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Most Popular DSLR Lenses

A couple of weeks ago I asked readers what their favorite DSLR lenses are.

The responses were quite overwhelming with 170 comments left and just under 60 lenses mentioned.

Today I waded through all of the comments left and identified the most popular DSLR lenses mentioned. I’ve arranged them in three categories – Canon (89 votes cast), Nikon (68 votes mentioned) and Other (13 votes). These are the categories because Canon and Nikon lenses were mentioned by most comment leavers where as there was a much smaller representation of all other brands.

Lenses are arranged in order of popularity.

Canon DSLR Lenses

1. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
2. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens (equal 2nd)
3. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens (equal 2nd)
4. Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Medium Telephoto Lens (equal 2nd)
5. Canon EF 85mm f1.2L Lens
6. Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens
7. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L Lens
8. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
9. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
10. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

Nikon DSLR Lenses

50Mm F1.8D Af
1. Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens
2. Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens
3. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens
4. Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens
5. Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor Lens
6. Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED IF AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens
7. Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED IF Autofocus DX Nikkor Zoom Lens
8. Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens
9. Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom Nikkor Lens
10. Nikon 85mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens

Other DSLR Lenses

note – Tamron and Sigma lenses come with a variety of mounts, ie most will come in Canon, Nikon and Pentax (etc) versions

1. Tamron Autofocus 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di LD Lens
2. Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens
3. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens
4. Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens
5. Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC IF Macro Lens
6. Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens

Note: The most popular three DSLR lenses mentioned were the Nikon 50mm f/1.8, the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 and the Canon 24-105mm f/4.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Tom

    Your right

    I have the 17-40L, the Tamron 28-75 2.8, the 70-200L 4.0 and the 50 1.8 I als0 added the 85 canon 1.8 for potraits. It also works great at sporting events.

  • Marc

    For those of you that use Nikon, a good source for excellent information pertaining to all things Nikon is:

    http://www.kenrockwell.com

  • Peter S. Carter

    For all around versitility and extraordinary quality, it’s hard to beat the Canon 28-300 3.5-5.6 L IS. The problem with this lens, however, is that it weighs a ton and is anything but subtle. As a consequence, I’m more inclined to rely on Canon’s 24-105 L IS in a lot of situations where I can get by with only 105. Finally, my Sigma 12-24 is just great for architectural work and is generally quite sharp. All my Canon bodies are full frame.

  • lifetime

    Thank you for your good work. Since i have join dps a change had ocure in my photography work , I am using canon 50D camera .with lens of 18-55mm, which the auto is not working any more,am managing it like that since that had happen. Later i strugle to buy a lens of 75-300mm canon ultrasonic , which i find difficult to use because of the too much closeness. what is your advices for me since buying another lens will be to hard for me b’cos i can’t afford the price

  • nicole

    im actually investing in a canon xsi or t1i ,,not quite sure which one yet,, but i was wondering do sigma lenses work with canon dslr cameras??

  • Arun Prabhu

    Strangely no one talks of Olympus in these forums. I wonder why?

    I own Olympus E410 gear. My favorite is Olympus ED 12 -60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD.

  • Harry

    Why does nobody mention Zuiko Lenses

  • http://davidlphoto.com David Lewis

    Anyone want to comment on the Tamron 70-200 F.2 MAcro. I have this one and I find it very versital lense. It is great for portraits, fast for sports photos, a little short for some wildlife, but still a good compromise. Itis also not nearly as expensive as Nikon 70-200mm VR.

  • Dangerous Dave

    Has anybody got anything to say on the Cannon 18-200 IS lens. Ive been looking to Purchase for as a Xmas pressie to myself, the Tamron 18-230 is around the same price I dont know what one to choose if any.

  • David

    Mine would be the Sigma 50-150 f2.8 II APO glass weighing in around 28 oz.
    I have owned the 80-200 nikon and the tamron 70-200 f2.8 lenses and by far this lens is as sharp and a whole lot lighter.

  • nick m

    17-55 f2.8 is my best lens at a reasonable price from eBay.
    It’s matter of learning how to work with them. Just to be straight is not always the equipment, matters a lot who is behind the lens and how much knowledge is on post processioning.

