Regardless of the specific camera model you use, or only rely on third-party equipment, we hope that this article will provide you with the best information you need when choosing a lens.
Lenses are very important to your life as a photographer – they influence the way you portray a location or objects. The best lenses will also allow you to impart your own personal vision on images, and make the result suit your intentions. Read on for our reviews on the best lenses in the game.
Nikon AF-P DX VR – best for wide angle zooming
This has gained a positive reputation among many users in a short time, especially considering its low weight, fast focus, and very good optical performance.
Note: the AF-P lenses are only compatible with the latest DLSR models from Nikon.
- Ultra-wide view, which even surpasses Kit Lens types
- Focus distance (smallest) is 0.8 ft./0.22 m, regardless of zoom position
- It has VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization to keep videos and photos sharp, even when handheld
- Almost silent autofocus stepping motor
Compared to its predecessor, the range of view is less, coming in at 10 to 200mm. Even if you might be disappointed by the noticeable blurring when using it in close up shots, it will make up for this in its size and weight – as well as the shorter zoom-in focal point.
- Very sharp photos
- Compact and lightweight
- Optical stabilization for better focus
- Covers a very wide viewing angle
- Narrow aperture
- Noticeable distortion in the barrel
- Its corners tend to dim out
- Experiences chromatic aberration
There are some big things that are going well for these lenses, such an optical stabilization, sharp optics, lightweight build, and ultra-wide viewing field. However, the distortion is quite heavy, and the widest angles suffer from weaknesses in edge sharpness – but it presents a budget-friendly choice, and will work for you in many circumstances.
Sigma 17-70mm DC Macro HSM Lens – best pick
Among the Sigma lineup of lenses, this is among the first that was released by the company, coming in the ‘Contemporary’ group of products.
- HSM Lens of aperture f/2.8-4 DC
- Zoom type of lens
- Lens mounts in use are the Pentax KAF3, Nikon F, Canon EF-5, Minolta Alpha DR, and the Sigma SA Bayonet.
- The smallest focusing distance is 8.6in/22cm regardless of zooming range
- Filters of 72mm
- Constructed from thermally stable composite material
- Maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9
- 7 diaphragm blades
The balance between the maximum aperture and zoom range uses a fine balance, and this makes it ideal for photographers who want a general purpose zoom of high quality, and also those looking for a camera that can handle everyday use.
- The focus of the lenses is very sharp, regardless of focal length
- The clarity and color are great
- Its focus ring is smooth and wide (when you apply correct amounts of drag)
- It remains retracted even while you move around with it
- Works very well even without flash photography
- Not very good at handling wide shots
This camera lens offers both fast zoom and an extended range zoom. These features allow it to be a useful upgrading option, especially if you have outgrown your kit zooms and are an SLR shooter.
Sigma 30mm (for Canon) F1.4 Art DC Lens – best single focal length lens
When using a prime lens, you will notice that it is simply a single focal length. Thanks to the removal of the zoom, it will allow the lenses to become sharper, lighter and smaller, while allowing more light …