What is Your Favorite DSLR Lens?

What is Your Favorite DSLR Lens?


Ok – this weekend’s reader question is going to exclude some readers who don’t have DSLRs (apologies friends – next week’s will be more inclusive).

What is your Favorite DSLR Lens – and Why?

This question must be in the top 5 questions that I’m asked each week by readers – so I thought it might be useful to have a post asking it that I can point people to.

So what lens or lenses are in your ‘must have’ basket?

Please include the manufacturer’s name, the lens focal length and even the aperture range if you know it so that we know what lens you’re talking about. Then also tell us what you like about it (ie is it the focal length, its sharpness, it’s price, its aperture range…. etc).

Looking forward to reading your answers.

PS: I’ll kick things off – that’s a picture of my favorite to the left – it’s a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM.

I love it because it’s focal length makes it an ideal walk around lens, it’s super sharp and the Image Stabilization gives me another stop or two for low light situations. If I had a wishlist for it it would be that it was f/2.8 and hadn’t cost me quite as much as it did!

Update: I’ve summarized the lenses suggested in this list of Popular DSLR Lenses.

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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+.

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  • jack clarfelt June 16, 2013 06:17 pm

    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8 G Not in the top 10 but it works for me. Don't follow the herd, find a lens that complements your photography and stick with it. The more you use it, the more you learn and the more you are able to express yourself.

  • Sreenath March 9, 2013 06:17 pm

    I prefer to use a canon50mm prime lens which is fast and reliable and which is gud for my portarit shots especially for bokeh's. I also use canon 70-300 usm for wildlife photos. Want to add a 10-22mm lens to my bag.

  • Vi September 26, 2012 02:08 am

    I have AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED and and a prime 50mm f/1.8 on my NikonD300 .
    On my Canon 7D, prime 50mm f /1.8 and Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM...and I love both the lenses.Waiting to have a wide angle something like 17-55 f/2.8 aswell..

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  • Cheryl DeVore May 7, 2011 08:47 am

    Mine would be the Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3. I use it on my sony 550a camera. It is fast, sharp and less than 1lb. I leave it on all the time for close ups and it brings in wild life shots great. I also have a maxxum AF zoom xi 100-300 f4.5-5.6 and I can add on a 2x teleconverter for the really long shots. Also use a maxxum 50mm f1.7 for a change of pace.

  • Eugene May 2, 2011 08:05 pm

    Mine would be the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 hsm ii as the first. It's the most expensive lens i own and it helps me do great shots in low lighting and also wildl life shots.
    Second is my 50mm f1.8
    and the third is my 18-105 f3.5-5.6
    I personally love macro so i get myself a 85mm f3.5 micro just to get some flower and also bugs life

  • zubin c. watchmaker April 26, 2011 06:55 pm

    at the moment my nikkor 18-55 vr lens......also own a 70-300 vr lens which is really awesome.......

  • Shelley J April 15, 2011 07:28 pm

    At the moment using my Nikor 18-135 mm on my D300 and am looking to buy more but am cofused as this lens covers a great range. Wonderful portraits, landscapres and some wide angle images. Plus is quick on the job.

  • Kristyanna Virgona April 15, 2011 07:50 am

    My favorite Lens in my Tamron 28-300mm f3.6-5.6 Macro lens but with the 1.5x DX CMOS chip in my Nikon D90 it is really a 42-450mm which is great for long shots the bring stuff that is far in the back up closer. The Lens stay on the camera all the time. when I also have a older Nikon Film 60mm AF Macro Micro lens that I use for close macro work. but it an older lens (about 20 years old) it works great but I have to watch out how its put on so I do not get an error message on the camera because its not seated right. I also have a nikon 35-105mm AF Film lens again its a great lens it becomes a 52-157mm with the sensor . I want to get a lensbaby Control Freak lens to play around with.
    the Past year I have not been able to shoot much because of an infection in my left hand for several months I had cast on the hand so it was hard to shoot the D90. so I been shooting with my iPhone 4G.

  • Kristyanna Virgona April 15, 2011 07:42 am

    My favorite Lens in my Tamron 28-300mm f3.6-5.6 Macro lens but with the 1.5x DX CMOS chip in my Nikon D90 it is really a 42-450mm which is great for long shots the bring stuff that is far in the back up closer. The Lens stay on the camera all the time. when I also have a older Nikon 60mm AF Macro Micro lens that I use for close macro work. but it an older lens (about 20 years old) it works great but I have to watch out how its put on so I do not get an error message on the camera because its not seated right. I also have a 35-105mm lens again it an olde

  • Srini Sadasivam February 25, 2011 10:14 am

    Canon 24-105 F4 L. With a FF body like 5D Mk II, you almost can cover everything you come across. With decent zoom reach and ability of pop your subjects at the tele end, this is takes nice portrait shots too.

  • mick boyd February 18, 2011 01:56 pm

    Currently using Nikkor 18-55 on my d60,which seems to do the job quite well.Would like any comment on Tamrons' 18-270 as an allrounder,if anyone has one?

  • ace david February 18, 2011 08:27 am

    i would bring my 50mm f1.8 Nikon lens. i like taking pictures of faces. this lens just takes incredible pictures

  • ace david February 18, 2011 08:26 am

    i would bring my 50mm f1.8 Nikon lens. i like taking pictures of faces. this lens just takes incredible pictures

  • ace david February 18, 2011 08:26 am

    i would bring my 50mm f1.8 Nikon lens. i like taking pictures of faces. this lens just takes incredible pictures of faces....

  • Rob December 24, 2010 12:55 pm

    After reading almost all the coments, I'm a bit confused what lens/es I should buy for Canon 7D. Right now I don't want to buy more than one lens, just a single lens what will cover overall all kinds of photography. So, wondering if Canon 18-135 or 18-200mm with IS is a perfect one in terms of quality and price. Is there anybody who can help me to take right decision?

  • Alfred June 11, 2010 06:35 am

    I'd pick my Canon 17-40mm f/4 L for subjects that suit wide angle and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS for subjects that suit the telephoto range. I can do most work with these two lenses.

    If the house were on fire and only had time to grab one lens, it would be my Canon 50mm f/1.4

  • 30/90 March 12, 2010 02:02 pm

    Canon 24-70, f/2.8 L series is the lens that spends the most time on my 40D. I also have the Canon 70-200, f/2.8 non IS L series and the Canon 50mm, f/1.4 and a few other EF-S kit lenses. So much has been said of the 24-70, f/2.8 and the 50mm f/1.4, so I won't rehash it all here.

    However, the most under rated of the lens I own is the 70-200, f/2.8 L series non IS..........I originally wanted the IS version, but once I tried out the non IS version and became accustomed to the lens, I was more than pleased with results and opted to save the additonal bucks to put toward my next acquisition.........a 17-40. I have not yet been disappointed with a Canon lens. Caution!! Once you've shot Canon L series lens, you aren't going to want anything less. They aren't cheap, but the IQ is unreal.

  • Amirrul Iman November 16, 2009 10:30 pm

    50mm and 70-200mm...i like it... :)

  • ME October 28, 2009 08:37 am

    1 of my fav's is an old pentacon 6 180mm on my canon 30D ,i have a few p6's :50mm 180mm 120mm 300mm this 1 is a monster to hold on acmera !! tripod or rest of some kind is deffo needed!!
    i have a Nikon D100 converted to infra -red i like to experiment whenever possible differant lenses and cameras and converters also with Macro :i now have Med-Format too, an old RZ67 with a lot of bits,love to chop and change old with new some superb old lensesM42's the lot ?? just need more time to play and shoot, cheerzz 4 now : ANT.L

  • Keith Cassam September 28, 2009 02:03 am

    I like my sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS lens. Great walk-a-bout lens with varied focal length. Small, lightweight and a good price! I use this lens with my EOS 1000D.

  • Craig Stephan September 27, 2009 02:00 am

    Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR AF-ED DX perfect walk around lens for my D300, indispensable for most of my requirements, sharp, crisp image.

    Second is Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 VR AF-ED, fits all my telephoto requirements, surprisingly compact.

  • snorski September 22, 2009 05:33 am

    Canon 60mm ... solid, crisp and just lovely to work with...

    originally bought it for a canon 300D, but it perorms even more brilliantly on my 40D...

