Deal 9: Hacking Photography mega-deal
Over the last two weeks and in the lead up to Christmas when a lot of camera gear is bought – we’ve published lists of popular DSLR cameras and popular point and shoot digital cameras – based upon the buying habits of our readers at Amazon.
Today we’re going to take a similar look at DSLR lenses that are popular with our readers.
As I scan the list of popular DSLRs that have been purchased it’s clear that Canon and Nikon lenses have dominated the list once again. However instead of listing them in a mixed list in order of popularity I thought it’d be more useful to list them by manufacturer. Afterall – if you’ve got a Canon DSLR you’re not going to be interested in a Nikon or Pentax lens.
A further note – I’ve only listed lenses that have been purchased multiple times – this accounts for the different sizes of the lists (ie there were more Canon lenses bought multiple times than Nikon and fewer of other manufacturers).
Is your favourite DSLR lens on the list?
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December 14, 2011 09:04 am
I meant to say my favorites are NOT on the list.
December 14, 2011 09:03 am
My favorites are on the list. The Canon EF 400 f5.6L USM is my #1 lens. It's so sharp it hurts. I usually leave my Canon EF-S 10-22 f3.5-4.5 USM on the camera for walking around and tend to shoot at the wide end.
July 30, 2011 05:21 am
Interesting lists, but surprised at the lack of wide angle prime lenses for either camera. When I shot with
Canon, the 35mm f1.4 was a favorite and it's hard to beat the 24mm f1.4 either. Yet Canon offers several
"budget" primes which are well worth considering, the 28mm f1.8 and the 20mm f2.8. While I haven't used
Nikon for a number of years, the new 35mm f2.0 is a great lens if limited to the small frame DSLR's. It's hard to beat the Zeiss 21mm in that focal lenth and the Zeiss 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f.14 in either Canon or Nikon
mounts when comparing glass solutions. Personally I'll take my 35mm Summilux ASPH and challenge
anyone to find a better lens.
June 24, 2011 08:40 pm
Hi all, Anyone could help me please? Canon 17-85 or 28-135?
Witch would be better for walk around and portraits?
June 10, 2011 04:19 am
Recently got canon mp- e 65mm macro lens and the mt -24ex to boot ::absolutely brill results, not really put it throu it's paces yet but all appears sound must be the best for macro !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of any other lens !!
We'll see what happens ???
May 27, 2011 11:42 pm
i use mostly a canon efs 15/85 zoom lens with the canon 7d camera,i find the 15/85 lens a good all rounder
May 13, 2011 04:00 am
I have Nikon 35 1.8 DX, Sigma 17/50 2.8, Nikon 10/24 Dx for my D7000
April 24, 2011 06:00 pm
Canon 17-40MM. This stays on all the time. And 70-200. I'm now trying to decide between the 24 - 70 or the 24-105. I just can't make up my mind!! It wil probalbe come down to price.
February 3, 2011 11:16 pm
I agree with Chris above. The CZ 27-70 is a great lens. Heavy, so I don't carry it around, but for portraits it brings out beautiful colors and contrast.
My second best lens, but one I use much more than the Zeiss, is the Tamron 2.8/70-200. Great for outdoors work, but again, not one I carry around for doing my daily street photography. For that, I use the old Minolta 4-4.5/28-135 (great range!) lens. It provides the opportunity to zoom in but also lets me photograph an entire crowd or interesting building when I need to.
June 13, 2010 10:09 pm
To Chris - I'll tell you what beats the CZ 24-70/2.8 ... the Tamron 24-70/2.8! Sharper, half the price (oreven one third) and a better lens across the board. I know people like to get all worked up about the CZ lenses but (and I've used them extensively, including the 80/1.4 - which gets a run for it's money from the Samyang 80mm!)... they are the most overrated lenses on the market!
To Julie - being a Sony fan myself I know how you feel. Every photography site seems dedicated to the 'big two'. Those Zuiko lenses are amazing - contrary to the CZ lenses the Zuikos are the most underrated lenses on the market. You just keep enjoying what are some of the best glass money can buy (be sure not to let those Nikon and Canon dullards know your secret!)
