LENSES

Designation

Series

Focal Length

(mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread (mm)

Price (UK)

Price (US)

EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II USM

L

24-70

2.8

 

38

82

EF 70-200 f/4 L IS USM

L

70-200

4

Yes

120

67

EF 70-300 f/4- 5.6 L IS USM

L

70-300

4-5.6

Yes

120

67

A cheaper alternative:

EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM

EF-S

55-250

4-5.6

Yes

85

 

LENSES

Choosing a camera body is only one part of the process.

Now you need lenses to attach to your inter-changeable lens camera.

 

The lens is the heart of a quality image.

 

For general purposes it is useful to have a zoom lens with a focal length of between 36mm and 80mm (full frame equivalent).

For wider views you need a 12-28mm lens, and for telephoto it is useful to cover the range 105-200mm (or even 400mm).

The highest quality lenses tend to be the fixed focal length or 'prime lenses".

In general, the better the quality of the lens the more you have to pay.

The balancing act is to acquire a lens which provides enough quality for your purposes without 'breaking the bank'.

This listing/guide should help you to make that choice.

Below is a selection of very good lenses for use with the more common interchangeable lens cameras.

Some are made by the same manufacturer as the camera body, whilst others, (e.g. Sigma and Tamron) are made by third-party manufacturers (usually for the most popular fittings e.g. Canon, Nikon).

LENSES FOR DSLR CAMERAS

 

(Note: Prices are approximate.

Click on price to go to retailer.)

CANON ZOOM LENSES

CANON PRIME LENSES

Designation

Series

Focal Length

(mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread (mm)

Price (UK)

Price (US)

EF 35mm f/1.4 L II USM

L

35

1.4

 

28

72

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

 

50

1.8

 

35

49

EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

 

85

1.8

 

85

58

EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM

L

100

2.8

Yes

30

67

NIKON ZOOM LENSES

Designation

Series

Focal Length

(mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread (mm)

Price (UK)

Price (US)

14-24mm f/2.8 G ED AF-S

G (No aperture ring)

14-24

2.8

 

28

n/a

16-35mm f/4 G ED AF-S VR

G

16-35

4

Yes

28

77

18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED AF-S

G

18-35

3.5-4.5

 

28

77

70-200mm f/4 G ED VR

G

70-200

4

Yes

1000

67

80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G ED VR AF-S

G

80-400

4.5-5.6

Yes

175

77

NIKON PRIME LENSES

Designation

Series

Focal Length

(mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread (mm)

Price (UK)

Price (US)

14mm f/2.8 D ED AF

D (communicate distance information)

14

2.8

 

20

n/a

24mm f/1.4 G ED AF-S

G

24

1.4

 

25

77

28mm f/1.8 G ED AF-S

G

28

1.8

 

25

67

 

35mm f/1.8 G AF-S DX

G DX (Digital Lens)

35

1.8

 

30

52

40mm f/2.8 G AF-S DX Micro

G DX

40

2.8

 

20

5d

50mm f/1.4 D AF

D

50

1.4

 

45

52

 

85mm f/1.8 G AF-S

G

85

1.8

 

80

67

 

105mm f/2.8 G AF-S VR II Micro

G

105

2.8

Yes

31

62

300mm f/4 E PF ED VR

AF-S

E

300

4

Yes

140

77

Designation

Canon Fit

Nikon Fit

Sony Alpha Fit

Focal Length (mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (cms)

Filter Thread

Price (UK)

Price (US)

10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM (*)

Yes

Yes

Yes

10-20

3.5

 

24

82

12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art

Yes

Yes

 

12-24

4

 

24

 

 

 

18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM

Yes

Yes

 

18-35

1.8

 

28

72

24-35mm f/2 DG HSM

Yes

Yes

 

24-35

2

 

28

82

24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG IF HSM

Yes

Yes

Yes

24-70

2.8

 

38

82

Please note: third-party lenses are made to fit models from companies such as Canon and Nikon. The prices and links may not be to your make of camera, so follow the link and then search for the lens that fits your make of camera.

SIGMA ZOOM LENSES

(*) Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM chosen by Amateur Photographer magazine as the Zoom Lens of the Year.

