
Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO$94910Amazon
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM$1,49910Amazon