June 4, 2010 07:46 pm
I got a Canon eos 550D with a EFS 18-135mm lens. Is that a good combination? I'm just a beginner.
June 4, 2010 07:41 pm
How about the new Canon EFS 18-135mm?
March 17, 2010 02:38 pm
My favorite lens of all time is my TS-E 24mm F3.5L. I know, I'm a freak. Its a little slow with f3.5, and yes, there is some softness around the edges (but with the way a tilt/shift works...that softness is unavoidable,) and there is no autofocus. these are small prices to pay for the level of control this lens gives me. Not being a huge fan of lengthy post processing, I tend to try to do as much of my work in-camera as I can. Not only does this keep my post processing time to a minimum, but also it helps maintain IQ. trust me, perspective correction in photoshop will cause a degredation of image quality.
March 13, 2010 03:20 pm
Tamron 17-50mm 2.8. stays on my 40D more than any other. Very sharp. Excellent lens.
February 19, 2010 02:41 am
the canon 17-40mm f4 L usm...............my prime lens.............goes with me everywhere...................
January 30, 2010 06:07 am
I have and use the 24 to 70mm as well as the 70 to 200mm 2.8. they are my work horses, but my favorite lenses for the way they trough the background out of focus are the 85 mm f1.2 and the 200mm f1.8
They are not as versital but give the pictures a special look you can not get from a f2.8 zoom lens.
January 29, 2010 04:42 am
Yes yes, my favorite is on the list.
It's the: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens !!
As a photographer/nature kind of guy I use this lens most to photograph insects, one of my favrite subjects.
The lens has 1:1 maginifcation on 35 mm, so it brings everithing reeeeally close if nessesary.
One thing though... I recently bought the Canon hood for this lens, but it is really very big! So for insect photography very difficult to not disturb the butterfly or whatever when you come close.
Anyway because of the winter I did not test that yet... We'll see in the spring.... But would there be an alternative shorter hood that fits on this lens too?
But this lens is also very good for portrait work!
I made a very nice shoot of Jesske, a model from in my neigbourhood just only using my 100 mm macro lens! You can see it if you surf to my website! (it's in dutch mostly, but you'll find your way!!!)
January 9, 2010 01:42 am
@ Gary Wooldridge,
Tamron SP AF60mm F2 Di II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro, will do the job
January 8, 2010 12:18 pm
I have the Sigma 10-20mm for my 500d. And love my 16-35mm f2.8 and 24-105mm f4 for my 5dmkii. Now I am looking for a good macro/portrait lens. Hope it will do both. Any suggestions people.
January 8, 2010 06:39 am
Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 APO DG HSM EX. Go big, or....
January 7, 2010 01:24 am
To noroom; if you read number five on the list it describes the right lense and at the bottom it says its pictured to the right.
January 6, 2010 10:22 am
What do you think of for universal use 18-270 AF Tamron? I have the 55-250 IS Canon. Would it be worth the purchase?
January 3, 2010 09:46 pm
This was a great article, always good to see pro reviews, especially when they are side by side. Somehow i feel in this review we missed the tamron lenses completely. I recently purchased the tamron 70-200 2.8 and it is a gr8 lens for it's price. though it falls short of the i.s. feature yet it delivers sharp pictures and wonderful colours.
I am just a novice in photography , and if the pros have missed the tamron lenses then they might be correct....
January 2, 2010 05:53 am
olympus is a great camera. canon is just big...network I used olympus and love it, but some how I got back to canon
December 31, 2009 04:45 pm
Im a beginner in photography and using an olympus E420 (zuiko17.5-45 f3.5-5.6) so depressing reading all these comments for most of them using canon dslr...feels like i cant fit in here..
December 30, 2009 06:22 am
I've just picked up the wonderful Canon 50mm f/1.8 and the fast and cheapish Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8, a great walkaround lens.
December 29, 2009 10:04 am
hello. could you please help. want to be taking photography on a higher note, and as for now have a canon 30D with the standard lens and a canon zoom lens EF 28-135mm 1:3.5-5.5.6 IS, which i got second hand. Thing is i need to know what you may call the, say three main lenses for mainly people photograph i.e - weddings, parties....
and CLOSE UP/ Portrait photography and say a reasonable zoom lens. All this, my limiting factor is Price, so will be looking for something good and reasonable on price, if i have to save for a good reasonable one off buy that will be worth it. Thank you for any effort to those who will help. [If any accessories which can be noted can be of help.]
