The 20 Most Popular DSLR Lenses Among our Readers

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Over the last few days we’ve published a post revealing the most popular DSLRs among our readers (based upon what they’ve been buying in the last few months).

Today we’re looking at the best selling and most popular DSLR Lenses*.

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This list is completely dominated by Canon and Nikon lenses so we’ve decided to break them out separately into two lists and then have put the 6 other lenses (from a variety of manufacturers) into a third list.

Note: at this stage we didn’t see any major trends in lenses for compact camera systems which is why we’ve not featured any hear. We expect this market to grow as the mirroless/compact system cameras continue to grow in popularity.

Lastly: Amazon currently have some great specials at the moment on cameras and gear as part of their Holiday Promotions.

Canon DSLR Lenses

1. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

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

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3. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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4. Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

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5. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

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6. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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  1. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens
  2. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
  3. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
  4. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
  5. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro
  6. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens
  7. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L ll USM Zoom Lens
  8. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
  9. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
  10. Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM

Nikon DSLR Lenses

1. Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX

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2. Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX

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3. Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX

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4. Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

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5. Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II AF-S

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  1. Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens
  2. Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF
  3. Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens
  4. Nikon 50mm f/1.4G SIC SW Prime AF-S
  5. Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR AF-S DX
  6. Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S
  7. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens
  8. Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II
  9. Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S
  10. Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro

And also worth noting are the following other lenses made by other manufacturers.

Other DSLR Lenses

  1. Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro. (for Nikon DSLRs) Also available for Canon,Minolta and Sony and Pentax cameras.
  2. Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO (For Canon DSLRs). Also available for Nikon and Sony cameras.
  3. Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 HD Aspherical Fisheye for Canon DSLRs.
  4. Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro (for Canon DSLRs). Also available for Nikons, Konica Minolta and Sony and Pentax cameras.
  5. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II (for Nikon DSLRs). Also available for Canon and Sony and Minolta cameras.
  6. Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II (for Canon DSLRs), Nikon, Konica Minolta and Sony and Pentax.



*Note: as with our previous best seller lists this list was compiled from reports supplied to us from Amazon.com where we are affiliates. One of the ways dPS is able to cover its costs and be a sustainable business is that we earn a small commission when readers make a purchase from Amazon after clicking on our links (including those above). While no personal details are passed on we do get an overall report from Amazon about what was bought and are able to create this list.

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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+.

  • What’s the point of this? The cheaper, the more popular. #5 is probably the worst lens Canon ever created…

  • Pete Mueller

    Couldn’t agree with you more on that lens! As stated by author this list created by sales volume, not review. Lot’s of beginner DSLR users probably buying their first (and second) additional lenses based on price… and honestly, lack of experience. (Which also likely explains the 50mm 1.8; however, I’m rather fond of that one.) To be fair, it’s a learning curve many of us have or had to go through…

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  • Mark

    I did not like the list either (partially because I shoot Sony too); I do recognize DPS has to be sustainable ( I really do get that) but this just seemed like a fluff list to generate leads.

  • Clive

    So what would be your best lenses and how do you rate Olympus optics?

  • At this moment, my favorites are Canon 35/1.4, 85/1.8 (own both) and 135/2.0 (planned for next year). I don’t know anything about Olympus products – only have a very good pair of binoculars. Until the mirrorless revolution, I did not consider Olympus a contender in consumer photography business.

  • Kacper Cybuch

    Something is wrong here – Nikon 6. and 8. is the same lens…

  • rob Lamont

    As much as this list is irrelevant to me (Pentax), i see so many people invest their money into a camera body and skimp on lenses. Should be the other way round. Lenses will often see two or three camera bodies on them over time. Google is your friend. Spend time going through reviews and do your own research. Cheaper will be cheaper for a reason.

  • Stephen Phillips

    IS NOT THE CANON 75-300 A VERY OLD LENS ? can not believe the 18-200 lens is not on the list

  • Jon Nadelberg

    Items 6 and 8 for Nikon are the same.

  • Katherine Mann

    I agree re: the 75-300 Canon. Cheap and bad.

  • ikhwan95

    My favorite lens are Canon 135 f/2.0L, Canon 50 f/1.4 and Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8 VC

  • Dre Mosley

    35mm f/1.8G. Prefer it over the 50mm on a crop sensor.

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