SIGMA PRIME LENSES

Designation

Canon Fit

Nikon Fit

Sony Alpha Fit

Focal Length (mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread

Price (UK)

Price (US)

24mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Yes

Yes

 

24

1.4

 

25

77

 

 

35mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Yes

Yes

Yes

35

1.4

 

30

67

 

 

50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Yes

Yes

Yes

50

1.4

 

40

77

 

 

85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

Yes

Yes

Yes

85

1.4

 

85

77

 

 

180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro APO

Yes

Yes

Yes

180

2.8

Yes

47

86

 

 

TAMRON ZOOM LENSES

Designation

Canon Fit

Nikon Fit

Sony Alpha Fit

Focal Length (mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread

Price (UK)

Price (US)

24-70 f/2.8 SP Di VC USD

Yes

Yes

Yes

24-70

f/2.8

Yes

38

82

 

70-200mm f/2.8 SP AF Di LD IF Macro

Yes

Yes

Yes

70-200

2.8

 

95

77

150-600mm f/5-6.3 SP Di VC USD G2

Yes

Yes

Yes

150-600

5-6.3

Yes

220

95

200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD IF

Yes

Yes

Yes

200-500

f/5-6.3

 

250

86

 

70-300 SP f/4-5.6 Di VC USD

Yes

Yes

Yes

70-300

4-5.6

Yes

 

 

TAMRON PRIME LENSES

Designation

Canon Fit

Nikon Fit

Sony Alpha Fit

Focal Length (mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread

Price (UK)

Price (US)

45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

Yes

Yes

 

45

1.8

Yes

29

67

60mm f/2 SP AF Di II LD IF Macro

Yes

Yes

 

60

2

 

23

55

 

SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD (*)

Yes

Yes

Yes

85

1.8

Yes

80

67

180mm f/3.5 SP AF Di LD IF Macro

Yes

Yes

Yes

180

3.5

 

47

72

 

(*) Chosen by Amateur Photographer magazine as the Fixed Focal Length Lens of the Year.

TOKINA LENSES

Designation

Canon Fit

Nikon Fit

Sony Alpha Fit

Focal Length (mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread

Price (UK)

Price (US)

AT-X 116 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX

Yes

Yes

 

11-16

f/2.8

 

30

77

 

AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 PRO FX

Yes

Yes

 

16-28

2.8

 

26

n/a

 

AT-X 17-35 f/4 PRO FX

Yes

Yes

 

17-35

4

 

28

82

 

SAMYANG LENSES

For the AT-X 116 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX try Calumet.

Designation

Canon Fit

Nikon Fit

Sony Alpha Fit

Focal Length (mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread

Price (UK)

Price (US)

21mm f/1.4 ED AS DMC CS

Yes

 

Yes

21

1.4

 

28

58

499

 

35mm f/1.4 AS UMC

Yes

Yes

Yes

35

1.4

 

30

77

369

 

50mm f/1.2 AS UMC CS

Yes

 

Yes

50

1.2

 

50

62

299

 

LENSES FOR CSC CAMERAS

FUJI XF LENSES

Designation

Focal Length (mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread

Price (UK)

Price (US)

XF 14mm f/2.8 R

14

2.8

 

18

58

 

XF16mm f/1.4 R WR

16

1.4

 

15

67

 

 

XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR

16-55

2.8

 

60

77

 

XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

55-200

3.5-4.8

Yes

110

62

 

XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR

90

2

 

60

62

 

XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

100-400

4.5-5.6

Yes

175

77

 

FUJI XC LENSES

Fujinon XC50-230 f/4.5-6.7 OIS II

50-230

4.5-6.7

Yes

 

58

299

OLYMPUS LENSES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-14mm f/2.8 ED Pro

7-14

2.8

Yes

20

n/a

12mm Micro f/2 ED

12

2

 

20

46

12-100mm M Zuiko f/4 IS ED Pro

12-100

4

Yes

15

72

17mm M Zuiko f/1.8 MSC

17

1.8

 

25

46

 

14-150mm Micro f/4-5.6 ED

14-150

4-5.6

 

50

58

45mm Micro f/1.8

45

1.8

 

50

37

75mm f/1.8 ED

75

1.8

 

84

58

75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 MkII

75-300

4.8-6.7

Yes

 

 

389

 

PANASONIC LENSES

Designation

Focal Length (mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread

Price (UK)

Price (US)

G 7-14mm f/4

7-14

4

 

25

n/a

G X 12-35mm f/2.8 X PZ POWER OIS

12-35

2.8

Yes

25

58

 

 

G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH

25

1.7

 

25

46

DG 25mm f/1.4 DG SUMMILUX

25

1.4

 

30

46

42.5mm f/1.2 Leica DG POWER OIS

42.5

1.2

Yes

50

67

G 100-300mm f/4-5.6 MEGA OIS

100-300

4-5.6

Yes

100

52

 

SAMYANG LENSES

Designation

Focal Length (mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread

Price (UK)

Price (US)

21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS

21

1.4

Yes

28

58

 

50mm f/1.2 AS UMC CS

50

1.2

Yes

50

62

 

SONY LENSES

Designation

Focal Length (mm)

Max. Aperture

Image Stabilisation

Min. Focus (mm)

Filter Thread

Price (UK)

Price (US)

FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar T

16-35

4

Yes

28

72

FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

24-70

2.8

 

38

82

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