December 20, 2009 06:11 am
as a sony user i have to say that the sony 50mm 1.4 lens is exceptional as is the 70mm-300mm G series lens both are fantastic quality ....
December 16, 2009 01:39 pm
Absolutely love my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 (for Nikon, but also made for Canon). Somewhat special-purpose, but a fantastic value - half the price of Nikon's nearest equivalent, and in many ways better.
December 16, 2009 04:02 am
70-200 F/4L IS should be on here over the non-IS. Agree with others that 17-50 should be here too. I don't really get the 50/1.4 on here - it's not that great, if you are going to put it here, why not the sigma 50/1.4?
December 16, 2009 12:04 am
I think some folks here are missing the point when they worry about the predominance of Canon/Nikon lenses and the lack of Sony, Pentax, olympus etc...
This isn't a list of the best lenses out there - this is a list of the most purchased lenses out there. The only way to change it and get your non-Canikon lenses on the list is to get out there with your credit cards... :o)
December 15, 2009 04:19 am
My Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS and Sigma 10-20 get the most use.
I did just buy the 50 mm f/1.4 and 35 mm f/2 and they're getting a lot of action lately, too.
I am looking at either the 24-70 f/2.8L or 24-105 f/4L IS.
December 13, 2009 04:43 pm
Love the sigma 150mm - 500mm reasonable price for long reach lens and good quality
December 12, 2009 08:18 pm
the 70-200 lense review says high quality camera = lense
December 12, 2009 04:49 pm
I use mostly two lenses for my Nikon700 and i love this...85mm f1/4 (this is really tank - full metal constr. and amazing sharp) and 17-35mm f2.8D. This set working perfectly from portraits to everyday shoot in city. Nikon80-200mm is super but i miss VR - this lens in close to 80mm loosing sharpness.
December 12, 2009 06:27 am
It surprises me the Nikon 30mm 1.8 DX prime lens isn't in the list! Quality/price wise this lens should definitely be in the list! The lens is only €180,- and the quality is super-b!
December 11, 2009 11:19 pm
I would add the Nikkor AF-S 35mm f1.8 to the list of popular lenses for Nikon. It's very affordable and serves as a normal lens when paired with an APS-C DSLR. Here's a review I wrote: http://www.shutteria.com/2009/09/nikon-35mm-lens.html
December 11, 2009 09:59 pm
Hi people! Anyone to help me with good lenses for Sony Alpha 200?
December 11, 2009 07:07 pm
I would love to see more varied lenses in this; eg lenses for Sony (My kit lens is NOT working out for me).
Maybe for other users as well such as Olympus, Pentax etc.
December 11, 2009 06:09 pm
What happened to the canon 18-200mm lens? D:
December 11, 2009 11:45 am
yes, my fav is on the list!! i have the canon's 50mm and 100mmm :)
but have to agree, the tokina 12-24mm and the tamron 15-50mm should be on the list. sharp and affordable.
December 11, 2009 10:16 am
For travel, the Nikon 18-200mm is a dream. It's definitely an option for those who hate changing between lenses, and when you need to take *that* shot quickly. I also bring a Nikon 35mm 1.8 with me for night shots, as this is light, small and great for when you need that big aperture.
December 11, 2009 08:52 am
Tamron SP AF 90mm Macro and Tokina 12-24 mm should be on the list, too.
December 11, 2009 07:44 am
My favourite isn't on there, but I guess it's pretty uncommon. Nikon 105 f/2 AF-D DC. Defocus Control for the win.
December 11, 2009 07:36 am
I got the canon 100 mm, f2.8, 17-55 f2.8 love them a lot. covers my activity pretty much. dreaming for the 200 2.8 but this will be only a dream for now....
I would like to know if any third party available with the same output to replace the 200 mm, f 2.8.