  • http://- kmpawitan

    I am not see you mention about Tokina lense.
    Now I use Nikon 90 and I want to buy wide angle lense Tokina 11 – 16 mm.
    It is a good lense or not? I read some reference talk that this lense is good.
    But you didn’t mention about this lense??

  • Radek

    Great Website! Very user friendly with great tips, advice and its based in Melbourne. Well done. I am glad that I discovered it. I still consider myself as an amateur, so everything here is very helpful and informative. Cheers. :)

    PS. Does anyone know of any dSLR photography clubs that exist around Melbourne?. I will be returning to Australian in the middle of the year and would like to join some Photography club.
    Rad. ;)

  • Nadia

    Hi, I love taking pics, own a Nikon D40 for the past 3 yrs with lens AF-S nikkor 18-135mm1 3.5-5.6G ED. To be honest I have no clue what it means, surely it’s a zoom lens, but what does it mean with the 18-135mm, and what’s 3.5-5.6G ED means? Bit embarrased in aking this question, but it’s about the time that I find out. Thanks

  • Louis

    I have the following lenses
    50mm 1.8
    18-55 IS
    28-135 IS
    28-105
    24-70 F2.8
    100mm 2.8 macro
    70-300 IS
    70-300 DO IS
    17-85 IS
    10-20 mm Sigma
    12-24 Sigma
    15-30 Sigma
    170-500 APO Sigma
    70-300 APO Sigma
    But my favorite is my Sigma 17-70 2.8

  • http://www.projectorlampinfo.com Alex Allen

    i own several Canon L Lenses and they have the best quality. even better than Nikon.’”`

  • http://www.ingaas.net Ava Green

    i own several Canon L Lenses and they have the best quality. even better than Nikon.’:`

  • http://www.antiagingreference.com Lola Allen

    i own several Canon L Lenses and they have the best quality. even better than Nikon..”~

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/26401976@N04/ Joseph

    Ironically, the only lens I`ve got on the Nikkor list – is my least used lens =D (50 1.4 d)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotowok Roderick

    Hi guys.
    Pretty sweet page. I’ve always been hesitant with the F/4 lenses because of it’s small aperture..
    I’m a semi-pro photographer on a very limited budget (hopefully soon i’ll make more money with photography…)

    with about 2600USD to upgrade (i currently have 350D/501.8/540ez), what would you get? I’m a portrait photographer. Have 2 weddings under my belt. (one video, 1 photo, through a production firm so i was using their eq.), and doing a gazillion photoshoots. I’m no crazy professional but I hold my own in shooting with what I have.

    I’m currently thinking of upgrading to 7D + 50 1.4 (might be waiting for the MKII to come out in a month) + Sigma 30 1.4 (although i’ve heard mixed reviews about the sigma), 2x 580ex flashes.

    Should I keep my 50 1.8 (the old one), and just get an L lens + 1 580? I’ll be buying some pocket wizards as well.

    If so, what L lens should I get that can help me in becoming a FT wedding photographer?

    Best.

  • Priyamvada Ramesh

    i want to upgrade myself with a better camera. i was thinking of buying a DSLR camera.. but i’m having a problem with which camera to buy… i want a DSLR for starters or for beginners… but i have no idea about the terms or the lenses…. i’m looking forwars to ur help!

    i’m a little moreclear abt the features but i’m confused abt the lenses!!! just dont know wat to do!!
    please help!!!!!!!

  • Priyamvada Ramesh

    i’d also like to add that i just love this website….. the tips given here are truly amazing!!!!
    i really liked the tips about composition and the tips on how to capture an indian wedding…. really helpful!!!
    wishing to get help from u on my DSLR camera as well!!!

    thanks a ton!!!!!!!!

  • Martin

    @ Priyamvada Ramesh on DSLR your budget is the key factor and what you want from your camera. You can pick up a secondhand 400d Cannon or similar on ebay for a couple of hundred quid. Which is not a bad camera. The normal kit lens will do you fine to start with so don’t worry to much about spending mega bucks to start of with.

  • anly

    Hi, can anybody tell me if I want to shoot people with blurred background, which lens below I should use?
    AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1:3.3-4.5 Macro
    Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 Macro
    Thank you a lot!

  • http://noneyet Barry Penn

    I am in the prosess of bying new camera equipment. Canon 500D, But would like to purchase one lens as I have a small budget. As I would like to start with portrait work and general work I have been advised to get a 18-135 lens, could you please tell me if this is correct.