  • A@EPOCH September 11, 2009 04:51 am

    I have to say currently it's the Canon 70-200mm f/4L... I use the 2.8IS model for weddings and while I enjoy that one as well, something needs to be said about being able to carry this lens outdoors and take tack sharp photos without the added bulk that comes with it. And for around $600 getting any L series lens for your bag makes it even sweeter!

    Im also a fan of the 24-70mm f/2.8L for band promotional work and some studio work...but the weight and price keeps it from number 1.

  • IVAN HAMILL August 27, 2009 05:02 am

    Have to agree with those who sing the praises of the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens. This is a little cracker. great for portraits and doesn' t cost an arm and a leg

  • ASA August 25, 2009 10:46 am

    At the moment my preferred lens is the Canon 70-200mm L f2.8 US ISM lens. I shoot a lot of portraits and action western horseshow (rodeo) pictures, and that lens is absolutely excellent for that purpose. I currently own the above mentioned, + a Canon 16-35mm L USM II and a Canon 24-105mm f/4.
    The last mentioned lens is my preferred lens for day to day photography though.

  • Jonathan August 15, 2009 06:13 am

    Nikon 50mm f/1.8

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  • Paul Burge July 20, 2009 07:39 am

    Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR
    I leave this on my camera most of the time.
    It's only problem is low light situations however it's important to have a zoom to make most of my shots.
    I am trying out a new Nikkor 50mm f1.4 low light....Between the two I can get by.

  • Tristan May 22, 2009 10:13 pm

    oops, spot the deliberate mistake - I meant Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 IS on my Canon XSi

  • Tristan May 22, 2009 10:08 pm

    I have the Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 IS beast on my canon camera, aside from the weight it's the most versatile by far. Have just bought a Canon EF 50mm f1.8 to try some shots at night & realised how lazy I have been with the versatility of the Tamron - will persevere and learn the correct framing as I love the speed on the new "Normal" lens.

  • Fraser Campbell January 13, 2009 10:20 pm

    I have a new Canon EFS 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS and so far am very pleased with it....nice and light and well balanced on camera. Excellent results.

  • Ferg January 4, 2009 03:25 pm

    I have just purchased the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS and I love it!

  • Grant Kreinberg December 26, 2008 02:25 am

    My Canon 28-135mm walk about lens. Following a close second is my 100-400mm. I'm a great believer in the old adage "It's not what you've got, it's what you do with what you have".

  • Johnny Rotten December 18, 2008 03:58 am

    My everyday lens, is the Tamron 18-200mm. It has been a workhorse for me. I use it for over 80% of my shots. I opted for it over the Nikon (same focal lengths) because I don't need the VR feature that almost doubled the cost. I use a Manfrotto mono-pod for anything over 100+ mm, and have been thrilled with the results.
    I take some aerial photos, and while in a small plane, it is just too easy to zoom past 50mm, and as such, longer focal lengths will accentuate any vibration or movement from the plane. For my aerial shots, I use the Nikon AF-S DX 18-50mm and have had great results with it.
    Sometimes the 18-200mm lens doesn't quite reach far enough when shooting sports shots, so I purchased a Tamron 200-500mm Di F5-6.3 lens. Believe it or not, it often brings me too close to the action.
    My last and most recently purchased lens, is the Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 lens. I was shooting marching band competitions (at night under artificial light) and my other lenses just weren't fast enough, even with the ISO set at 3200 on my Nikon D300. This lens did the trick, and I got outstanding results with it.

  • d72 December 12, 2008 07:15 pm

    wide: EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 USM
    -fix: EF 50mm f/1.8
    -zoom:28-70mm F2.8-4 DG High Speed Zoom
    tele: Sigma 70-300 f/4.0-5.6 DG APO Macro

    all but the wideone came with ebay camerea-kit. covering all ranges (and filling the bag) in a quite cheap way :) 70-300 is most darkest (summer-zoom, I call it) and needs replacement but all others play well in that game

  • Julian December 12, 2008 01:46 pm

    I like the CANON EF 28-135MM F/3.5-5.6 IS USM as aN all round lens for holidays and walking around. Very sharp and very good value for the price.

    I also like my Canon EF 28-70 mm f/2.8 L USM and my CANON EF 35-350MM L F/3.5-5.6 USM. A bit bulky to walk arund with but very handy.

  • Marianne December 12, 2008 01:57 am

    Without a doubt my favorite lens is the Canon 100-400mm L IS 4.5-5.6. It might be a bit on the heavy side but I have developed great biceps hauling it around. Love that lens.

  • Andrei December 12, 2008 12:40 am

    I love my Tamron 17-50mm f2.8. It's light, sharp and has great value. I wouldn't trade it for any other lens in this focal range. The L-s or the Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS are too heavy for me.

  • Bruce December 11, 2008 08:23 pm

    My new 70 - 200mm L 2.8 IS Lens. It is true what they say, once you have shot with L series glass, there is no turning back...

    However, I also love my 50mm 1.8 prime because which represents fantastic value for money and teaches me to "zoom with my feet".

    Shoot Canon...Shoot RAW...

  • William Ip December 6, 2008 08:05 pm

    My favor lenses are
    1. 24-105 F4 IS - walkabout, all-in-one lens. The IS provides up to 3 stop advantage. 24 mm for FF 5D is right, 105 for portrait is great. The closest focal lenght allows macro work.
    2. 70-200 F2.8 IS - a bit heavy and bulky but it is fast and sharp. It do the portrait and macro well. Matching with a 2X can give good bird photos.
    3. the 18-200 Sigma - used it on the 300D (Rebel) for almost 2 year. Single lens for all the work.

  • Roy Osborne December 5, 2008 07:56 pm

    I use a Pentax as I found this to be a cheaper DSLR and the lens I usually keep on is the Sigma 25mm to 300mm zoom, with a 3.6 to a 6.6 aperture, though not too good as Canon etc but but some prints printed in the Australian Photography Mag 5 times so far. The other lens just brought is the Sigma 105mm x 2.9 a great lens for close ups, people and every day. Took a super Bee photo when I got it. I am an old 82 young man and love photography. Just about to buy
    another upgrade Pentax K200D I think it is. Thanks for your news letters all read very knowledgable. Cheer Roy.

  • Granger Macy December 5, 2008 01:24 pm

    While I own the Nikon 18-200 its not my favorite. Its a good lens but clunky. I've grown attached to working with primes these days. I find Nikon's 35mm f/2 on my camera the most. After that I enjoy my really old 105 f/2.5 AI lens. My D200 feels like a machine and not a toy with these lenses - oh and the pictures are great too.

  • Philip G Daikens December 5, 2008 11:04 am

    I own a Canon Rebel XSi, not bad in .jpg mode but love it in RAW. The kit lens gave me nice pictures but I was not convinced this was the best the camera was capable of. I purchased a Canon EFS 55-250mm lens that had a nice range for most every day photo shoots but I was still not completely happy with the clarity I was getting. Finally I bought a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 ll lens and love it. The lens is not expensive (about $130.00) but the sharpness blew away the other 2 lenses. I leave it on the camera almost constantly, a little more work is needed to frame the shot I want but its worth it. I am presently saving for an even better quality fixed focal length lens.

  • Naco December 5, 2008 04:19 am

    1. I will entirely agree with your statement about the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, which I have been using for about 8 months now. It really makes for a great walk around lens with its generous range and superb quality (build & optical). I only wish it was an f2.8 for this money. Some would still argue in the favour of the older Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM which indubitable comes with excellent optical qualities and considerably larger aperture but given the monstrous weight & size + no IS I would definitely NOT trade mine for the 2.8 one.

    2. The fifty-nifty (Canon EF 50mm f/1.8) is my second choice for its excellent features/price ratio.

    I have a Canon 40D camera.

  • Paul Ugalde December 5, 2008 03:34 am

    It's big, clunky and heavy and I love it! Sigma 24-70 2.8

  • Todd Overman December 5, 2008 12:29 am

    If I want to go stealthy, my 85 f/1.8 is light, fast and sharp. If it doesn't matter if people know I'm there taking photos, my 70-200 f/2.8 is the winner for flexibility.