December 11, 2009 07:18 am
luv old manual lenses on my CANON 30D and 7D and MY NIKON D100 INFRA-RED FILTERED: MAINLY ON MY CAMERAS ARE THE 70-200MM L USM AND AN OLD NIKON 85MM FOR PORTRAITS ETC,THE BEST IS THE ZIESS 180MM ZEBRA,HEAVY YUPP !!!!!!! BUT WAT A PIECE OF GLASS !!!!!!! : BEST FOR MACRO SHOULD BE THE VIVITAR 100MM LIGHTLY BUILT BUT TO GOOD TO NOT BE MENTIONED:
CHOW 4 NOW PHOTO FANS: ANT [mr]
December 11, 2009 06:22 am
Good call on the sigma 10-20mm. That's an awesome lens, heaps of fun and more affordable that its nikon or canon equivalents... It sits proudly in my bag next to lenses 3x the price...
December 11, 2009 06:03 am
I have the EF 50 f1.8, Ef 70-200 2.8fL IS and the 17-40 f4.9L hehe
Soo many more I want to pick up! Just need the money to do it!
December 11, 2009 05:21 am
just wondering where the Canon 70-200mm IS F4 falls?
December 11, 2009 04:53 am
Love My canon nifty fifty 1.8! First lens i reach for.
December 11, 2009 04:24 am
I have to agree with jeriko1kenobi - another Nikon/Canon list! sheesh!!
I have an Olympus E30 and my fav all purpose lens is the Zuiko 12-60/2.8 SWD Love it!
Use it all the time and also my prime 50/1.2
Telephoto on my wish list.
I sometimes get discouraged with all the Nikon/Canon everything on here, but after looking at jeriko1kenobi 's photos on his blog (esp Peru) - wow - knowing I am using the same equipment, I know there is hope for me one day!
December 11, 2009 04:23 am
With my 5D mII, I do everything with 3 lenses:
Canon 70-200mm F2.8 wo stabilisation (enough because I can use high ISO, and cheaper than the stabilized one)
Canon 16-35mm F2.8 (nice for landscapes)
Canon 50mm F1.8 (really nice for the price to shoot with low light wo flash during shows, party, etc)
I am not sure I need another one
December 11, 2009 04:14 am
... you left out each and every Pentax limited. Ain't it a shame?
December 11, 2009 03:41 am
Nice to see 2 of my lenses in this list - 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM & 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM. I also use the 60 f/2.8 Macro USM - very great lens for portraits and smallest macro that gives you a 1:1... the 100mm isnt great with APS-C but is great with FF, the 60mm is just the right fit...
December 11, 2009 03:35 am
Canon 35 1.4L should be on that list.
December 11, 2009 02:10 am
I have the 24-70L and love it- but note that the current builds are prone to going slightly out of focus, resulting in soft images. A trip to a canon repair shop for recalibration while it's under warranty will fix the issue. In my case, some rings and other seals had to be replaced. But lovely lens.
Also have the 85 prime which i rarely use because you realllllly have to be far away from your subject to get full body shots... but for waist high portraits and walk around shots, images are super sharp and bokeh is fantastic! Read a lot about this vs the L version and the overall consensus was that the normal version was just a tad sharper than the L while the L was a tad more vivid...
And for anyone planning on getting a 24-70L (which again from the hundreds of reviews i read before getting mine- much better lens than the 24-105mm) or any L lens soon- Canon is planning an update to the 24-70L called the II series... and i believe will be updating the rest of their L line in the coming months, so you might want to wait until they make announcements.
I check the canon rumors site for updates on their lenses and upcoming gear... http://www.canonrumors.com/
Also read a lot of good reviews on the Tokina products with the major thing being that the quality and build is way better than anything Tamron can put out. They make a fantastic 11-16 / f2.8 but sadly, it's not designed for full frame... :(
December 10, 2009 10:19 pm
I agree on putting the Tamron 17-50 on this list. A very much talked about lens and great alternative to the canon/nikon models.
December 10, 2009 09:24 pm
on the Sony team, the Sony 18-250 is a superb versatile walkaround lens, a do-all perfect to learn, and "get" almost all shots you come along.
Next will be the Sony 50mm 1.4, followed by the Sigma 150 macro.