  • Albert erickson

    New favorite on my d700 new 24-120 f4 lens

  • Joey M

    I use a Tamron 18-270. IIt is great.

  • http://www.unitedbyphotography.com james wood

    So long as there are a great variety of lenses to tell your story and sell your craft. You can rest happy that your talent will do the rest.

  • http://www.focuscamera.com Tom K

    i can vouch that the lenses on this list are also popular choices based on our sales history. This reinforces the relationship between lenses people talk about and lesnes people buy.

  • osborne todd

    I now moved from the Canon 40D to the 5D Mk II and have encountered some vignetting with the use of the Canon 24-105. Anyone understand my problem. I can now replace/sell the 24-105 but want to possibly replace it with the 24-70 for mostly the same price. What should I do?

  • Vivek Anand

    How about 17-85 lens for Canon EOS 40D? Is it good enough or general photography or should I go for another one?
    Please suggest.

  • http://yahoo.com Willie Holt Jr.

    Nikon 55-200m, Sigma 10-20mm 4-5.6 and a Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 are the lenses I use with my Nikon D5000

    a modest group but, they get the job done!!!

  • Satish Chettri

    I am just too confused regarding Samyang 35mm mounted on D800. I am preferring the lens for Street shots.
    1) Does it mean, I need to manual focus for every shot???
    2) Reviews tell for AI-P contacts & matrix metering………didn’t get that either???
    3) Does it work spot metering like the Nikkor 1.8D lens???
    4) How about a little comparison with AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D.
    Pls suggest & the most important thing that knocked me with the lens was its good results & comes within my price range.

Some older comments

  • Satish Chettri

    June 29, 2013 04:44 pm

    I am just too confused regarding Samyang 35mm mounted on D800. I am preferring the lens for Street shots.
    1) Does it mean, I need to manual focus for every shot???
    2) Reviews tell for AI-P contacts & matrix metering.........didn't get that either???
    3) Does it work spot metering like the Nikkor 1.8D lens???
    4) How about a little comparison with AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D.
    Pls suggest & the most important thing that knocked me with the lens was its good results & comes within my price range.

  • Willie Holt Jr.

    March 25, 2013 08:57 pm

    Nikon 55-200m, Sigma 10-20mm 4-5.6 and a Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 are the lenses I use with my Nikon D5000

    a modest group but, they get the job done!!!

  • Vivek Anand

    January 20, 2012 08:03 pm

    How about 17-85 lens for Canon EOS 40D? Is it good enough or general photography or should I go for another one?
    Please suggest.

  • osborne todd

    October 20, 2011 04:20 am

    I now moved from the Canon 40D to the 5D Mk II and have encountered some vignetting with the use of the Canon 24-105. Anyone understand my problem. I can now replace/sell the 24-105 but want to possibly replace it with the 24-70 for mostly the same price. What should I do?

  • Tom K

    July 29, 2011 12:39 am

    i can vouch that the lenses on this list are also popular choices based on our sales history. This reinforces the relationship between lenses people talk about and lesnes people buy.

  • james wood

    June 14, 2011 12:09 am

    So long as there are a great variety of lenses to tell your story and sell your craft. You can rest happy that your talent will do the rest.

  • Joey M

    April 17, 2011 01:40 am

    I use a Tamron 18-270. IIt is great.

  • Albert erickson

    April 13, 2011 11:00 am

    New favorite on my d700 new 24-120 f4 lens

  • Barry Penn

    February 19, 2011 06:37 am

    I am in the prosess of bying new camera equipment. Canon 500D, But would like to purchase one lens as I have a small budget. As I would like to start with portrait work and general work I have been advised to get a 18-135 lens, could you please tell me if this is correct.

  • anly

    November 25, 2010 02:14 am

    Hi, can anybody tell me if I want to shoot people with blurred background, which lens below I should use?
    AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1:3.3-4.5 Macro
    Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 Macro
    Thank you a lot!

  • Martin

    August 13, 2010 11:22 pm

    @ Priyamvada Ramesh on DSLR your budget is the key factor and what you want from your camera. You can pick up a secondhand 400d Cannon or similar on ebay for a couple of hundred quid. Which is not a bad camera. The normal kit lens will do you fine to start with so don't worry to much about spending mega bucks to start of with.