  • Andrew Wurster December 4, 2008 09:21 pm

    50mm 1.8 nikkor

  • Bruce December 1, 2008 03:45 pm

    Nikkor 18-70 f3.5

  • John December 1, 2008 12:20 pm

    Canon 100-400 IS...super for wildlife!

  • Suvarna November 29, 2008 04:17 am

    Reading this is giving me severe lens envy! I still have the two lenses that came with my Rebel xti a 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 and a 75-300mm usm I love the 300 mil because I'm a details person and I like getting up close. I would dearly love to get my hands on the same lens only L series and with IS. I rarely use the kit lens but have been trying to use it more just to push myself try new things.

  • Luis Jordan November 29, 2008 03:21 am

    The AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, cheaper, sharp, very low distorsion, great aperture and the images are great. This is the chosen for me to aerial photography, because it is easy to calibrate.

  • Jane November 29, 2008 03:17 am

    Of course, it depends what kind of shooting I am doing, but the lens that stays on my camera most of the time and covers most of the situations I am shooting is my Nikon 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 G ED VR. Recently I went to southern Africa for a photography safari and because of severe weight limits could only choose one additional lens and so I took my Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 G ED VR. It was the perfect choice and almost on my camera 100% of the time.

  • Gary Jagours November 29, 2008 02:42 am

    And I forgot to mention that the Nikon 105mm macro D lens being a 2.8 helps also seeing I hate using flash for anything.

  • Gary Jagours November 29, 2008 02:38 am

    My favorite lens is my Nikon 105mm macro D due to my ability to shoot subjects from a distance without being right up on them. I love to shoot in cities and capture people without them really knowing I am shooting them. Also I am able to go macro for those ultra close up shots. So thats my favorite.

  • Andy November 29, 2008 01:23 am

    My favourite lens ????
    Probably whatever lens is attached to the camera body at the time of taking photographs!!!!

    Time to be sensible.....The lens that spends most of the time on my D80 is a Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 EX DC (Macro) non-HSM
    and this provides me with most of my needs.

    Keep saying that I will do more with my Nikon 50mm f1.8 (Nifty-fifty)

  • shopaholicann November 29, 2008 12:47 am

    Oh! no doubt - my Sigma 105mm 1:2 DG Macro. I keep it on my K10 all the time. It has improved my macro work immensely and portraits are a dream. It has given me confidence in my abilities, limited though they may be!!

  • Steven Green October 1, 2008 08:54 pm

    currently using a great Nikon 60 mm f2.8 micro non afs so it still has ai ring which allows me to use it with my F3 and F and then go digital with D200 (great portrait lens on D 200 and Great Macro/Micro and all rounder on F3)

  • steve August 17, 2008 10:33 pm

    nifty fifty.....nikkor 50 af1.8d on my camera all the time.

  • Matt August 11, 2008 10:57 am

    This is a great site with so much good info. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. They are invaluable to a photograpy beginner such as myself. I'm still deciding on which camera to get. I will probably get a kit lens with it to begin with and then purchase better lens' after I get a feel for the camera (and save more money!). I am considering the Canon EOS 40D.

    Can anyone recommend a site which shows photos taken say with the kit lens which comes with the Canon 40D vs an L series lens?

  • Kevin July 5, 2008 03:46 am

    I can't get enough out of my Zuiko 7-14mm ED it's just freakin' wide and sharp.

  • TurkeyLips April 10, 2008 08:40 am

    My 2 fav. are Pentax DA 10-17 f3.5/4.5 ED just for the fun of the fisheye effect, and the Tamron 18-250 Di II for it's everyday use.

  • Peter S. Carter July 18, 2007 10:52 pm

    Sigma 12-24 4.5-5.6 DG HSM
    I know some pros look down on Sigma lenses, but this one is just razor sharp. It's invaluable for the architectural photography that I do. The distortion can be quite severe due to the extreme width, but sometimes this is very desirable and other times it can be remedied quickly with free transform in Photoshop.
    I use this lens on a Canon D5 for full effect.

  • Charles July 18, 2007 04:22 pm

    My Canon 200mm f/1.8 is by far my favorite lens. The buttery smooth bokey and DOF are unmatched. It is the fastest lens ever made at that focal length. It makes pictures that no other lens can quite replicate, simply due to the large aperture COMBINED with the long focal length.

    It's been discontinued, which is too bad for most who would like to discover this lens, but great for me, as the lens has gone up 4 figures since I bought mine years ago, to over $5,000 on the used market, condition depending.

    Mine is still not for sale though. It's just that good.

  • Kevin Vertucio July 16, 2007 04:42 pm

    Hmm. Tough call. My most useful lens is my EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS, but I think my favorite lens has to be my EF 35 f/1.4L

  • andre July 16, 2007 03:13 am

    tamron 18-250 is my all around lens on rebel xti
    and for work nothing beats Canon EF-S 17 - 55 mm F2.8 IS
    so iff I have to chose is eassy 2 lenses that's all
    for gravy canon 50mm 1.4 is the king of all lenses.
    there you have it

  • Niall Maxwell July 7, 2007 12:22 am

    I am delighted with my Canon EF28-135mm f3.5 - 5.6 IS USM. Have not needed to change back to the EF-S18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 ll I bought with my Canon 350D, but must get a filter to protect my investment!

  • Mike Akstull June 22, 2007 11:59 am

    This is a great place to learn more about photography AND my camera/lenses, wish I would have known about it earlier. I have
    a couple questions that I need help with.
    1. I have the Canon EOS 30D and don't use a tripod so there is
    problems with "camera Shake", do the Canon IS lenses work well?

    2. Don't know if anyone on here can answer this but I'll ask anyway, has anyone on here used a 30D with a telescope?

  • horolographer June 18, 2007 04:29 pm

    I think I have too many lenses but since my purchase of the FF 5D to complement my 20D, the whole set has taken new life.

    Currently the most used are my primes for the actual photography that I want to be 100% spot on. 85L 35L and 100mm macro. The macro which is the money lens for me - check out the watch photography on my site.

    The 85L has no competition where portraits are concerned. The 50L comes close but no cigar. I get studio quality outdoors with that lens. The 35L is a performer but due to it being prime, it does not get much credit as would my 17-40mm which serves me very well for event photography.

    If I had to keep three lenses from my set, it has to be the 85L, 100mm macro and the 70-200 for sharpness and field work. BUT I would never part with my 35L or 50mm f1.4 now that its in my arsenal.

    Do check out my dedicated photography site as well.


  • magda June 16, 2007 01:13 am

    What lens do u recommend for Fuji E-900? Does any lens combined with adapter will fit it or does it have to be special one?

  • Angad June 15, 2007 11:46 pm

    Yup, this is a great lens, I would bundle it with a cheap 50mm f/1.8 just for some low light/indoor shots.

  • Ahmad June 14, 2007 04:05 am

    Mine also is the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM. I just returned from a two week vacation in germany and austria and this is the only lens I used during that time even though I had the Canon 50mm 1.4 with me also.

  • Tony June 13, 2007 05:43 pm

    "i am really liking my new sigma 70-200 f2.8, but i think i’ll always prefer wide angle vs telephoto."

    It's like you read my mind :-)

  • dezig June 12, 2007 02:01 pm

    I'd say my Nikkor 18-70mm ED!
    but I also love my Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D.. bokeh!

  • Peter S. Carter June 12, 2007 04:24 am

    28-300 Canon L EF (3.5-5.6)lens w/image stabilization. It's heavy, but it's razor sharp. I use it on a full frame (EOS 1Ds) body. I can avoid changing lenses and all the sensor dust problems with this lens.

    On a second body (also full frame- EOS 5D), I use a 12-24 Sigma. This lens takes some knocks in reviews, but mine is just fabulous. I could not survive without it for architectural work.

  • Rohinton Mehta June 11, 2007 06:06 pm

    I don't like 'slow' lenses. Having said that, the 18-200mm VR f/3.5-5.6 seems to cover most of my needs. It is quite sharp (though not in the same league as the 70-200mm VR f/2.8) and when used carefully (the build quality is not as good as I would like from a nikon lens), deserves to be cosidered as my most favorite D-SLR lens.

