Don’t worry about sacrificing lens quality because of your budget. Dave from TCSTV tested out three of the best budget-friendly Canon lenses, so you can find your perfect lens without breaking the bank. The Canon RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 IS STM, the Canon RF 100-400mm f5.6-8 IS USM and the Canon RF 800mm f11 IS STM all hold up great against their high-end counterparts. Focusing on the key features to look at when purchasing a lens, Dave’s honest review shows you can get a lot of bang-for-your-buck out of an affordable RF lens. It’ll just be hard not to buy more than one now!
You may be asking yourself, how do you know if an entry-level lens is the better option for you versus a more expensive, higher-quality lens? Well, the first thing to look at is build construction. When comparing lenses, specifically the Canon RF 24-105mm f4-7.1, Dave noticed a significant difference in build quality between the entry-level and high-end lenses. For those requiring extensive weather-sealing for outdoor shoots, whether it be protection from the snow, rain or dust, an entry-level lens may not be the best choice. But for fair-weather shooters, it’s not a make or break, but actually, a bonus as they are often lighter weight making them easier to travel with.
The next major thing to compare is autofocus. Dave was pleasantly surprised to see that there wasn’t a huge difference between the entry-level and the higher-end lenses. Both the Canon RF 100-400mm f5.6-8 and its high-end counterpart kept up with Dave’s tests, showing how Canon’s optical quality is rather consistent across the board. Of course, the higher-end lens will focus and adjust quicker, but it might not be enough to justify the price difference.
Then the biggest question that needs to be answered is how is the image quality? With optical quality consistently getting better, Dave found that, not only did these lenses perform better than expected, but in his opinion, out-performed their price point! The Canon RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 and the Canon RF 100-400mm f5.6-8 both performed remarkably well compared to their high-end counterparts. The only downfall to take note of was there was some more pronounced vignetting and background blur isn’t as pronounced as it is with the higher-end lenses.
But enough talk, lets see how these lenses compared during Dave’s testing in the TCSTV episode below!
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