  • Priyamvada Ramesh

    August 7, 2010 05:23 am

    i'd also like to add that i just love this website..... the tips given here are truly amazing!!!!
    i really liked the tips about composition and the tips on how to capture an indian wedding.... really helpful!!!
    wishing to get help from u on my DSLR camera as well!!!

    thanks a ton!!!!!!!!

  • Priyamvada Ramesh

    August 7, 2010 05:21 am

    i want to upgrade myself with a better camera. i was thinking of buying a DSLR camera.. but i'm having a problem with which camera to buy... i want a DSLR for starters or for beginners... but i have no idea about the terms or the lenses.... i'm looking forwars to ur help!

    i'm a little moreclear abt the features but i'm confused abt the lenses!!! just dont know wat to do!!
    please help!!!!!!!

  • Roderick

    June 26, 2010 08:54 am

    Hi guys.
    Pretty sweet page. I've always been hesitant with the F/4 lenses because of it's small aperture..
    I'm a semi-pro photographer on a very limited budget (hopefully soon i'll make more money with photography...)

    with about 2600USD to upgrade (i currently have 350D/501.8/540ez), what would you get? I'm a portrait photographer. Have 2 weddings under my belt. (one video, 1 photo, through a production firm so i was using their eq.), and doing a gazillion photoshoots. I'm no crazy professional but I hold my own in shooting with what I have.

    I'm currently thinking of upgrading to 7D + 50 1.4 (might be waiting for the MKII to come out in a month) + Sigma 30 1.4 (although i've heard mixed reviews about the sigma), 2x 580ex flashes.

    Should I keep my 50 1.8 (the old one), and just get an L lens + 1 580? I'll be buying some pocket wizards as well.

    If so, what L lens should I get that can help me in becoming a FT wedding photographer?

    Best.

  • Joseph

    June 15, 2010 12:07 pm

    Ironically, the only lens I`ve got on the Nikkor list - is my least used lens =D (50 1.4 d)

  • Lola Allen

    May 10, 2010 06:13 pm

    i own several Canon L Lenses and they have the best quality. even better than Nikon.."~

  • Ava Green

    May 10, 2010 04:41 pm

    i own several Canon L Lenses and they have the best quality. even better than Nikon.':`

  • Alex Allen

    May 10, 2010 02:46 pm

    i own several Canon L Lenses and they have the best quality. even better than Nikon.'"`

  • Louis

    February 19, 2010 05:04 am

    I have the following lenses
    50mm 1.8
    18-55 IS
    28-135 IS
    28-105
    24-70 F2.8
    100mm 2.8 macro
    70-300 IS
    70-300 DO IS
    17-85 IS
    10-20 mm Sigma
    12-24 Sigma
    15-30 Sigma
    170-500 APO Sigma
    70-300 APO Sigma
    But my favorite is my Sigma 17-70 2.8

  • Nadia

    February 3, 2010 12:15 am

    Hi, I love taking pics, own a Nikon D40 for the past 3 yrs with lens AF-S nikkor 18-135mm1 3.5-5.6G ED. To be honest I have no clue what it means, surely it's a zoom lens, but what does it mean with the 18-135mm, and what's 3.5-5.6G ED means? Bit embarrased in aking this question, but it's about the time that I find out. Thanks

  • Radek

    January 26, 2010 08:54 pm

    Great Website! Very user friendly with great tips, advice and its based in Melbourne. Well done. I am glad that I discovered it. I still consider myself as an amateur, so everything here is very helpful and informative. Cheers. :)

    PS. Does anyone know of any dSLR photography clubs that exist around Melbourne?. I will be returning to Australian in the middle of the year and would like to join some Photography club.
    Rad. ;)

  • kmpawitan

    December 11, 2009 09:36 pm

    I am not see you mention about Tokina lense.
    Now I use Nikon 90 and I want to buy wide angle lense Tokina 11 - 16 mm.
    It is a good lense or not? I read some reference talk that this lense is good.
    But you didn't mention about this lense??

  • nick m

    November 20, 2009 08:12 am

    17-55 f2.8 is my best lens at a reasonable price from eBay.
    It's matter of learning how to work with them. Just to be straight is not always the equipment, matters a lot who is behind the lens and how much knowledge is on post processioning.

