Canon 5D Mark III Kit Lenses
1. Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS
The Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS is an excellent choice for photographers who are looking for a single lens that can handle a variety of shooting situations, including portraiture and travel photography, without breaking the bank. This lens provides image stabilization, and quick and precise autofocus, and it maintains its sharpness throughout the entirety of its zoom range.
Remember that despite its flexibility and image stabilization, this is a consumer lens, and its maximum aperture of f/4 is restrictive in terms of how well it performs in low light and how well it creates bokeh. Consider purchasing the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens if you are a professional or someone else who wants a walk-around and travel lens that has exceptional optics (below).
2. Canon 24-70mm f/4 L IS
The Canon 24-70mm f/4 L IS was made available for purchase in 2013 and is the second lens choice that can be purchased in a bundle with the Canon 5D Mark III. The 24-70mm f/4 version is a play on the iconic 24-70mm f/2.8, and it offers almost the same level of sharpness while being significantly more affordable and considerably lighter due to the increased use of plastic in the manufacture.
This lens is an intriguing alternative for photographers on a budget who are looking for a high-quality lens suitable for travel and family life. However, the 24-70mm f/4 kit is now a worse value than the 24-150mm kit since the 24-150mm kit is less costly overall while having a lens that is more expensive when purchased alone.
In the event that the costs of the kits were switched, you would be faced with a challenging decision. However, given the current circumstances, we advise going with the 24-105mm lens in order to save money while also acquiring a greater zoom range.
3. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II
We suggest this lens in its f/4 iteration for the less expensive Canon 6D, but for the more expensive 5D Mark III, we opt for the f/2.8 version. It is because of a lens like this that you are able to justify spending on a camera: the lens is exceedingly crisp, performs exceptionally well in low light for a wide-angle zoom, and can focus rather rapidly in most situations.
When everything is taken into consideration, this lens is the one that many professional landscape photographers turn to when they are looking for the versatility of a zoom lens combined with improved optical performance over the slower f/4 lens.
Even though the 24-70mm f/2.8L II package is somewhat pricey, this lens is an excellent addition to the set and makes for a terrific complementing lens. Try out the 16-35mm f/4 lens if you’re on a tight budget or if you don’t take many images that require a wide-angle perspective, such as landscapes.
4. Canon 14mm f/2.8 L
The Canon 14mm f/2.8 L lens is considered to be the company’s best ultra-wide-angle option. The lens has excellent optics and nearly little distortion, making it an excellent choice for professional photographers as well as photography lovers who take pictures of ultra-wide-angle landscapes or architectural subjects.
Keep in mind that 14mm is an awkward focal length; the vast majority of individuals would benefit more from investing in a lens that has a wider range of focal lengths, such as the Canon 16-35mm seen above. On the other hand, if you want the finest of the best in an ultra-wide, this is the one to get.
5. Canon 17-40mm f/4 L
One of the greatest deals on this list is the Canon 17-40mm f/4 L lens, which is ideal for photographers who are looking to cut costs while purchasing a wide-angle lens. When shooting inadequate light, the lens is crisp, focuses effectively, and covers a variety of focal lengths, making it ideal for wide-angle photography applications such as photographing landscapes.
Additionally, in comparison to the Canon 16-35mm lens described above, this one is both more affordable and more portable. The fact that the Canon 17-40mm’s maximum aperture is f/4 and that it does not have image stabilization are the two features that are the lens’s most significant drawbacks.
6. Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon
Carl Zeiss is known for producing some of the highest quality lenses available, with their manual focus Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon being regarded as the best wide-angle lens in the world. The Zeiss 21mm is incredibly crisp all the way to the corners and has nearly no distortion.
It was manufactured with mounts for both Canon and Nikon. Even though it has a somewhat large size for a prime lens, the optics of this lens are unparalleled, making it the lens of choice for many professional landscape photographers.
Walk Around and Portrait Lenses
7. Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II
One heck of a lens, the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II is the company’s premier offering in the middle-range zoom category. It has a zoom range that includes focal lengths ranging from landscapes to portraits, it is incredibly crisp, and it has rapid autofocus that is accurate.