  • Gordon Sagert June 11, 2007 05:03 pm

    My favorite walk around lens is the Nikon 24-120mm Vr and the Nikon 50mm 1.8 for low light and pet photography.

  • George Purvis June 11, 2007 01:58 pm

    The Nikon 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 VR. It's the reason I bought a Nikon D200 16 months ago. I'd rather spend time composing and thinking about the shot than changing lenses.

  • dave June 11, 2007 12:05 pm

    my d200 w/Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR lens replaced a 30d with 4 lens and I get better coverage, better photos with 1 lens & couldnt be happier.. see ya later canon!!!!

  • deb knoske June 11, 2007 07:26 am

    Wow,,what timing. After an "incident" with my current lens which would cost more to fix than worth I decided it was time to invest in a new lens anyway. I love my canon 50 1.4 but just hit " enter" to buy my first "L" lens--the 24-105. Was so happy to see it was the lens of choice mentioned in the question. It comes this week and I can't wait to see the results. Now if I could just get that 5D.....

  • Thomas Loeb June 10, 2007 10:48 pm

    Favorite every day lens, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8. Tack sharp images, 3 stop IS, fast and accurate auto focus L build quality. Rather than get it the way, it is a major asset to your photographic efforts.

    Next favorite, Sigma APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG HSM. Top quality lens that doubles in spades as a portraiture lens. Fast and accurate AF. Add a Tete-Converter and you can have a 336mm tele macro.

    All in all a great lens.

  • trishie June 10, 2007 10:01 pm

    oh I wish I had a DSLR...really enjoy reading everyones replies, especially when Im considering my options for a DSLR.

  • Glenn Kujansuu June 10, 2007 09:20 pm

    I use a Sigma 18-125 3.5-5.6 DC on a Canon 20d body. I is great for everyday shooting.

  • George Nejmantowicz June 10, 2007 11:04 am

    If I could only have one lens the 24-70 f/2.8L would be it. This is the lens I keep attached to my Canon 30D camera. It works better with Canon 5D which I am going to buy when newer version will be available. As complementary to this lens I am using 70-200 f/2,8 L IS.

  • Nathaniel Brown June 10, 2007 09:48 am

    Just got the 50mm f/1.4 by Nikon believing that it will be my fav, but in past it's the 28-70mm f/2.8 Nikon.

    Next on the list is either the Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR or the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR. Both incredible lenses, worth the money....

    That is, if I end up sticking with Nikon! Canon seems to be screaming my name with the new 1D Mark 3.

  • Edgi June 10, 2007 07:38 am

    For me, my 17-55mm f/2.8 IS is currently welded on my 350D. My 70-200mm f/4 comes very close. But the 17-55mm is very much an all rounder.

  • AndrewC June 10, 2007 05:33 am

    Only had it about a month now but the Nikon 55-200 VR at about 1/3 of the price of the 18-200 VR is rapidly becoming a one lens fits most situations.

  • Justin June 10, 2007 03:08 am

    If I had to have one lens it's the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L it's sharp and has great contrast and color. However the Canon 50mm f1.4 is so sharp and light this lens would have to be my favorite.

  • Betty-Lou June 10, 2007 03:03 am

    I love my Sigma 170-500 mm lens (f5.6-f11). As a wildlife photographer I don't want to be busy changing lenses all the time. I used this lens already on my analog Konika Minolta camera. Now I use it on my Sony alpha 100 and hope to be able to continue using it on a professional DSLR by Sony which will come out next year. I might exchange this lens in the future by the Sigma 50-500 mm lens (f4.8-11), because this has even a bigger range of focal length and it is also possible to use a converter, which is not possible now. But this lens still meets all my needs right now, so exchanging it will take a while.

  • vang June 10, 2007 02:07 am

    70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens mounted on my D200. sharp, fun to use in car when traveling, solid as solid can be, no need to get in someone's face with camera

  • Gene Steinberg June 9, 2007 11:10 pm

    Since I just got the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, my favorite lens has become the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS lens. It's super sharp at all focal lengths and has extremely fast auto focus.

  • Amy Kelly June 9, 2007 10:36 pm

    Definitely the Nikon 18-200mm AF-S Zoom f/3.5-5.6 VR. Great everything lens with vibration reduction.

  • alceste June 7, 2007 07:08 pm

    As for Arun and some other I love my Sigma 30 f1.4.
    I just received it yesterday and can't stop shooting with it.... it's so good...

    The only thing is that I tend to stick to 1.4 so far...
    I'll have to test the rest once I get over the initial frenzy

  • Andrew Ferguson June 7, 2007 08:39 am

    I've been really obsessed with the Canon 17-40mm f/4L USM lens lately. I've been using it for all kinds of stuff.

    Maybe it's because I often feel restricted with my usual walkabout 50mm f/1.8 (80mm with the Rebel XT's conversion factor), but I've been really obsessed with wide angle lenses lately.

    I spent a whole day hiking in Lynn Valley canyon with the Canon 14mm F/2.8L USM prime lens last week; I had an amazing time.

  • Paul @ www.photographyvoter.com June 6, 2007 09:55 pm

    Superb idea - enjoying reading the discussion - some great pointers there.
    - Paul @ www.photographyvoter.com

  • Fatih June 6, 2007 08:04 pm

    My favorite is razor sharp Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro.
    But, I use 50mm f/1.8 a lot too.

  • Paul June 6, 2007 04:44 pm

    Canon 50mm f1.4
    supersharp, vivid colors, cheap, light. Perfect lens

  • Jenjen June 6, 2007 01:45 pm

    If I could only keep one lens, it would be the Canon F4L 24-105 in your intro. Covers such a useful range, just great. But... being a shy soul and not a fast runner, my favorite for getting the shot I want is the Canon 70-300 F4-5.6 IS USM. It's not fast, but the IS compensates pretty well, and it's not so heavy for being nice and long. I'm using them on the XTi.

  • Jack June 6, 2007 10:26 am

    The EF 24-70 f/2.8L is so far my favorite. I use that and a 70-200 f/4.0 and in conjunction they really cover the entire range if i just decide to go and walk around for a day and shoot.

  • Stephan Morais June 6, 2007 09:44 am

    Easily my favorite lens in my Nikkor 60mm/2.8 micro. This thing is *incredibly* sharp -- more so than the 50mm/1.8. Fantastic for portraits, street photography, abstract and close-up shots.

  • Vunit June 6, 2007 05:38 am

    Nikon’s 18-200 VR. Its a great multipurpose lens.

  • hb June 6, 2007 03:46 am

    zuiko digital 50mm f/2.0

  • Jeff June 6, 2007 03:40 am

    ahhhh.. i shouldn't have read this. Now i need to get that Nikon 55mm 1.8 lens for my new D40. At around $100 it may be the best value.

  • Paul June 6, 2007 01:35 am

    I agree with the 24-105mm f4 L USM IS, but my close second is my 85mm f1.2 L !!!(Awesome Lens)

    I would love to have something equivalent to the 10-20mm available to me, but you can not use EF-S lenses on the 5D.

  • Eric Holsinger June 5, 2007 10:27 pm

    Add another vote for the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L.

  • gaba June 5, 2007 07:39 pm

    Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L

  • Tony June 5, 2007 06:58 pm

    I also have a lovely little Nikon 18-70 3.5mm which is nice and compact for lugging about :)

  • utnapistim June 5, 2007 05:25 pm

    Nikon 50mm f/1.8; Its sharp and fast and cheap and great for learning composition (as it forces one to move instead of zooming).

  • Scott Hampton June 5, 2007 11:48 am

    I'm glad you put this question up. I'm a Canon guy all the way.

    My "fantastic plastic" is razor sharp, fast as lightning, but noisy and the color is a little dull. My 85 f/1.8 is a hulking, heavy, fast, beauty. I love her.

    My favorite, though, is the 70-200 L. Which one?The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM. It is a BEAUTY. The USM is so silky smooth. What is this thing: lubricated? The color is OUTSTANDING. The focal lengths are perfect for me (headshots and portraits). The size is right: just enough to impress, scare, and repel people. No one bothers me when that baby is sticking off the front of my camera, except to ask me "are you a photographer"? (No, I'm a spy. )

    I know some don't like the f/4, but I don't care. When I do a headshot outside the background turns to mush with that f/4. You can't tell what it is. In fact, I think the bokeh I get with the L is better than my primes, who hit f/1.8.

