Best 3 Budget Friendly Canon Lenses

  By Ryley Smith

Are you looking for a new, budget-friendly Canon mirrorless lens but aren’t sure where to start? Well, Dave from TCSTV did the hard work for you and tested out three of the best budget-friendly Canon lenses, 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 against their high-end counterparts. Diving into the key features to look at when purchasing a lens, Dave shows us what you gain and lose with getting a more affordable RF lens to help you decide which is the best option for you!

The big question is, 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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Featured in this blog: 

Canon RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 IS STM

Canon RF 100-400mm f5.6-8 IS USM

Canon RF 800mm f11 IS STM


Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.