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Choosing your perfect beginner telephoto lens

12th October 2021

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a new lens – It can be quite daunting especially if you are new to the photography scene evaluating between the many lenses to choose from. Here are some tips on picking your perfect beginner all-rounder lens.


What do the lens names mean?

E.g., 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

RF - Mount system

24-105mm - Focal length

f/4 - Aperture

IS - Stabilization

USM - Motor type

An all-rounder lens is your Swiss army knife of lenses, one tool does it all from wide-angle to telephoto. These are great value lenses commonly known as a 'travel lens’ for photographers who like to bring only one lens which can go wide to take photos of scenery or zoom if needed.

When travelling you want a lens that can capture amazing scenery on your travels, and portraits of your travelling party. This lens is a great option when you need an affordable, versatile, lightweight, and a compact solution!


Shot on Canon EOS M50 Mark II with EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

Here are some beginner all-rounder lens suggestions for the different Canon systems:

RF System: RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM

EF System: EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

EF-M System: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

Here are some videos to give you a bit of an insight for telephoto lenses


Shot on Canon EOS R6 with RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM


Shot on Canon EOS 90D DSLR with EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM


Shot on EOS M50 Mark II with EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
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