    Most of my work is with enough light. If I shoot in dim light the stage is usually lit well, so I don't care.

    I also do studio work, with strobes. If I'm doing a figure shot I stop down to at least f/8, f/11. So the slowness of the lens doesn't bother me.

    One last thing: you can't get a better lens for the price. It's the best value.


  • Shayan June 5, 2007 10:57 am

    I have to agree with the others who voted for the Canon 10-22 wide angle!

  • Mick O June 5, 2007 07:57 am

    It will be whenever Canon releases a sub-70mm f2.8 with IS that's compatible with full size sensors. Kills me that my 18-55 2.8 with IS wont rock with the 5D...

  • Patty June 5, 2007 07:44 am

    I adore my Canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 totally, but I have to say that the lens I tend to have on my camera 75% of the time is the Sigma 18-200. It is so versatile and allows me a lot of latitude in composition.

    My dream lens (oughta be your next thread!) is a Canon 10-400 f1.4 macro and it ought to weigh 16 ounces.

  • mainfr4me June 5, 2007 02:39 am

    Nikon 18-55mm AF on my D50. Does pretty much everything I need in a small package.

  • riki June 5, 2007 02:01 am

    I prefer Nikon prime lens 50mm F/1.8 and 35mm F/2D.

  • MyK-e June 5, 2007 01:42 am

    For me both Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, but mostly the 50mm.

  • Jason Britton June 5, 2007 12:05 am

    Of my current ones, it would have to be my Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX HSM.

  • Clem June 4, 2007 11:55 pm

    I traveled all over Europe with my Nikon 18-200mm and wondered why I packed the other five lenses. The only other lens I really needed was the 50mm 1.4 for indoors. So I guess you would say the 18-200mm is my favorite by far.

  • Phil R June 4, 2007 10:24 pm

    I think the one I use the most and like is my Canon 70-200mm f/4.

    I just don't have the extra cash to get other lenses... damn my bills and rest of my life for getting in the way of my photo needs!

  • Hitesh Sawlani June 4, 2007 09:42 pm

    From the ones I own

    I would have to say

    "Sigma 70-300", although its not what I most use.. its the one I have most "fun" with..

  • Spica June 4, 2007 08:32 pm

    I'd say my Sigma 17-70mm f:2.8-4 is the one I prefer. Second is my Sigma 70-300mm f:4-5.6 APO. With those two, I got all I need...

  • Pete Lambert June 4, 2007 07:12 pm

    Absolutely the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8.

    I rarely take it off.

  • Sybren June 4, 2007 06:12 pm

    My most loved lens is my Sigma 70-300 F/4-5.6. Its focal length is just right, it's great for photographing people and animals without them noticing, resulting in a natural look. Besides that, I got it from my girlfriend which makes it extra special.

    On the more wide-angle end I have an adorable Canon 17-55 F/2.8 IS USM which I bought about a week ago. Although it can't compare to a girl's love it's still very high on my favourites list. Still, it's a tremendous lens for all kinds of purposes.

  • Christof June 4, 2007 05:14 pm

    I prefer the Nikkor 50mm 1.8D most. I would like to have the 35mm because of the not so wide range of the 50mm but it´s sharpness and quality is awesome. My personal hit lens! And it´s cheap!

  • Peter van Veen June 4, 2007 04:22 pm

    I love my Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 with 1:2 macro option. I think I use this lens about 95% of my time.

  • Digisniper June 4, 2007 03:15 pm

    Sigma 10-20mm ultrawide - can't beat it!

  • PNG June 4, 2007 12:59 pm

    at the moment 85L f/1.2 MKII

  • Toney June 4, 2007 12:40 pm

    Canon EF 70-200 2.8L IS. Perfect in every way - fast, sharp, color, CA, etc. All the reviews do not do justice. Go to flickr and search out the lens and you'll see why. Another lens for my Canon 30D is the Canon EFS 17-55 2.8 IS. Another great lens, sharp and fast.

  • Diana June 4, 2007 10:44 am

    My favorite lens for landscapes is my 16mm, but for portraits, it's my 105. They are much sharper than my zoom lenses, and I like different lenses for different applications. I LOVE to do macro work, but I haven't got a favorite macro lens yet. All my lenses (except the 16mm) have macro, but they just don't get close enough for what I want to do, so that lens is not yet in my bag.

  • Tony June 4, 2007 07:40 am

    sort of love my Nikon F2.8 28-70 it's so sharp and correct, it's indispensable, though my F2.8 70-200 VR lens has become something of a standard lens for me since I can stand off and use high speed crop which makes it into a 400mm F2.8 image stabilised lens..........a pretty good double act

  • Skye June 4, 2007 07:14 am

    I share your love for the Canon 24-105. It's my first lens and I totally love it. I also wish it has a bigger aperture. I recently bought the Canon 100mm macro lens and I'm loving it all the more. I'm currently saving up for the Canon 70-200 2.8L.

  • André June 4, 2007 06:25 am

    As I love making macrophoto's it will become the tamron 90mm macro. Become, because I just bought this lense. ;-)

  • Paul June 4, 2007 06:15 am

    Having only really used 1 lens i'd be struggling to say which I like best as it would be default best and worst!

    I have just ordered myself a Pentax 40mm f/2.8 'pancake' lens as a gift (for myself!).

    I have the 18-55mm kit-lens that I got with my Pentax k100d. I find the 18-55 covers most of the range I need. I got my new prime lens at a good deal but hope to add a medium-zoom lens in the future. Any opinions on something with a range of somewhere round 150mm welcomed (pentax fittable obviously).

  • Anita June 4, 2007 05:20 am

    my precious Nikkor 50mm/1.4f!!! I love the 18-200mm VR too but the 50mm is unbeatable

  • Matt June 4, 2007 04:22 am

    Nikon / Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR

    Basically a pretty ridiculous lens, as previously mentioned. The "zoom" equivalent of 11x is pretty good, and 18mm on a DSLR is nice and wide.

  • Matthew June 4, 2007 04:06 am

    I use the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8.

    I've got my eye on the Tamron 18-250 f/3.5-6.3 Macro for the longer zoom and macro use; the review looks good, just not sure if an IS lens would be better? Thoughts?

  • C June 4, 2007 03:50 am

    Mine would have to be Nikkor f2.8 35-70mm AF. Reasons:

    1. It's super sharp and has wonderful contrast
    2. Not much of a zoom and the frame is really small but it makes me work for my shots, and the results show!

  • Steven June 4, 2007 02:50 am

    For daily use:
    Tamron AF SP 28-75mm f/2.8 Di XR LD Aspherical IF

  • masone June 4, 2007 12:55 am

    I just love my Sigma 17-70mm, 1:2.8-4.5!

  • Benty June 4, 2007 12:10 am

    I recently bought a nikon 12-24mm F1.4 and love the compressed perspective. Its so wide its near impossible to miss your subject or get it out of focus. City scapes look awesome.

  • Jordan June 3, 2007 10:16 pm

    Sigma 8mm f/3.5. Fantastic.


  • Boby June 3, 2007 09:20 pm

    My favorite is the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
    Since I got it, I almost couldn't replace it with one of the other other lenses.

  • seb June 3, 2007 08:48 pm

    and the 18-200 VR hype continues...
    but I've forgot to mention: I really can't stand the lens moving i n/out on its own holding the camera straight up/down. According to Nikon: "as designed..."


  • Dr Mohammad tohami June 3, 2007 07:58 pm

    I am using the AF-S DX VR 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G IF-ED Zoom-Nikkor & the Nikon 50mm F1.8
    Most of the times I do use the allpurpose lens 18-200.
    For wedding and portrait photography I might get the help of the 50mm F1.8 nikkor lens specially under poor lightening conditions.To me, both lens are sharp and crisp.
    If I have to choose a single lens, it should be the AF-S DX VR 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G IF-ED Zoom-Nikkor.

  • massimomb June 3, 2007 06:26 pm

    I yust LOVE my 17-55 IS EFS on my 400D, but my walkabout lens is actually a 28-135 IS,I hope Canon will offer more EFS lenses in the next future,with the 17-55 EFS quality.


