In today’s article, we are going to be taking a look at what we feel are the best telephoto lens for Canon 50d cameras currently available on the market right now. Although we actually had a pretty long “short list” of lenses for this article, we have settled on two that we wanted to feature.
Both of these lenses offer excellent performance and functionality and for what you are actually getting in them, they are relatively budget-friendly. That said, we have tried to take into account the budgets of our readers when deciding what lenses to feature. You can click here if you want to see a full list of telephoto lenses that include the higher priced premium ones that will natively work with your Canon 50d.
The Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
The lens comes with a massive focal length making it ideal for a large number of photography niches as well as suitable as an all in one type lens depending on what you are going to need from your photography kit. Throughout its whole focal range, the lens offers superior image quality with its image stabilization technology helping to remove some of the problems its competition has at the higher levels of zoom.
The autofocus motor on the lens is also very effective for helping to quickly and quietly focus your image for you in various situations without problem. Both the manual focus and manual zoom rings are very easy to locate even when looking through your 50d’s viewfinder due to their texture being different to the rest of the lens. Both of the manual rings are also smooth to turn while also being very responsive so you can easily tweak your image as required before choosing to capture it.
The variable aperture of the lens also allows you to adapt its performance as required to changing light conditions offering great performance in low light. In fact, the lenses performance in low light conditions seems to be one of the main reasons the community feel in love with it so quickly with so many people using it as their go-to all round lens of choice.
Depending on your photography niche, you may want to pick up some lens filters to further customer how the Canon EF-S 18-200mm performs for you. It comes with a 72mm lens thread and we would strongly suggest you consider checking out the Gobe 72mm filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for all of your lens filter needs.
All in all, we would strongly advise our readers to consider picking up the Canon EF-S 18-200mm if they are in the market for a telephoto lens for their Canon 50D. It has had a solid reputation with the community since its release and offers some of the best performance for its price available.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Canon EF-S 18-200mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC
This Sigma lens offers a massive focal range with great performance throughout offering some great photographs no matter the situation. The Sigma 18-250mm also comes with its own internal image stabilization technology that is very effective and helps to keep your photographs looking sharp and clean even towards its higher zoom levels.
The Micromotor-type autofocus motor in the lens is very quick making the lens ideal for any run and gun photography needs that you may have. Its motor is also pretty quiet when tweaking your focus for you but some cameras onboard microphones may pick up its clicks if being used for the audio track for a video recording.
Both the manual zoom ring and the manual focus ring have been texturized to help guide your fingers to them as well as to help you operate the rings in cold or wet conditions with minimal effort. The rings are both smooth and responsive when operated allowing you to adjust the image of your photography before choosing to capture it to ensure it is perfect every time.
The Sigma 18-250mm comes with a 62mm filter thread size to allow you to attach a wide range of lens filters that you may wish to purchase to allow you to further customize the performance of the lens to what you require.
In all honesty, either of these telephoto lenses will make a great companion for your Canon 50D. The both offer excellent image quality and performance for a very fair price.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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