It has been already more than four years since I bought my first DSRL camera (Canon 1200D). The camera still works great. Only the kit lens has started to malfunction (autofocus isn't working anymore properly).

I decided to see what are my options and created the following top 5 best selling Canon lenses on Amazon article. Right now my favorites are 24mm pancake lens and kit 18-55mm lens. Most probably I will end up ordering just a replacement kit lens (18-55) for my camera. From my experience I can say - kit lenses just rocks - they are universal and will do most of the job. 

Alternatively see: Top 10 Best Selling Canon Digital Camera (EF / EF-S) Lenses

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

The wide f/1.8 aperture lets in more than 8x the amount of light compared to the standard zoom lens that is provided with your EOS*. This results in sharper images with less motion blur and reduced need to use flash in dimly lit conditions so you can easily capture the atmosphere of a low light environment.The 50mm focal length allows you to fill the frame with your subject from a comfortable distance making it a great lens for portraits. A similar perspective to the human eye and its compact size make the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM a great everyday lens to always carry with your EOS camera.The near-silent STM (Stepping Motor) technology focuses extremely quickly when shooting photos, so you can react suddenly to capture fleeting moments. Creating high quality movies is easier with STM as it delivers steady and quiet continuous focusing, so your movies are smooth, and soundtracks only capture the surrounding sounds and not the noise of a focusing motor.The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM replaces the popular EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens which was affectionately known for giving outstanding picture quality at an affordable price. This latest version gives the same stunning photo quality but with a fast, near-silent focus motor and a more robust build that belies its price.

  • 50mm focal length and maximum aperture of f/1.8
  • Great for portraits, action, and nighttime photography; Angle of view (horizontal, vertical, diagonal): 40º, 27º,46º
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.15 ft. (0.35m) and a maximum magnification of 0.21x
  • Stepping motor (STM) delivers near silent, continous Move Servo AF for movies and smooth AF for stills
  • 80mm effective focal-length on APS-C cameras, 50mm on full-frame cameras.Lens Construction:6 elements in 5 groups

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Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens

Incredibly lightweight, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a fast and versatile lens with advanced AF and superior optics. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 38mm, it's appropriate for a variety of purposes. The lens features optimized lens element placement and includes an aspheric element for high image quality from the center of the composition to the corners, and has specialized coatings on the lens elements to reduce ghosting and flare. To ensure excellent color balance, a 7-blade circular aperture provides superb out-of-focus detail. The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM excels during movie shooting thanks to its STM motor that enables silent and smooth focus tracking (on EOS cameras with Movie Servo AF), plus a micro-stepping drive that keeps aperture changes quiet. The lens also offers full-time manual focus, manual AF adjustment (one-shot AF), and can focus down to a minimum distance of 0.5 ft. (0.16m). Delivering optical brilliance in a lightweight and unobtrusive construction, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a great fixed-optical length lens for photographers looking to add a travel-friendly option to their collection.

  • Wide-angle lens for Canon APS-C cameras (equivalent to 38mm on a full-frame camera)
  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 24mm 1:2.8, maximum magnification of x0.27
  • Slimmest and lightest lens of the EF-S series
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in One Shot AF mode
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.16 m/0.5 ft.
  • This product is compatible with all non-full frame Canon EOS digital SLRs

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Zoom Lens (Bulk Packaging)
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Zoom Lens (Bulk Packaging)

Designed for high-quality still image and video capture while being compact and lightweight, the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens features the optics, AF and image stabilization necessary for shooting in any number of situations. For brilliant image quality it has one high-precision aspheric lens to reduce chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range. It features optimized lens coatings to ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare and a 7-blade circular aperture to ensure beautiful, soft backgrounds. For outstanding performance, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens perfectly complements the Movie Servo AF feature found on select EOS Cameras with a compact six-group zoom system and a new stepping motor and focus mechanism to deliver smooth and quiet continuous AF during movie shooting. Still photography benefits from a high-speed CPU and an optimized AF algorithm. Full-time manual focus is available in AF mode and the front element does not rotate during focus, perfect for use with polarizing filters. Handheld photography is enhanced by the lens' Optical Image Stabilizer system, offering the equivalent of four stops of compensation. Compact and highly versatile, it is the ideal lens to carry anywhere.

  • 18-55mm focal length, f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens
  • 28.8-88mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F3.5-5.6 maximum aperture, F22-38 minimum
  • Micromotor-type AF motor without full-time manual focusing
  • Optical Image Stabilizer system, offering the equivalent of four stops of compensation

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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens

Bring your photographic subjects closer with this Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens. It is designed with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology and is compact and light. This high zoom ratio lens is equivalent to a focal length of 88-400mm in the 35mm format (when used on Canon EOS cameras compatible with EF-S lenses). The image stabilizer effect is equivalent to a shutter speed about 4 stops faster than the same size lens without Image Stabilizer. In other words, if the slowest shutter speed you could formerly hold a 250mm lens steadily was 1/250th of a second, with Canon's 4-stop stabilization correction, you could hand-hold at shutter speeds as slow as 1/15th of a second. It also uses a UD-glass lens element to correct chromatic aberration for excellent image quality throughout the zoom range. Filter Size - 58mm Max. Diameter - x Length 2.8 in. x 4.3 in./70 x 108mm (maximum lens length) Weight - 13.8 oz./390g Canon 1 year limited warranty

  • Maximum aperture: f/4.0-f/5.6
  • Optics: 12 elements in 10 groups, UD glass element
  • Canon EF-S Mount (not compatible with full sensor DSLRs)

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Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 is STM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (Renewed)

Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 is STM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (Renewed)

  • Focal length and maximum aperture: 55-250mm 1:4-5.6
  • Lens construction: 15 elements in 12 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 27 Degree 50 ft. - 6 Degree 15 ft.
  • Rear focus system, Closest focusing distance: 0.85m/2.8 ft.

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