If you don’t plan to buy any other lens, you will be better served with a point and shoot or bridge camera. On the other hand, if you want an HDSLR and can only afford a single lens right now the Canon 24-105 L 4 IS is a good choice. Its focal range is flexible enough to shoot in nearly all situations and the IS makes it very stable. Its only back draw is the f/4 aperture which is not enough to create a cinematic look when shooting at the wide side of the zoom range.

If you are using a EF-S mount camera (Canon 7D, 60D, Canon Rebel T4i, etc..) the 17-55 IS f/2.8 is a very attractive purchase since it combines a wide aperture (2.8) with image stabilization at a nearly reasonable price.

Recently added to the Canon line for cameras like the Canon Rebel T4i, the new STM lenses (EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens, Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, and Canon EF-M 22mm f/2) are also good choices since they’re designed to work for stills and video more quietly.

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