These are just some of its many strengths. On the Canon 5D Mark III, the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 is the lens that pros and photography lovers with discriminating tastes choose to use for travel and as a walk-around lens. This lens creates amazing photographs.
On the other hand, there are some drawbacks to think about, such as the fact that the lens weighs over 30 ounces and does not come with image stabilization (although you won’t use it as frequently as you would with an f/4 lens). However, the quality of this lens is far higher than that of either of the lenses included in the package or the 24-70mm f/4 lens.
8. Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art
Sigma is one of our preferred third-party lens manufacturers because it produces one-of-a-kind lenses at prices that are, at times, lower than those of Nikon’s native products. In this scenario, the “Art” 35mm f/1.4
What are you willing to give up? There is a possibility of slower autofocus compared to Nikon, and the overall build quality is not nearly as good (although this Sigma lens is pretty well made). When you first get the lens, there’s a chance you’ll need to make some adjustments to the focus, which isn’t ideal for everyone.
Even though it costs almost twice as much and is far more cumbersome, we continue to be fans of the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 lens. Congratulations are in order for Sigma on their innovative Art series products, which have helped them become even more competitive.
9. Canon 50mm f/1.4
One of Canon’s 50mm lenses for full-frame cameras has a maximum aperture of f/1.4, and the other has a maximum aperture of f/1.2. Both of these lenses are manufactured by Canon. The latter is somewhat crisper and performs even better in low light, but its price tag of over 1,400 dollars is exorbitantly high.
It is possible that the f/1.2 version is more appealing to professional photographers who rely on the 50mm focal length; nonetheless, for the majority of people, we recommend the Canon 50mm f/1.4 since it is an exceptional lens and a wonderful bargain.
Telephoto Zoom Lenses
10. Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS
The Canon 70-200mm lens is available in two different focal lengths: f/4 and f/2.8. Both of these focal lengths are available for purchase. If you require the additional capability to work in low light, go with the f/2.8. Aside from that, the f/4 L IS is almost half the price and weighs half as much. Image stabilization is included with both of the iterations of the Canon 70-200mm lens, which both have superb optics.
11. Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS
The Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS is distinguished by its remarkable zoom range as well as its excellent optics. The lens’s performance in low light is adequate for the majority of situations due to its maximum aperture of f/4 and image stabilization; nevertheless, photographers who regularly work in low light should give serious consideration to purchasing the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8. In all other respects, the Canon 70-300mm is an excellent option for a telephoto zoom lens.
Zoom Lenses vs. Prime Lenses
In the argument between prime and zoom lenses, prime lenses are often quicker, lighter, and have less distortion than zoom lenses. Zoom lenses are far more adaptable than single-focus lenses since they span a variety of focal lengths rather than just one. In the past, experts relied largely on prime lenses, while amateurs utilized zooms. However, the gap between the two groups is beginning to close as Canon and other lens makers continue to enhance the optical performance of their zoom products.
If you only purchased the camera body of the Canon 5D Mark III and not the accompanying lens package, you are beginning from scratch and have a greater motivation to choose specialized prime lenses. If not, beginning with the 24-105mm f/4 L IS makes a great deal of sense considering the additional cost is only $600. Even with the significant price cut, we might not go with this lens in particular, but it’s a good alternative for beginners because it has a focal length range that covers a lot of ground (the upside of zooms).
The fact of the matter is that the majority of pros utilize a combination of prime lenses and zoom lenses. The Canon 28-70mm f/2.8 is a legendary pro zoom lens that is capable of producing exceptional photographs and may remain attached to your camera for the majority of shooting situations. In addition, you may improve the optical performance even further by purchasing a few prime lenses in the focal lengths that you use the most.
No matter what kind of photography you do, having a telephoto zoom lens in your bag is always a good idea. However, some professionals prefer to utilize prime telephoto lenses since they can more precisely control the focal length of the image.