  • Tony June 3, 2007 06:06 pm

    For me, it'll have to be the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.

    Reason: IS, Zoom covers 90% of my needs and within my price range.

  • William Luu June 3, 2007 05:24 pm

    Of what I have, I'd say the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 is my favourite.

    It's the cheapest lens I own, but it's the perfect indoor portrait lens (out of what I've got).

    Once rented the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, very very lovely lens.

  • Miss_Skelington June 3, 2007 05:08 pm

    Nikon 12-24mm. Couldn´t live without it now, it´s great!

  • HTan June 3, 2007 04:47 pm

    For me the best performing lens is the 100mm f2.8 macro and the 85L f1.2. Both lenses consistently shoot keepers.

    Best walk around/ travel lens is the Tamron 28-75 and Sigma 30mm f1.4.

  • Jono June 3, 2007 02:53 pm

    I love my Sigma 10-20mm on my 10D.

    The first one I bought was a dud (too soft at the edges). The replacement is supurb!

    Always test a lens before you buy it!

  • Scotty June 3, 2007 02:41 pm

    NIkkor 18 -200 VR. It matched the hype...

  • Digital Photography June 3, 2007 12:32 pm

    I have those too (Canon EF 50mm F1.8), they're pretty good.


  • sinergy June 3, 2007 11:42 am

    Canon 50mm f1.4 'nuff said ;)

  • LeggNet June 3, 2007 11:36 am

    You're showing mine. A Canon 24-105 f/4L IS lens on my Canon 5D...

    #2 is my Canon 70-200 f/4L

  • Eric June 3, 2007 11:34 am

    The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM would be on the top of my list if I could have only one lens. But since that's not a limitation, my favorite lens is probably the EF 135mm f/2L USM. A close second is the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.

    My favorite non-digital lens is definitely my Minolta MD 85mm f/2.8 Varisoft. I still find myself setting down my EOS 5D and picking up my XD 11 and the Varisoft sometimes. One of the best portrait lenses ever, IMHO.

  • Daniel June 3, 2007 11:08 am

    Hands down, my favorite lens is Nikon 17-55mm, next is either 50mm 1.4 or 1.8, but I'm partial to 1.4 since I own one :-)

  • Aj June 3, 2007 11:08 am

    Just got back from a trip to Yellowstone NP. All I needed was my 18-200mm VR Nikkor.

  • Zibri June 3, 2007 10:15 am

    Canon EF 50mm F1.8
    Cheap and GREAT.

    I use it mainly for indoor shooting and portraits.

    A few landscapes didn't come out bad.. but it's not lens fault.. it's the photographer's.. :)

  • Jeff O'Hara June 3, 2007 09:37 am

    My current favorite is the Nikkor f1.8D. A: it's cheap @$100. B: it takes really sharp photos. Until i'm made of money I need to buy cheaper glass.

    -Jeff O'Hara

  • chrisfromoz June 3, 2007 08:39 am

    I only have 2 lenses: the standard that came with my Canon 30D and an EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM which I also bought at the same time. Have only just found this website, and as a 'newbie' am totally loving it, and wish I understood more about what everyone is saying. Maybe one day........ In the meantime, love the EF 55-200mm cause it allows me to get the close-ups I love. but as for technical details, can't share them as yet, since I don't really know what I'm talking about in that department.

  • Libu June 3, 2007 08:28 am

    Well i would have to say my 50mm f1.8 ! Its takes awesome pictures !

  • Char June 3, 2007 06:27 am

    This was a race between my LB 3G, LB 2.0 and Nikkor 18-55mm however the Nikkor 18-55mm wins, it produces sharp great pictures and with all the lenses I do have the standard gives me exactly what I need at any point in time.

  • Rygood June 3, 2007 06:22 am

    So hard to choose just one...

    Overall: Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L - This lens is a simply amazing walkaround lens. It narrowly beats the 24-105, only because of the f/2.8 in my opinion.

    Prime: Canon 50mm f/1.4 - Not only is this lens sharp as a tack, and a low-light monster it is CHEAP and in my opinion has the highest quality to price ratio of any lens canon makes.

    Zoom: Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS L - This lens pretty much speaks for itself. Amazing sharpness, focusing speed and build quality. Add f/2.8 plus IS - simply amazing.

  • Sanjay June 3, 2007 06:11 am

    My favorites lens is the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro. It gives me extremely sharp pictures and reveals macro details that I have never seen before.

  • Mike June 3, 2007 05:50 am

    My favorite general-purpose walkaround lens is the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L.

    My favorite all-around lens is the Canon EF 135mm f/2L prime. It's a super-fast, sharp, lightweight lens that forces me to work a little harder when I'm walking around looking for good photos.

  • Pierre June 3, 2007 05:46 am

    Without a doubt, my 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 Leica Vario Elmarit which comes with the Leica Digilux 3 (or Panasonic DMC-L1).

    The focal length is equivalent to a 28-100mm (yep, that's a four thirds mount).

    It is incredibly bright, fits most of my needs, and the optical stabilizer rocks.

    The only downside : I find the 4/3 image ratio kind of disturbing.

  • Keith June 3, 2007 05:32 am

    My first lens was the Canon EF 28-135 IS USM. For many months, it was also my only lens. Can't say that I've had a single complaint.

    If you don't want to shell out for an L-series, but want a nice, fast, reliable daily shooter, then this lens fits the bill.

  • Gary Thom June 3, 2007 04:56 am

    Either my 70-200mm VR f2.8 or the 50mm f1.8, they alternate on my camera.

  • G Fahey June 3, 2007 04:29 am

    The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 makes me a better photographer. It's a $100 lens and yet, I am always blown away by the photos I take. B&W candids shot between 1.8 and 2.8 always are keepers. At f8 to f11 well, let's just say I never have to use any sharpening in PS. That is saying something.

    My Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR is the equal of my 50mm. $1700 and $100 lenses that are superb. A tad heavy but, I'm a strong guy. I do wish I could give the Canon EF 24-105 a try. I see great photos taken with this lens. But, I am to far into Nikon and am happy.

  • Terry L. June 3, 2007 04:18 am

    I was wanting to get a canon 70-200 2.8L lens, but I have not seen anyone mention it, from what I have read, it is supposed to be great, I just don't think the Is, is worth the difference about 50% more on ebay and the non Is is supposed to be a sharper lens and better for things that are in motion.

  • Dj TropiKAL June 3, 2007 04:01 am

    It absolutely has to be my Canon 17-40 f/4 L. Got great colors, and absolutely lovely landscape pictures!

  • Nicholas Pawlak June 3, 2007 03:51 am

    nikon 10.5mm f2.8 fisheye. its so clear and has great distortion. prefect for shooting BMX and Skate Photography which i am very into.

  • Sam Saccone June 3, 2007 03:45 am

    Canon EF 16-35 2.8 ..... amazing focus range and awesome hands down

  • mdwsta4 June 3, 2007 03:45 am

    Dr Tan- i'm assuming you're referring to the 1st version of the lens which is also prone to soft focusing. the 2nd version (announced with the mkIII and 530exII) hasn't received any bad reviews as far as i've seen yet.

  • Another Richard June 3, 2007 03:42 am

    Canon 50mm 1.8 Mk II - "Nifty Fifty" Cheap, fast, light, did I say cheap, I mean inexpensive. I know, it's a disposable lens, but for the price, I'll buy another one when this one dies.

  • Denear June 3, 2007 03:34 am

    Canon 24-105mm f4L, the greatest walk around lens I have ever owned.
    Wish list, in that order; 24-70 f/2.8L, 85 f1.2L ( but would settle for 50 f1.4), 300 f2.8L IS, 24 f1.4L (again might settle for 14mm f2.8L), 16-35 f2.8L II, followed by a few large prime zoom lenses in the L series........
    Yes I know it's a big list, but hey what are dreams for.....
    I own some of the higher end Sigma lenses, but still much prefer the Canon L series glass, so crisp and clear, well worth the difference in $s if you can afford the sticker price.

  • Richard June 3, 2007 03:13 am

    I like my Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and my Tamron 24-135 f/3.5.

