10 Best Canon EOS 1100D Lenses 2017

Canon EOS 1100D LensesThe Canon EOS 1100D is the entry-level model in Canon’s DSLR range. It’s an ideal camera for those starting out with photography, or looking to upgrade from a compact camera. It’s reasonably priced and offers enough functionality and quality to take some really good photos. It boasts a 12.2 megapixel sensor, 9-point autofocus, and 720p HD image capture. Users will find it versatile enough for a range of situations, and with the addition of a good lens you can really make the most out of it. Listed below are some of our favourite lenses to pair with the Canon EOS 1100D, including a selection of wide angle, walk-around, telephoto and macro lenses.

Wide Angle Lens for Canon EOS 1100D


A good wide angle lens is often the first additional lens purchased to compliment the kit lens. They’re good for landscapes, architecture and even portraits. They can give an exaggerated field of view compared to the naked eye, capturing more into a frame.

1. Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Why it’s great:

  • Large f/1.4 aperture prime lens, ideal for low-light shooting.
  • Sharp and clear image capture.
  • HSM (hypersonic motor) autofocusing.

Sigma have long been producing affordable alternatives to the ‘big’ names in photography such as Canon, Nikon and Sony. The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is a fantastic example of just this. The quality of the optics rivals, and potentially even beats, that of Canon’s equivalent. It’s quick to focus and delivers stunningly sharp images, with little chromatic aberration. At its widest aperture, the bokeh looks lovely and it excels in low-light conditions. Overall, this is our favourite wide angle lens to compliment the Canon 1100D.

Buying considerations:

  • Although the lens is well constructed, it lacks weather sealing.

2. Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM

Why it’s great:

  • Wide-angle capture with excellent sharpness.
  • Close-focusing with strong autofocus.
  • Well-constructed and lightweight.

It was a close call between the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and the above Sigma 35mm for top spot in our list. Both have exceptionally high quality craftsmanship and deliver consistently sharp images. Although the aperture is slower on this lens, the angle is wider and it has image stabilization. The Canon lens is also the cheaper of the two and is only slightly lacking in optical quality compared to the sigma.

Buying considerations:

  • Some lens flare noted, as well as fall off at maximum apertures.

3.  Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM

Why it’s great:

  • Excellent performance across a 17-40mm range.
  • Solid build quality.

The EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM is one of Canon’s most popular lenses, and it’s not hard to see why. The balance of quality and affordability makes it within budget to most whilst still delivering excellent performance, particularly in the centre of the frame. As a wide-angle lens for the Canon 1100D, you can’t go far wrong with this one.

Buying considerations:

  • Some softness at the edge of the frame.
  • Image quality drops off slightly at 17mm.

Best Walk-around Lens for Canon EOS 1100D


A walk-around lens is a general purpose lens that is versatile enough to use in everyday photography. They usually offer the flexibility to shoot different kinds of photos, without having to swap out lenses as you go.

1. Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Why it’s great:

  • Long 28-135mm focal length range.
  • USM autofocus and image stabilization.
  • Portable, ideal for travelling.

This is another lens on the list that is popular among many photographers. Taking this lens out and about is a joy; it’s easy to carry and performs well in a whole host of situations. The focal range is diverse enough for lots of different styles of photography, and the USM image stabilization really helps with shooting in low-light. Overall this is a superb general purpose lens.

Buying considerations:

  • The build quality is a little less than sturdy.

2. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

Why it’s great:

  • Wide f/2.8 aperture across zoom range
  • Excellent image stabilization and autofocus.

The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM is another versatile lens that benefits from Canon’s high optical quality. For the crop-sensor on the Canon 1100D it’s the perfect replacement for the kit lens in terms of walk-around photography. The USM autofocus and image stabilization make it possible to take handheld shots even in low light. The glass has Canon’s Super Spectra coating which reduces lens flare and associated loss of contrast.

Buying considerations:

  • Some loss of quality at f/2.8.
  • Build quality feels a bit lightweight.

3. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Why it’s great:

  • Excellent image sharpness.
  • Wide range of focal lengths.
  • Fantastic build quality.

The ‘L’ range of Canon lenses showcases the highest quality optics and construction the manufacturer offers. The EF 24-105mm is no exception to this, and provides a very strong replacement for the ever popular EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. Images are crisp and clear throughout the focal range, and particularly so at 24-50mm. This is a well-made and versatile lens.

Buying considerations:

  • The price tag is rather high compared to other walk-around lenses.

Best Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS 1100D


The focal range of telephoto zoom lenses make them ideal for capturing fast-action sports and nature shots. The zoom allows the subject to be photographed through a range of actions and distances. A wide aperture will benefit those shooting where there is restricted light.

1. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Why it’s great:

  • Affordable and high-quality telephoto zoom.
  • Image stabilization and fast autofocusing.
  • Relatively lightweight.

Those looking to make their first foray into telephoto zoom lenses with their Canon 1100D will find few better than the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-6.6 IS STM. Despite the relatively low-cost price point, there’s no compromise on the quality. Images are sharp throughout the long focal range and the image stabilization and autofocus means you can shoot straight from the hand. It’s light enough to carry around when travelling and performs well in all situations.

Buying considerations:

  • The lens mount is plastic and doesn’t feel overly sturdy.

2. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Why it’s great:

  • Impeccable image capture.
  • Wide f/2.8 aperture across focal length range.
  • Unrivalled build and durability.

This was another close call for the top spot. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a serious bit of kit. The optics, construction and features are second to none. The only things counting against it are the price and weight. The f/2.8 aperture across the zoom range means you can keep shooting sharp images in low-light settings. The image stabilization and autofocus are also exceptional.

Buying considerations:

  • All this quality doesn’t come cheap. Expect to pay a premium.
  • It’s a hefty lens without a doubt.

Best Macro Lens (that supports 1:1) for Canon EOS 1100D


Macro lenses are perfect for when you want to capture detail up-close and personal. Their ability to focus from a very close distance is what makes them desirable, although they will often be suitable for other types of photography too.

1. Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact

Why it’s great:

  • Compact, lightweight, high-quality construction.
  • Good for general purpose and macro photography.
  • Excellent sharpness with minimal distortion.

Canon has a good range of 50mm prime lenses, and the 50mm f/2.5 Compact is probably the sharpest. It’s good as a general purpose lens and can also be used as a macro lens without dropping a beat. It’s small and light enough to be taken anywhere, yet remains sturdy and well-constructed. If there’s one choice of macro lens for the Canon 1100D, make it this one.

Buying considerations:

  • Autofocus is slow.

2. Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Why it’s great:

  • Internal focus is fast and accurate.
  • Image capture is good, with little chromatic aberration.
  • Compact design.

The Canon EF-S 60mm f2/6 Macro USM is a lens that can produce incredibly detailed macro shots. It’s also a respectable mid-range telephoto lens. The USM autofocus is quick and quiet, particularly for a macro lens. The manual focus override is also very good, useful for minute adjustments when shooting up-close.

Buying considerations:

  • There’s no focus limiter switch, occasionally making it difficult to lock onto a subject.

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