Finding a good DSLR Camera lens can definitely be difficult, there are so many to choose from and so many different brands, it can be hard knowing what to use and where/when to use them. This article will go over the Best Lenses for DSLR Cameras, including everything from Prime Fixed Focal Length lenses to Telephoto Zoom lenses, and give you more insight into what are the best quality lenses around.
1NIKON 70-200mm / 2.8 AF-SG ED VR II
The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 is a Professional, fast aperture, telephoto zoom lens with Vibration Reduction, and Nano Crystal coat. Rated as one of the best Nikon Lenses and overall telephoto lenses of all time, this lens is a dream lens to most Photographers, having the ability to take photos in low light at fast shutter speeds, its perfect for low light sports photography and situations that dont provide enough natural light (which would massively affect most other telephoto lenses).
The Key Features of this lens are as follows:
- 70-200mm zoom range (DX equivalent: 105-300mm).
- Vibration Reduction II (VR II) stabilization system with Normal and Active modes. Lets you use shutter speeds that are up to 4 stops slower.
- Nano Crystal coat reduces ghost and flare.
- 7 ED glass elements to minimize chromatic aberration.
- SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for whisper quiet and fast autofocus
- Closest focusing distance: 1.4 m.
- Rubber mount seal.
- Instant manual focus override (M/A).
- Detachable hood and soft case included.
2NIKON AF-S Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4 G Lens
The NIKON AF-S Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4 G Lens is a fantastic 50mm Prime Lens, perfect for portraiture and getting those “creamy bokeh” background highlights we all love to produce as photographers. The price range is perfect for an intermediate photographer, with the Nikon 50 mm f/1.8 Lens probably suiting amateurs and people just getting into portrait photography.
Due to being f/1.4, it means you can shoot in incredibly low light situations, so for dark photo shoots and boudouir phorography, this lens would be a perfect addition to any photographers toolkit as it allows you to be more flexible with your photography without resorting to using an external flash setup which may look overexposed. This lens is a beauty in low light and well recommended as a Prime Fixed Focal Length DSLR lens.
3CANON EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
The CANON EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is the slightly more expensive competitor to the NIKON AF-S Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4 G Lens. In similar fashion to the Nikon, the Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM performs amazingly, and holds up well in low light conditions. If you own a Canon Body, even on an Entry Level DSLR, then this lens would make a great addition, especially if you are into portrait photography.
4CANON EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
The CANON EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens is considered one of the most well built, best performing lenses of all time, being one of Canon’s most notorious “red ring” USM lenses, the quality of this piece of glass is exceptional, with photographers all across the globe testifying to its high standards. Quoted from Pixmania:
“With a dustproof and moisture-resistant construction, this EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM lens not only boasts an f/2.8 aperture for picture-perfect results in low light conditions, it also offers a 4-step image stabiliser to put an end to blur. This IS system allows shutter speeds up to four stops slower than normal to be used without causing image blur – perfect for when using a tripod is not possible.”
5SIGMA 17-70 mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro OS HSM lens
The SIGMA 17-70 mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro OS HSM lens is a great zoom lens with many good reviews behind it. Sigma is a company that are making more and more high quality lenses, and the HSM range of lenses are durable and perform very well indeed. This lens is perfect for Macro Photography and Close Ups and would even make a decent Portrait lens. The f/2.8 means it can perform well in low light situations and this would make it a very good “walkaround” lens for your DSLR.
6TAMRON A007 SP 24-70 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
The TAMRON A007 SP 24-70 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens is a full frame standard zoom lens that has Vibration Compensation and Ultrasonic Silent Direct for fast and quiet autofocus. It won the EISA Award in 2012-2013 for Best Product, and despite being a little bit on the pricey side, it’s a lens worth buying. If you’re a professional photographer you could do a lot worse than to have the TAMRON A007 SP 24-70 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens in your kitbag. The 24-70mm zoom range allows you to be creative in a multitude of situations, including Portrait Photography and as a general walkaround lens.
There we have it, a collection of some of the Best Lenses available for DSLR Cameras. If you are looking for information on what Entry Level Camera to puchase then please click the article below to visit our post on The Best DSLR’s for Beginners