  • David

    November 8, 2009 12:37 pm

    Mine would be the Sigma 50-150 f2.8 II APO glass weighing in around 28 oz.
    I have owned the 80-200 nikon and the tamron 70-200 f2.8 lenses and by far this lens is as sharp and a whole lot lighter.

  • Dangerous Dave

    November 6, 2009 08:24 am

    Has anybody got anything to say on the Cannon 18-200 IS lens. Ive been looking to Purchase for as a Xmas pressie to myself, the Tamron 18-230 is around the same price I dont know what one to choose if any.

  • David Lewis

    November 6, 2009 06:12 am

    Anyone want to comment on the Tamron 70-200 F.2 MAcro. I have this one and I find it very versital lense. It is great for portraits, fast for sports photos, a little short for some wildlife, but still a good compromise. Itis also not nearly as expensive as Nikon 70-200mm VR.

  • Harry

    November 6, 2009 02:56 am

    Why does nobody mention Zuiko Lenses

  • Arun Prabhu

    October 27, 2009 02:35 am

    Strangely no one talks of Olympus in these forums. I wonder why?

    I own Olympus E410 gear. My favorite is Olympus ED 12 -60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD.

  • nicole

    October 23, 2009 09:07 am

    im actually investing in a canon xsi or t1i ,,not quite sure which one yet,, but i was wondering do sigma lenses work with canon dslr cameras??

  • lifetime

    October 17, 2009 01:06 am

    Thank you for your good work. Since i have join dps a change had ocure in my photography work , I am using canon 50D camera .with lens of 18-55mm, which the auto is not working any more,am managing it like that since that had happen. Later i strugle to buy a lens of 75-300mm canon ultrasonic , which i find difficult to use because of the too much closeness. what is your advices for me since buying another lens will be to hard for me b'cos i can't afford the price

  • Peter S. Carter

    July 20, 2009 10:51 am

    For all around versitility and extraordinary quality, it's hard to beat the Canon 28-300 3.5-5.6 L IS. The problem with this lens, however, is that it weighs a ton and is anything but subtle. As a consequence, I'm more inclined to rely on Canon's 24-105 L IS in a lot of situations where I can get by with only 105. Finally, my Sigma 12-24 is just great for architectural work and is generally quite sharp. All my Canon bodies are full frame.

  • Marc

    July 10, 2009 06:57 am

    For those of you that use Nikon, a good source for excellent information pertaining to all things Nikon is:

    www.kenrockwell.com

  • Tom

    April 12, 2009 10:54 am

    Your right

    I have the 17-40L, the Tamron 28-75 2.8, the 70-200L 4.0 and the 50 1.8 I als0 added the 85 canon 1.8 for potraits. It also works great at sporting events.

  • okinawa

    April 6, 2009 06:45 am

    The Canon 85 1.2 II is to die for, I think it is better than the Nikon 1.4 and probably the best in its class.

  • B P Maiti

    March 24, 2009 03:37 pm

    Pl.update your serialisation against full frame sensors as some of your said lenses are not corner to corner sharp..This is true for original lense makers-say 70-200mm F2.8 AFSG Vr. for Nikon.

  • Jim

    December 11, 2008 09:01 am

    My Favorite Lens is the 70-200 2.8 VR Nikon...My most used lens is the 16-85 VR 3.5-5.6 Nikon.
    I have used the 18-85 Lens for landscapes and portraits with success.
    Nikrometer

  • okinawa

    December 9, 2008 01:30 pm

    Canon all the way :)

  • Gray

    September 25, 2008 08:45 pm

    As if the Canon VS. Nikon debate wasn't enough, now we have the lens debate...

  • jasonnnn

    November 17, 2007 06:15 pm

    hey i've been looking around this site and i've noticed that you say 50mm and f/4 lenses are good for all around general purpose use, but can you tell me a a few SPECIFIC models for CANON dslr cameras? preferable not TOO expensive.

    thank you!

    (or anyone can give me a suggestion, thanksss)

  • j4s0n

    October 25, 2007 12:13 pm

    I hope it would have been better if it has been categorized per budget. or at least sorted by price. As it's not easy to get them unless you have lots of money.

  • HDR

    September 19, 2007 08:07 pm

    For my HDR work at http://www.hdrjapan.com I use the Canon 24L 1.4 mostly. It's a sweet lens.

