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.

Lens Price DxOMark Buy Now
Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE $2,122 38 Amazon
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO Planar T* $4,499 38 Amazon
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM $894 35 Amazon
EF 100mm f/2 USM $425 33 Amazon
Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZE $1,843 32 Amazon
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM $1,799 31 Amazon
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF $299 30 Amazon
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM $335 28 Amazon
Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZE $1,283 28 Amazon
Super Telephoto Prime
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM $6,799 32 Amazon
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM $10,999 30 Amazon
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM $769 26 Amazon
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM $12,799 26 Amazon
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM $10,399 25 Amazon
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro $1,099 24 Amazon
EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM $1,429 22 Amazon
EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM $1,349 19 Amazon

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.

Lens Price DxOMark Buy Now
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM $3,599 29 Amazon
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD $1,499 28 Amazon
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM $1,899 27 Amazon
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S $1,999 Amazon
EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x $11,799 24 Amazon
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD $1,069 17 Amazon
Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO $949 17 Amazon
EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM $2,554 17 Amazon
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro $629 14 Amazon

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.

Lens Price DxOMark Buy Now
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO Planar T* $4,499 24 Adorama
Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE $2,122 24 Amazon
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM $894 22 Amazon
EF 100mm f/2 USM $425 21 Amazon
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM $1,799 20 Amazon
Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZE $1,843 20 Amazon
EF 135mm f/2.0L USM $889 19 Amazon
Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZE $1,283 19 Amazon
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF $299 19 Amazon
Super Telephoto Prime
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM $6,799 20 Amazon
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM $10,999 19 Amazon
EF 200mm f/2.8L IS II USM $769 18 Amazon
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM $12,799 17 Amazon
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM $10,399 16 Amazon
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro $1,099 15 Amazon
EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM $1,429 14 Amazon
EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM $1,349 11 Amazon
Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro $689 11 Amazon

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.

Lens Price DxOMark Buy Now
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD $1,499 19 Amazon
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S $1,999 Amazon
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO $949 19 Amazon
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM $3,599 19 Amazon
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM $1,899 17 Amazon
EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x $11,799 15 Amazon
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM $549 12 Amazon
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II $299 11 Amazon
EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM $2,554 11 Amazon
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD $1,069 10 Amazon
Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO $949 10 Amazon
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM $1,499 10 Amazon
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