A lens can tell a lot. For example, about what genres most photographers prefer, what focal length is most convenient for most and, of course, the quality of the device itself. So the popularity of the lens is a direct proof that it has stood the test of time and positive user reviews. Today we take a look at the most popular lenses.
Canon EF‑S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM
This lens differs in the first place, a very versatile focal length. Standard 18–55mm allow you to shoot almost any frame, which is why the lens is often included in the “whale” composition. Although its focal length is slightly different from the standard recommended ones, its functionality still provides an opportunity to cover the most diverse range of shooting. Unlike previous similar models, the Canon EF‑S 18–55 includes an optical stabilization function.
At 18mm on a full-frame sensor, this lens will give the same angle of view as at 28.8mm, so it can be used as a wide-angle, if not the most efficient.
55mm on a full frame sensor becomes the equivalent of 88mm. And for portraits, this is quite good for itself, except that if you shoot them from afar, distortion will appear.
In general, the autofocus stepper motor, continuous focusing during video, and the static front element speak in favor of the lens. So both in terms of design and characteristics, it is very attractive. The 7 rounded aperture blades replace the 6 of the previous model, and the optical design now features 13 lenses in 11 groups. The cost is also higher than that of its predecessors, but this does not stop fans of this lens.
Nikon 70–300mm f/4–5.6G AF Zoom-Nikkor
Nikon’s long-focus lens has gained popularity for a reason. For users of such cameras, this is a very budget option for a lens, which at the same time opens up wide possibilities. In addition, the compactness of the lens plays into his hands. On DX series cameras, the equivalent focal length will be 105–450mm. However, some functions will not work, so it is better to choose a fully suitable lens for such cameras.
For the novice photographer, this lens can be the first telephoto lens that is easy to learn to capture events, sports and wildlife.
The diaphragm consists of 9 straight petals, and the lens design itself is 13 elements in 9 groups. The kit also includes a Nikon HB-26 lens hood.
In general, this lens is far from ideal, it should be noted right away that it is not suitable for professional shooting. However, for amateur photography and honing your shooting skills with a long lens, its performance and price are fully in line with the requirements. Nikon 70–300mm f/4–5.6G AF Zoom-Nikkor combines price, build quality and performance.
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Sony E 55–210mm f/4.5–6.3
Another compact telephoto lens with 3.8x zoom for Sony cameras. Plus, the camera has a built-in control stabilizer and is easy to control. The lens is suitable for both photo and video shooting.
The lens diaphragm has a rounded shape and consists of 7 petals, and the optical design consists of 13 elements in 9 groups. The kit also includes a hood for certain shooting genres.
The Sony E 55–210mm f/4.5–6.3 is distinguished from other telephoto lenses by its low cost and relatively small size. With Sony’s smaller cameras, it’s a great option for location and wildlife photography. In addition, the focal length will allow you to take portrait shots. Users have commented on the sharpness of the lens and the build quality, which is not surprising, since Sony is always attentive to such indicators.
This lens is best suited for shooting on a clear sunny day, since it cannot boast of the aperture ratio of professional devices. This is not surprising, because it is designed for beginners and amateurs, and in this regard it is not easy to find equals to it.
A separate plus is the concise and stylish design of the lens, which not only harmonizes perfectly with modern cameras, but also looks very neat.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Portrait lenses have gained popularity for a reason. Firstly, portrait photography is the most common genre, and secondly, even without focusing on portrait photography, you can get quite a lot from them. Canon’s pancake lens is a fast, high-quality glass with a compact size and excellent performance. So with it you can shoot clear and bright photos, regardless of the lighting. The fact that this is a prime lens explains the sharpness of the shots taken with it.
Its versatile focal length, along with its small size, make the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM ideal for outdoor shooting and use without a tripod.
Since Canon is a lens manufacturer, it also provides owners with Irista cloud storage for sharing and storing files. So the value of this lens is not only in its characteristics, but also in the practical side. No wonder it has become one of the most popular.
Nikon 18–140mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR AF‑S DX Nikkor
Sharpness and long focal length are the main advantages of this lens. This is a multi-functional zoom lens that provides versatility to the camera and is suitable for Nikon DX-format SLR cameras. With it, you can shoot both portraits and macro and landscapes. There are practically no restrictions on its capabilities.
The design includes ED and super ED elements. And for ease of use, the lens is equipped with vibration reduction, a silent ultrasonic motor for focusing, switching between automatic and manual modes, and a special lens coating.
The lens delivers crisp, sharp footage and excellent performance. The price of the lens is also very attractive, and it can be an excellent option not only for amateur photography, but also for professional shooting.