  • Aravindan R

    July 22, 2007 11:23 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I am having Nokon d40.

    I want zoom lens.

    Which one is best suited to my camera ?

    Pls Help
    Thanks
    Aravindna R

  • Paul

    July 11, 2007 04:08 am

    No mention of the Nikon's 70-300 VR? I own this lens and it's fantastic. It's sharp, produces great color, and the VR is amazing. I highly recommend it.

    I've tagged my photos by what lens I used, you can check out my 70-300VR shots here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/93249840@N00/tags/70300vr/

  • Andrew

    July 10, 2007 01:48 pm

    I went with the Nikon platform because of everything I read about the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S VR lense.

    So, anticipating getting either a used D80 or D70, I bought both it and the #1 lens on the list, the 50mm f/1.8D AF.

    In the end, I chose to buy a new D40.

    Woops - the 50mm prime is an AF lens, not AF-S. It has no built-in autofocus - so it does not autofocus on the D40, which relies on the in-lens autofocus of AF-S lenses.

    Not a big deal - as it will be easy to sell, should I stick with the D40. I am just sad that I can't use it.

    Just something to be mindful about.

  • Lad O

    July 10, 2007 02:24 am

    I'd like to mention the SONY 18-200mm Autofocus Lens. I use it on an A-100. Outstanding coverage, acceptable specs.

  • Krimo

    July 8, 2007 06:36 am

    Thank you all for yor responses.
    I will look at the prices right now and see if I can purchase any of these two by the end of the summer.

  • M. Pakuwibowo

    July 7, 2007 06:53 am

    Wow, I own 4 most popular Canon lenses out of 10 (Ef 50/1.8, Ef 50/1.4, Ef-s 10-20 and Ef 17-40L/4). I own even a good copy of Ef 28-135 IS which I think very useful in many cases. I wish I could afford the 24-105L or the new 70-200L/4 IS (I own the older non IS version though, which I am very satisfied with). You want always more and better.

  • shroticg

    July 7, 2007 05:41 am

    to prefer the make is different since top-notchers will make good lenses(canon, nikon & OTHERs), but my choice remains 24mm, 28-105, 70-200 & 300mm, which i feel completes the need of general purpose photography, be it a pro or amateur.

  • DeeJayMC

    July 7, 2007 12:45 am

    @jefry: Richard is right on the money. Add some large memory cards even if you don't shoot RAW and at least a couple of batteries to the list. Get a flash with a good recycle time and a diffuser helps a great deal. I recently purchased the Tamron AF17-50mm F/2.8 just so I could shoot a wedding and was extremely happy with the results. The pictures were sharp through-out and lens was versatile enough for a variety of shots. Good luck to you!

  • Richard Tallent

    July 7, 2007 12:15 am

    @jefry: wedding photography is NOT for beginners. You won't do the bride or groom any favors by showing up with no wedding experience, a single consumer-grade DSLR, and one lens.

    Weddings *require* a backup camera, fast lenses, adequate flash, and most importantly, experience shooting weddings. You *will* ruin their wedding photos with anything less.

    I know from experience, a family member ruined mine because I was too damned cheap to hire someone. This was way before I started doing photography myself, but it certainly made me hold off on weddings until I was sure I had the experience and equipment to pull it off.

    If you want experience, get a 50mm f/1.8 and ask around your area for wedding photographers who might be willing to have you assist.

    @krimo: The Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 is a versatile, inexpensive lens that is reasonably sharp and fast. 28mm isn't very wide after the 1.6x crop factor, but the lens is a great "walk-around" lens that will work in a variety of situations. My trips to Paris recently, it was on about 70% of the time (landscapes and shooting some models). My next step is to move to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM to get more sharpness and a slightly wider angle, but the Tamron has been a great lens for the money.

  • Tom

    July 6, 2007 10:59 pm

    aww everyone forgot a couple of key canon lenses there. the 17-85mm IS (good replacement lens for the stock lens) and the 135mm f2 L (super bad arse L lens for portraits and the like).

    and Krimo -- look into sigma lenses for wide angle if you want an inexpensive (and good) wide angle. they have a 10-20 and I remember a 12-20 something but its older and you have to use a slim filter on a ring that kinda slides off and on...i don't like it but if you don't use a lot of filters then it's fine. also had a slot in the back on the inside of the lens for a gel filter but putting something there would of course not be circular. though again you could get a slim circular polarizer lol but one of those might be close to the cost of the lens at this point. but yea, check out sigma. their lenses feel good (at least all of the ex series)

  • Krimo

    July 6, 2007 06:47 pm

    Hello guys,

    I am a student, and because I am, you can imagine I don't have much money ! Though I already own a 20D with a 50mm 1.8 lens (three years of money saving...:-)).