  • Rob June 3, 2007 02:37 am

    Nikon 50mm 1.8

    The best lens there is!

  • Shayan June 3, 2007 02:31 am

    I love my canon 50mm 1.8 - the plastic is truly fantastic, it's light and small, discrete, and i use it for street photography and portraits. I use it at parties for no flash photography. I use it at concerts. It's the lense that I can rely on for tough situations. Just a little bit tight with the 1.6x crop factor on my EOS 30d, but hey, that's why we have legs.

  • Richard June 3, 2007 02:14 am

    I guess it isn't the usual walk-around lens, but my favorite is a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro. It gets first shot at almost anything nearby that I want a picture of.

  • Pam Roth June 3, 2007 02:08 am

    The lens I use the most is my AF-S DX VR 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G IF-ED Zoom-Nikkor

  • Frederic June 3, 2007 02:07 am

    For myself, my favourite lens is the Nikon 28-70mm f2.8D AF-S. Sharp throughout the zoom range, great in low light, and it works on both my F100 film cam and my new D200.

    I bought this "little" baby in April 2006 after my 35-70 f2.8D was stolen in a house robbery. My second favourite is the 80-200 f2.8D AF-S, again super sharp, good operating range. Both are of course weighty, but if you want the quality, and the speed, its worth the money. I also made sure to buy both with the same filter size 77mm. This way one size does fit all!!!

    Years ago my Dad, a retired Engineer with Spar Aeropsace, instilled in me two sayings, which I adhere to, to this day: "Buy the best you can afford", and "Do it Right the first time!" I have never regretted my purchases and the photographic results (for a well composed and exposed shot) always make me go - wow!

    Happy shooting!

    Frederic in Montréal

  • Guy June 3, 2007 01:59 am

    Tamron 70-300 - Fits my needs perfectly.

  • ari4u June 3, 2007 01:34 am

    Canon 24-105mm f4 L
    Perfect walkaround lens. Constant aperture. Crisp and vibrant pictures.

    Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L
    Tack sharp. Excellent wildlife lens. Very fast AF.

  • Trevor Carpenter June 3, 2007 01:27 am

    There's no doubt about it, my Sigma 30mm f1.4 is the top. I love it. It is amazingly sharp, takes great photos in low light, freehand.

    I've never been able to do the things I do with my Sigma.

    It's true what they say, "Once you go prime, you'll never go back."

  • Todd June 3, 2007 01:26 am

    My most used lens is the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D. Downside is the 1.5 factor deprives me of a good wide angle and the lens is *heavy*. Upside is the great performance in low light and it's sharpness.

  • tivoboy June 3, 2007 01:25 am

    I would have to second the canon 17-40 f/4 L. I like it better than the 16-35 2.8, not so much on price, but SIZE. The faster lens is so much heavier!

    This is a very sharp lens, and the canons can easily give it enough ISO to keep up with the f/4 speed. would I rather a 2.8 on this puppy, sure, but not for another grand!

  • Kevin June 3, 2007 01:19 am

    My Nikon Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR is the most amazing lens I've ever used. The range of performance is very wide:
    Still life
    Motion blur:
    And when combined with the 1.7 teleconverter you can reach out and grab images at 200m:

  • Kevin O'Mara June 3, 2007 01:13 am

    I love love love the Canon 50mm f/1.8. There's a reason it's called the "plastic fantastic" - price usually under $100 yet it takes some mighty crisp photos. I personally feel that everyone who shoots Canon should have this in their bag ... unless, you know, you can afford the f/1.4 instead.

  • OscarC June 3, 2007 12:54 am

    The most useful lens with superb image quality and a real bargain is the Canon EF 50mm 1.8 mark II. Quality build is not great but under $100usd pricetag you can´t ask for more.

    The Canon EF S 10-22mm 3.5-4.5 is one superb lens for ultra wide angle that is actually very useful. It´s not a walk around lens, but with its low distortion everything gets a fresh look. I love this lens. I´d like f2.8, and without being an L series it´s on the pricey side.

    A good walk around lens I use is the EF S 18-85mm. Good price, nice built and is a good upgrade from the kit lens. Optically is not excellent, but with DX0 I can fix any optical problem.

    For super tele the EF 70-300mm IS USM is just superb at a great price. It´s a terrific lens for portraits and great bokeh. Image Stabilization works very nice and it´s a must have lens.

  • Dr. Tan June 3, 2007 12:51 am

    mdwsta4, you might want to read abit of reviews about the 16-35 f/2.8L.

    From what I read AND heard, the distortion is quite bad even at telephoto.

  • Dr. Tan June 3, 2007 12:48 am

    EF 50mm f/1.8 II.

    Though I stole my friend's 17-40 f/4L for a while and loved it.

    Though the image tends to look like a topographical tent top due to the distortion.

    But then again, its a super-wide.

  • jonathan June 3, 2007 12:44 am

    Easily my Nikon 50mm f/1.8D.

  • nick June 3, 2007 12:23 am

    I'm eyeballing the nikon 18-135. I have the 18-55 and the 55-200vr, but I don't use the long telephoto as much as I thought I would.

  • Dennis Williams June 3, 2007 12:21 am

    I use a Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. I do a lot of nature photography, so I have to constantly switch lenses. The scene can change from beautiful landscape shots to close-ups of wildlife around each bend. It's a real pain, but the IS feature of the 70-300 is absolutely necessary for those extreme zoom shots.

    But, if I HAD to pick one lens, it would have to be the 18-55, because I can't use the 70-300 for family gatherings, which is the second most popular use for my camera. I also use an old Canon 35-80mm film lens if I really get stuck for that mid-range shot. My camera is a Canon Digital Rebel XT.

  • Tup June 3, 2007 12:06 am

    I'd say probably the Canon 70-200 f4 IS.

  • Kris June 3, 2007 12:05 am

    I love my Pentax FA43mm f1.9 Limited

  • Brian G June 2, 2007 11:49 pm

    Have to agree w/ Joey Kunin, loving the Nikon 50mm f/1.8. Awesome, sharp and fast prime lens.

  • Arun June 2, 2007 11:47 pm

    Sigma 30mm f/1.4

    It is fast, fast focusing, of good build quality and with a 1.6x crop factor found on canons, it comes to the equivalent of a 48mm. I just plain love it.

  • JerryW June 2, 2007 11:40 pm

    In the starting question, the author Picked a Canon EF 24-105mm F4 IS USM lens. I hear great things about it because of its sharpness. A curious association would be what camera body he uses it on and why? My knowledge of the lens is that it is best used with the full frame Canon 5D. If anyone has experience using it with say a 30D, I'd like to hear about the usefulness with that body too.

  • aries67 June 2, 2007 11:40 pm

    I love my Canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM ultra wide angle. It gives me lines, height, creative perspectives.

  • Brian Auer June 2, 2007 11:37 pm

    I've got my eye on the Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD.

  • Richard Lewis June 2, 2007 11:28 pm

    Since I can't afford any L-series lenses, my current favourite standard is the EF-S 17-85mm IS, which is brilliantly sharp and has the right zoom range for a walkabout lens, and was within my meagre budget.

    I've also got a Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM, which is cheap, sharp like an L (apparently) and comes with all those EX sigma bonuses, like top notch build quality, lens hood and carry case. Anyone considering the EF-S 10-22mm should also consider this, I love it.

  • Vinu June 2, 2007 11:21 pm

    Just got my AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED about a month ago. Absolutely fantastic lens this. It has the focal length range to cover almost every need and the VR (Vibration Reduction) makes a huge difference not only in low light conditions, but I find even in normal light if you've gone beyond about 120mm range. I used to have a AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II and AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED. I liked those two quite a bit as well but didn't really like having to switch lenses as often as I ended up doing for my needs. There's only two things I don't quite like about the 18-200mm:

    i) It's heavy! I didn't notice it till recently I ended up walking around with it around my neck for about 3-4hrs in Washington DC!

    ii) Due to it's 72.0mm Filter size, the lens hood is so big that the on camera flash tends to leave a shadow towards the bottom half of my pictures. (That's why I got a Nikon SB600 flash unit)

    Other than that, if you are on the fence trying to decide whether or not to buy the Nikon 18-200mm I'd say go for it!

