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Lens Recommendations

It’s hard enough to choose the right camera these days, but lenses are even harder. There are hundreds of them to choose from, ranging from less than $100 to more than $10,000. Unfortunately, the image quality that they produce does not always match their price tag.

Since starting this website, I have been asked one question more than any other: “What lens should I buy?”

Rather than continually filling the comment sections with the same basic recommendations, I thought it would be more efficient to simply post my answers here, once and for all. As usual, though, I’m more than happy to answer further questions or take suggestions.

Sony's E-mount lenses

Complete SONY E-Mount Lens List

Sony's E-mount cameras have been booming in popularity over the past couple of years, and rightly so: they're innovative, feature rich, and high performing.  Un...
All Nikon Lenses, Group Shot

Complete Nikon Lens List

Nikon has been producing lenses with their "F" mount for over 50 years, so there are hundreds different of lenses made by Nikon that will fit modern DSLRs....
Canon ef 18-135 STM lens

18-200mm & All-in-One Lenses

All-In-One Lenses for Canon Actually, I don't recommend any of the currently available 18-200mm lenses or any of the longer all-in-one zooms, like Tamron's 18 ...
Canon Lenses

Complete Canon Lens List

Canon has been producing auto-focus lenses since the late 1980s, and surprisingly, some of the early lenses are still in production. From the beginning, Canon m...
Nikon Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8G VR II

All Around Kit: Pro Budget

 One of the great things about shooting Nikon is that, if you have a little money to throw around, they produce some really excellent optics. For Full...
Nikon Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8

Wide-Angle Zoom

Technically, any zoom lens with a zoom range falling below about 50mm (APS-C) or 70mm (full frame) can be considered a wide-angle zoom, but these days, people a...
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Portrait Lenses

Best Portrait Lenses for Canon Before I continue, let me stress that there are as many different portrait lenses as there are styles of portraiture. Some photo...
Sigma FLD 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 HSM

Wide-Angle Zoom

Technically, any zoom lens with a zoom range falling below about 50mm (APS-C) or 70mm (full frame) can be considered a wide-angle zoom, but these days, people a...