    My problem being that I want to cover a pretty large range of focal lengths, and right now I am stuck at 50mm.

    I would like to start with a wide-angle lens (I am going to Ireland in August, in the wild...), any lens you could advise me ? (Cheap being the key word here :-) )
    Thank you !

  • jefrey

    July 6, 2007 02:59 pm

    Please help me i need your opinion i'm a beginner in photography i have canon 400d and i want to buy a lens which i can use in wedding or event, can you give me a suggestion which lens should i buy, thank you in advance...please send it to my email jaegdani@yahoo.com

  • Marie

    July 6, 2007 01:31 pm

    I have been researching in the internet as to what lens I should purchased for my Nikon D80 which already got the 18-135mm lens included. Purchasing the right lens can be confusing. The list shared above has help me go for Nikkor lenses - 50mm 1.8 and maybe if I can afford it the 18-200mm VR lens.

  • HDR Photography

    July 6, 2007 08:59 am

    Canon 24 1.4L for teh win. Actually, the big whites don't even make your list, nothing tops a 200 1.8 or 300 2.8

  • Vince

    July 6, 2007 06:21 am

    This is not representative.

  • Bill Griffith

    July 6, 2007 05:30 am

    I see that the f/4L 70-200mm is more popular than the f/2.8L IS. Someone commented on this. I'm saving up for the f/2.8L myself, and I can tell you that the f/4 is more popular because the f/2.8L is EXPENSIVE! The f/4 comes it at around $984 (B&H prices), vs. $1600 for the f/2.8L IS. I've used both and the f/2.8L IS is great because you can use tele extenders and *still* keep autofocus active.

  • Bugsman

    July 6, 2007 05:02 am

    My goal is to purchase a Canon 70-200L f/2.8 but I do have the 24-105 and the 50 f1.8, great lenses and no complaints.

  • DeeJayMC

    July 6, 2007 04:29 am

    What about the Tamron AF17-50mm F/2.8 for the Canon platform? The lens has won the 2006/2007 EISA best consumer lens award and is wildly popular on the DPReview forums. I just purchased one for my 350D, it is an amazing lens!

  • Bob

    July 6, 2007 03:27 am

    >

    The difference in order is definitely price related. I use the Nikon 50mm 1.8 because it's a very good lens for very cheap.

    From what I've read, the 1.4 doesn't just get you more light but focuses a bit faster and some people say is sharper. If that's worth an extra $300+ to you, go for it but I love my 1.8.

    If you're shooting DSLR and are thinking about spending $400 for a good standard prime, think about the Sigma 30mm 1.4. With Nikon's 1.5 focal length multiplier, it'll have the same effective focal length as a 50mm (45mm actually) on a standard SLR.

  • Matt Sandy

    July 6, 2007 02:05 am

    I actually think the Sigma 24-135 is most popular with the Pentax crowd. And to be a little honest I am surprised Pentax Lenses weren't mentioned. It kind of feels like things were done half-assed as Pentax defiantly gives at least Canon competition.

  • PaulPaul

    July 6, 2007 01:31 am

    It would be nice to know lens popularity based on sale numbers.
    Some time ago I created the web page that lists all nikon and canon lenses (no 3rd party though) by categories.
    http://yessnoo.com/Topic.php?topicid=19&order=4
    It is amazing how many lenses nikon and canon are producing. Unfortunately my budget allows a very limited set :)

  • Tom

    July 6, 2007 01:25 am

    PMATT:

    Go for the sigma 30mm f/1.4. It's by far a nicer lens than the 1.8 and it provides you with a little more versatile angle for indoor work.

  • AC

    July 6, 2007 12:58 am

    Man, I need to get a DSLR :) Having lens envy!

  • Son Nguyen

    July 6, 2007 12:56 am

    Very interesting, for an amateur going into the DSLR world, going with the flow is probably right given the budget range (24-105 IS was too expensive for me). I have Canon 17-40 f/4 and cannot be happier.