    The two lenses that I have on my "Would love to own" list:
    1) Nikon 50mm f/1.4 (The "Nifty-Fifty" - as Puja Parakh, photoblogger of the week calls it..)
    2) A super wide angle (maybe a 10-20mm or a 12-24mm) - Any suggestions on this one?

  • steve June 2, 2007 11:16 pm

    I just got it yesterday in the mail...Olympus 50mm 2.0 macro. But my all time favorite was the old Vivitar 28-90 Series One lens made in the early 80s. Wow, that thing was sharp!

  • iABC June 2, 2007 10:53 pm

    At the moment its my Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

  • mdwsta4 June 2, 2007 10:45 pm

    canon 17-40 f4L. heavy enough to feel good, light enough to carry around all day. shots are extremely sharp from center to corners throughout the aperture range. one day i'll pick up the 16-35 for the 2.8 f-stop, but until then i this is my favorite walk around lens.
    i am really liking my new sigma 70-200 f2.8, but i think i'll always prefer wide angle vs telephoto.

  • Winston June 2, 2007 10:34 pm

    I would have to say my newly acquired Nikon Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens mounted on my D200. Great aperture and sharpness. It's a great lens for sports and people photography so as not to be "in your face.”

  • Seejy June 2, 2007 10:22 pm

    Nikkor AFS DX VR 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G IF ED. Love it for being able to go from wide to tele without having to change lenses.

    Its on my camera 98% of the time. Other 2% is running around like a fool with a Nikkor AF 50mm f1.8D.

  • Rebecca G. June 2, 2007 10:08 pm

    If only I had the funds for an L ...

    That aside, I love my Canon EF 28-135 with image stabilization. I went through quite the circus to decide which lens I liked better (I owned the EF-S 17-85 for a short time and told the whole long, tortured story at my blog), but now I'm extremely happy with my decision. Minus salivating for that 24-105, of course. ;-)

  • coppy June 2, 2007 10:03 pm

    Canon EF 85/1.8 USM

    :) Very nice for people photography but has not many other useful purposes as the focal length is very special...

  • Azlan June 2, 2007 10:01 pm

    I think my favourite, and because it's my main lens, it'd have to be the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 for my Nikon D70. ^^

  • angelbq June 2, 2007 10:00 pm

    For the moment from what I have, my Nikon 50mm f/1.4. Great for low light and indoor portraits.

    But I am drooling for a 28-70mm f/2.8, the Nikon 18-200 VRII and a 105 mm f/2.8 macro.

  • Otto K. June 2, 2007 09:53 pm

    I'll say exactly the same lens that you said and for the same reasons: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM. It's a great lens that is very versatile. I took it to the Alps on a trek and wound up keeping it on my camera almost exclusively.

  • NaturesPixel June 2, 2007 09:26 pm

    @sime ...lol what are you a MacDonalds TV ad??? ;)

  • NaturesPixel June 2, 2007 09:25 pm

    while i have a crappy sigma that takes fairly decent photos its the range i cant live with out ... its a 70-300mm tho i want to extend that range to 400 :)

    so realistically i don't have a fave lens .. just a fave focal length ;)

  • Greg Furry June 2, 2007 09:10 pm

    Picking my favorite lens is like picking my favorite child. If I had to have only one lens it would be my Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR. That was actually the plan until I got my 50mm f/1.8. Wow that is fun. Then I picked up an 85mm f/1.4 even more fun. I still use all of them and love them equally as much. Kind of like my 3 kids.

  • Mike Woodhouse June 2, 2007 08:42 pm

    I'm just getting to grips with my spiffy new Canon 70-300mm IS USM, which I think I'm going to like a lot, but for now I still love my 50mm f/1.8, which is a wonderful combination of sharp, fast (as fast as I can cope with at least) and fabulously cheap.

  • Chris June 2, 2007 08:32 pm

    For a long time it was a Nikkor 12-24mm f/4, but I just bought myself a Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 it's not a easy lens to shoot with, but it's fun and the bokeh is very nice!

  • Sime June 2, 2007 08:24 pm

    At the moment it is still my Canon EF 50mm f/1.4... very sharp, great depth of field and it's small!... "i'm lovin' it"

  • pieter June 2, 2007 08:15 pm

    that would be my Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM... razor sharp & lightning fast AF!

  • Graeme Smith June 2, 2007 07:58 pm

    Ok, I don't have a DSLR, but I'm not gonna let that stop me leaving a comment! ;-)

    I currently use a Panasonic FZ50 bridge camera. It has a Leica 7.4 - 88.8 mm f/2.8 - 3.7 IS lens which is equivalent to 35 - 420 mm. In addition to covering such a wide focal length this lens is quite fast, sharpness is good, and has little distortion. The only bad thing is that you can get some ugly purple fringing/chromatic aberrations around hight contrast edges.

    And when I get a DSLR one lens I've heard is quite nice is Tamrons 90 mm macro.

  • schoash June 2, 2007 07:47 pm

    I prefer my Nikkon 80-200 f/2.8. Its a great and solid lens.

  • seb June 2, 2007 07:19 pm

    Yes, this one Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR too.
    Second one: Nikkor 70-200 2,8 VR.

    For use with a D2Xs


  • kapi June 2, 2007 07:16 pm

    Nikkor 85mm f1.4

    Its just magic

  • Taavi June 2, 2007 07:05 pm

    I have the Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR lens. Extraordinary thing that is, covers all my possible needs.

  • Sanjay June 2, 2007 06:52 pm

    canon 50mm f/1.8 II

    This is the one and only lens tha i have.

  • jay June 2, 2007 06:51 pm

    Well I use 18-55mm Nikkor and 55-200mm Nikkor.. I prefer the telephoto one as its so easy to get the subjects from the distance so u dont interfer them and end up getting the "real action". but the problem is even a small hand-shake can blur the image bad.. Both lenses are pretty fast..

  • CraHan June 2, 2007 06:48 pm

    I'm siding with Joey: a Nikkor 50mm f1/8. Extremely nice, albeit a bit tight with a 1.5x crop factor (the 50mm becomes a 75mm), lens.

  • Fabian June 2, 2007 06:47 pm

    Sigma 70-300 F4-5,6 APO Macro 150€
    Although it's not the best lens on the market obviously, I like it a lot. Of course I only have two lenses so not a lot to choose from, but I like the long range it covers, the macro mode and as a student of course I loved the price.

  • Mark Denovich June 2, 2007 06:25 pm

    Nikon's 18-200VR. The hype is not misplaced, if you want the ultimate walk around lens, that is the lens to have. I had the 24-120VR (on paper very similar to your Canon pick) and really enjoyed using it, but this lens is something else. The wide angle, and extra reach make composition a snap.

  • joey kunin June 2, 2007 06:11 pm

    Nikon 50mm f/1.8, a clean, fast, super sharp classic lens thats got a great focal length.

  • AC June 2, 2007 06:01 pm

    Right now, I just wish I had a DSLR.....

  • Mark June 2, 2007 05:26 pm

    At the Moment it's my 55-200 Tamron Di II , this will change next week when my Canon EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS and Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS arrives.

    Ryan's EF-S 10-22 then moves to the top of my what lens next list.

  • Ramunas June 2, 2007 05:17 pm

    Zuiko Digital 40-150mm

    I pretty much use it all the time.

  • David Sifry June 2, 2007 05:10 pm

    I love my canon 50mm f1.4 lens. Sharp, light, short focus distance. With my 10D, it is a GREAT portrait lens. With my 5D it is a great normal lens.

    Even though I have other lenses like the Canon 85mm f1.8, 16-35mm f2.8L and 70-200IS f2.8L - all of which I like, I find myself keeping the 50mm f1.4 attached to my camera most of the time, it is just a great lens.

    Oh, and it is cheap too!


  • Ryan Du Bois June 2, 2007 05:03 pm

    Canon 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5

    It's great for wide angle shots on a DSLR - good distortion control, decent aperture, really good for "no look" photography (read: on a bike, moving at 15 miles/hour, shooting friends around you, or setting near the ground for a different perspective - that sort of thing).

  • Luis Cruz June 2, 2007 05:02 pm

    I would have to say the 24-70 f/2.8L tops my list. If I could only have one lens, this would be it.