December 10, 2009 07:28 pm
I'm glad all my lens are on the list but an erratum has to be made :
The Canon 70-200 f/4 IS exists which gives a really cool alternative cuz cheaper and lighter than a 2.8.
December 10, 2009 07:25 pm
nice list. I have to support Thomas:
> Tokina 11-16mm? This lens is constantly sold out.
This lens is a great deal for APSC!!!
At 16 mm it also works on my 5D without dark corners. :-)
December 10, 2009 07:15 pm
umpf.. another canon-nikon list :(
hey.. there are another worlds out theeeere!! :D
I'm an Olympus user and I really enjoy my zuiko 12-60 (maybe my favorite lens EVER!!!)
December 10, 2009 07:12 pm
Any long lenses ?...
My favorite lense is my 500mm, for the life ^_^
December 10, 2009 02:46 pm
I have the Sigma 70~300 listed above that I use on a Nikon D80. It's a little on the noisy side (I mean that the auto-focus motor makes a whine), but otherwise I've been very happy with it! There's a non-APO version available for a few $$ less, but I have the APO and can vouch for it's overall construction and quality. If price IS an object for you, you might give this one a closer look. It's available in most popular mounts. (The APO versions of this lens has a red ring around the end of the barrel - the non-APO does not.)
December 10, 2009 02:25 pm
I have the Nikon lenses #2, #4 & #5. I used to have #1 but sold it due to not providing me the performance I wanted.
@Rob - I have the Tamron 17-50mm lens you mentioned for Nikon, and like it a lot, except in fast moving indoor situations where it struggles to find a focus lock.
I bought lenses #4 & #5 used in Tokyo for 66% and 40% of the new price, would never have been able to afford them at full cost.
December 10, 2009 12:37 pm
Nikkor 18-55 DX, sharp, light weight, great close focus distance with very inexpensive!!!
December 10, 2009 10:44 am
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm XR f/2.8 Di II LD is one of the best all purpose lenses available. If you shoot Pentax or Sony have in body stabilization. Fast glass and stabilization means a lot of shooting time in low light.
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro and DG/APO are available for Pentax also and with the in body stabilization and universal AF, you can pair this with the entry level k-x and get all the benefits Nikon users miss unless they have a D90 or better.
December 10, 2009 10:31 am
Canon 50 mm f/1.8. The first lens that I've bought. The cheaper one, but with a fantastic image quality.
The material and the autofocus are not so good, but at that price we can't ask Canon to do more!
December 10, 2009 08:38 am
Actually, the picture of the second Canon lens is not the 24-105 mm, but the 24-70 mm. Even says so right on the lens.
December 10, 2009 08:21 am
I love my Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX lens. It autofocuses on my D40, has a lot of benefits of the more expensive 50mm DX one, and is half the price! It hasn't come off my camera since I got it over a month ago, and I usually change lenses quite a bit.
December 10, 2009 08:07 am
Tokina 11-16mm? This lens is constantly sold out.
Nikon 85mm f/1.4 should easily make the list as well.
December 10, 2009 07:08 am
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto; this one is a quality telephoto lens!
December 10, 2009 07:02 am
No Sony love? I don't know of another lens that equals the Carl Zeiss 24 -70mm f/2.8 for the Sony Alpha mount.
Personally though, the lens I find myself most often using is the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. Really fantastic sharp lens with great colors. A bargain for under $500 and available for Canon and Nikon crop sensor cameras too.
December 10, 2009 06:57 am
I have the 50mm 1.4 and like it very much.
I also have the 17-35mm 2.8 (made before the 16-35mm 2.8), also a sharp and faste lens (and far more expensive)...
Now the 2 lenses I'd love to have (Hey Santa Claus, are you listening???) is the 70-200mm 2.8 IS and the 24-105mm 4 IS... I already had the chance to test and use them (thanks to my dealer), and they're both fantastic!!!
By the way, I found the 24-105 more reactive than the 24-70...
December 10, 2009 06:51 am
Difficult to choose, but if I'm taking minimum gear I take 35mm f/2.0 and 85mm f/1.8 for my D300. (Slightly off-topic, but currently my FM2n is wearing an 85mm f/2 AI all of the time.)
December 10, 2009 06:50 am
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8. Fast, cheap and reasonably good.
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