  • Edwin Martin

    July 6, 2007 12:51 am

    The question was: "What is Your Favorite DSLR Lens?". And then the author turnes this into "Most Popular DSLR Lenses". It's not really the same.

    The most popular Canon lens is (I don't doubt it) the Rebel kitlens.

  • Richard Tallent

    July 6, 2007 12:11 am

    Sinergy,

    *Most* of the people who buy sub-$1000 cameras don't ever buy additional lenses. Those who do, get a basic telephoto like the 24-100mm f/4.

    For professional and serious hobbyist photographers, though, lenses are an investment. With camera bodies costing $1500-7000 for their camera, a $1500 lens is not an unreasonable sum, and the lens will last a lot longer than the camera.

    My 70-200mm f/2.8L USM IS, a $1600 lens when I bought it, is my workhorse outside the studio, and it is on its third camera body now.

    To all: everyone with a Canon DSLR should own the 50mm f/1.8. Runs about $70 IIRC, and it's an incredibly sharp low-light lens for the price.

  • BlackCorbel

    July 5, 2007 11:44 pm

    Sinergy, Have you ever tried the 24-105 f4 or the 24-70 2.8

    they are first and second for one reason! the quality of the lenses... they are incredible

    and for the 70-200 f4 .. its more like in the list cause it's less expensive for the non professional photographer! and lighter to carry!

    i got the 70-200 f2.8 the 24-70 f2.8 and won't ever exchage for the f.4 lenses!!!

  • Chet

    July 5, 2007 11:21 pm

    I am a huge fan of the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens, what a great lens. Thanks for the list.

  • sinergy

    July 5, 2007 10:37 am

    Most popular? Hm, the Canon 24-105mm f/4 is a fairly expensive lens (over $1k) ..... I find it hard to believe that it'd be on the list of most popular lenses.

  • Darren

    July 5, 2007 09:52 am

    steven -oops, copied and pasted that wrongly. I've fixed it. #6 should have been the 18-70mm.

  • Brian

    July 5, 2007 05:50 am

    Why isn't there an equivalent of the Nikon 18-200 for the Canon Platform? Talk about one lens to rule my case...as in the perfect walkabout. I too have the Canon 28-135. It is a nice lens for the price. However, it isn't quite as wide as I would like, given the crop factor of my EOS DR XT.

  • Shane

    July 5, 2007 05:31 am

    oops, doing to things at once. I meant the Canon 28-135 IS (not 18)

  • Shane

    July 5, 2007 04:51 am

    Hmm, I thought the Canon 18-135 IS might feature in the list, especially given its now been around for a few years.

  • Steven Campbell

    July 5, 2007 03:31 am

    Yeah, there are two 18-200 VR's.

  • Daniel

    July 5, 2007 03:30 am

    The nikon 50mm 1.8 is my only lens...it is very popular here in Brazil. In my opinion the 85mm 1.8 is more popular than the f1.4 version.

  • farrell

    July 5, 2007 03:28 am

    Wow, I own the top 2 Nikon lenses.

    I also want No. 3 on the list. The one that's missing is the 17-55mm DX, which is also on my wish list.

  • Jeff O'Hara

    July 5, 2007 03:06 am

    The Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens is my next lens for my Nikon.

  • Paul @ http://www.photographyvoter.com

    July 5, 2007 02:48 am

    Great poll and nice to see the results..

  • Angie

    July 5, 2007 02:08 am

    Interesting that the 70-200mm f4 was more popular than the f2.8 .

  • PMatt

    July 5, 2007 01:35 am

    I am interested in knowing peoples opinion on the Nikon 50mm f1.8 vs the Nikon 50mm f1.4
    This article indicates that the f1.8 is more popular...is that becuase it is a better lens or because more people have that lens due to its less expensive price tag. I have been looking at buying one or the other, and I am not sure which to get. Any one help me on this?

    Thanks,

    PMatt

  • Jamie

    July 5, 2007 01:25 am

    Why is the 18-200 VR 2nd and 6th?

  • Zibri

    July 5, 2007 01:00 am

    I agree.
    As a matter of fact I own:

    Canon 18-55 EFS II
    Canon 50mm F1.8
    Sigma 70-300 APO DG MACRO

    What to buy next? :)

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