Some common recommendations follow.
Canon's small sensor cameras mostly use a 1.6x crop factor (except for the 1D series, which is 1.3), so a normal lens would be 50mm/1.6 = 31.25mm, and focal lengths for standard zooms are correspondingly shorter than on full frame standard zooms.
- Canon EF-S 18-55mm: kit on Rebel series, considered very soft
- FF FOV equivalent of 29-88mm, EF-S analog of Canon EF 28-90mm
- Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM: kit on 30D, 40D
- FF FOV equivalent of 27-136mm, EF-S analog of Canon EF 28-135mm
- (The-Digital-Picture review) (Bob Atkins review)
- Canon EF-S 17-55mm ($1,300) excellent standard lens
- FF FOV equivalent of 27-88mm
- Notable features: high-quality glass (similar to L series, though lower build quality), and at f/2.8, quite fast for a zoom.
- (Philip Greenspun Review at photo.net) (Fred Miranda Review) (The-Digital-Picture.com Review) (dpreview.com Review)
A normal lens on a 1.6x crop factor camera would be about 31mm. Canon doesn't make a prime lens at this point, but does make some EF wide-angle lenses that can work. Others instead suggest the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 as the best prime normal lens for Canon APS-C cameras.
- Canon EF 28mm: f/2.8, f/1.8
- Canon EF 35mm: f/2 ($200); f/1.4 L USM ($1,100)
- Sigma 30mm f/1.4 for Canon ($400)
- Recommended by Philip Greenspun at photo.net.
- a Canon EF 50mm: (Comparison of Canon 50mm lenses, at The-Digital-Picture) (Other comparison, at photo.net)
- 50/1.8 II is high quality and excellent value ($75),
- 50/1.4 is more expensive ($300) but widely praised,
- and 50/1.2 is very expensive ($1,300) but very fast.