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Lens Buyer's Guide: Making Choices By Brand

To help you find your ideal lens, here's our guide to lenses which is organised by brand.

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If you've arrived on this page, you're either using our Lens Buyer's Guide or are looking for a new lens and have stumbled across this article as a result. 

Below you'll find the different photographic brands that create lenses along with buttons that will take you to top lists where you can find our lens recommendations. 

To speed things up, use the bullet points below to take you to a specific camera and/or lens manufacturer to find out more information about the lenses available to you. If you'd prefer to search by photographic subject, have a read of this: Lens Buyer's Guide: Choosing A Lens By Use

 

Canon

Canon EF 400mm DO IS II USM Lens (1)

Canon EF lenses can be used on full-frame (FF) and APS-C cameras. When used on an APS-C or crop Canon DSLRs the effective focal length will be adjusted by the crop factor. The standard Canon EOS DSLR with an APS-C sensor has a 1.6x crop, this makes a 50mm lens equivalent to 80mm (in 35mm equivalent terms). The simple way to work it out is to multiply the focal length of the lens (in this case 50mm) by the crop factor, so 50mm x 1.6 = 80mm.

Canon EF-S lenses are designed to be used on APS-C cameras, and can't be used on FF Canon DSLRs.

Canon Brand Lenses 

 


Nikon 

 

Nikkor 70 200mm F2,8 Fl Ed Vr On Nikon D810

Nikon FX lenses can be used on full-frame (FF) and APS-C cameras. When used on an APS-C or crop Nikon DSLRs the effective focal length will be adjusted by the crop factor. The standard Nikon DSLR with an APS-C sensor has a 1.5x crop, this makes a 50mm lens equivalent to 75mm (in 35mm equivalent terms). The simple way to work it out is to multiply the focal length of the lens (in this case 50mm) by the crop factor, so 50mm x 1.5 = 75mm.

Nikon DX lenses are designed to be used on APS-C cameras, and can't be used on FX Nikon DSLRs. We've also included a roundup of third-party lenses that fit Nikon cameras, widening the amount of lenses available to you. 

Nikon Brand Lenses  Nikon Portrait Lenses  Nikon Fit Third Party Lenses

 


Olympus / Panasonic

Panasonic Lumix GX7 Leica DG Nocticron 42 5mm F1 2 Asph (3)

Micro Four Thirds cameras have a 2x crop factor so that every lens becomes equivalent to twice the focal length, a 25mm lens becomes equivalent to 50mm. Different Micro Four Thirds brands are all interchangeable with each other, so for example, if you own a Panasonic camera, you can also use Olympus and third-party MFT lenses. Take a look at the best lenses on offer for MFT owners in the articles below:

Micro Four Thirds | Olympus | Panasonic | Best Travel Zoom Lenses


Sony 

Sony 90mm Macro On Sony A7r II

Sony FE lenses can be used on full-frame (FF) and APS-C cameras. When used on an APS-C or crop Sony cameras the effective focal length will be adjusted by the crop factor. The standard Sony with an APS-C sensor has a 1.5x crop, this makes a 50mm lens equivalent to 75mm (in 35mm equivalent terms). The simple way to work it out is to multiply the focal length of the lens (in this case 50mm) by the crop factor, so 50mm x 1.5 = 75mm.

Sony E-mount lenses are designed to be used on APS-C cameras, and can also be used on full-frame Sony cameras, but the camera will either take a photo with a black vignette or use the crop mode, for a lower resolution image.

A variety of manufacturers also make Sony A-mount lenses, and we've listed the best in our Top A-mount lens roundup, which can be found below.

Sony E / FE Mount Lenses   Sony A-Mount Lenses


Pentax

 

Pentax 200mm Da Star Smc

Pentax DSLRs support all K mount lenses. The majority of Pentax DSLRs feature an APS-C crop sensor, although there is also the Pentax K-1, a full-frame DSLR.

The standard Pentax DSLR with an APS-C sensor has a 1.5x crop, this makes a 50mm lens equivalent to 75mm (in 35mm equivalent terms). The simple way to work it out is to multiply the focal length of the lens (in this case 50mm) by the crop factor, so 50mm x 1.5 = 75mm.

To find out which lens is compatible with the full-frame Pentax K-1 have a look at our list of Full-Frame Pentax lenses. You can use APS-C / crop lenses on the K-1 and the camera will take cropped photos, at a reduced resolution. 

 

Pentax K-Mount Lenses  Full-Frame Pentax Lenses for the K-1


Fujifilm

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50 140mm Lens (8)

All X-mount lenses have been designed for the APS-C sensor size. X series cameras have a 1.5x crop, this makes a 50mm lens equivalent to 75mm (in 35mm equivalent terms). The simple way to work it out is to multiply the focal length of the lens (in this case 50mm) by the crop factor, so 50mm x 1.5 = 75mm.

Fujifilm X-Mount Lenses 


Samsung

Samsung NX Lens 45mm f/1.8

All NX-mount lenses* have been designed for the APS-C sensor size. NX series cameras have a 1.5x crop, this makes a 50mm lens equivalent to 75mm (in 35mm equivalent terms). The simple way to work it out is to multiply the focal length of the lens (in this case 50mm) by the crop factor, so 50mm x 1.5 = 75mm.

Samsung NX Mount Lenses

*Excluding the NX-mini.

Note: Samsung NX cameras and lenses have now been discontinued. This may mean there are limited stocks of lenses available.


Tamron

Tamron 70 200mm G2 On Canon 5dsr
Tamron is one of the largest third-party lens companies on the market and they make lenses for a wide variety of cameras, but the majority are available for Canon and Nikon mount, with limited lenses available in Pentax and MFT mount. They're renowned for their excellent value for money and great performance especially in macro and ultra-zoom lenses. Below you'll find a link to our top Tamron lenses roundup but please make sure you check that the lenses are available in your mount before purchasing! This should be stated below each lens.

Top Tamron Lenses


Sigma

Sigma 30mm F1,4 Dc Dn Contemporary On Sony 7r Ii
Sigma is another large player in the third party lens market, catering for Sony, Nikon and Canon users as well as producing Sigma mount lenses. Their lenses have been split into 3 main categories - Art, Contemporary and Sport. Sigma is known for their great quality images as well as superb build quality. Below you'll find our Sigma lenses roundup - please make sure the lens is available in your mount before purchasing!

Top Sigma Lenses

 


Samyang

Samyang 85mm F1,2 On Canon 5d Mark IV
Samyang has made a name for themselves in optics primarily designed for video applications but has also ventured into the still photography market creating some excellent 'Premium' lenses featuring wide apertures ideal for bokeh applications. Below you'll find our roundup of the highest scoring Samyang lenses available to you. Please make sure the lens is available in your mount before purchasing - Samyang cater for all the major players. 

Top Samyang Lenses

 


Tokina

Tokina 16 28mm T3 Cinema Lens EF (4)

Tokina is another Japanese lens maker that make some excellent lenses primarily aimed at those who wish to shoot video with their DSLR. If that's your thing, you can pick up some great optics for your DSLR. Tokina primarily caters for Nikon and Canon users. 

Top Tokina Lenses

 


Zeiss

Zeiss Milvus 15mm F2,8 With Hood On Nikon D810

Zeiss isn't the cheapest lens manufacturer around, but they are renowned for their meticulous quality. If you want a luxury optic that will guarantee you fantastic build quality then Zeiss are the way to go. Zeiss lenses are available for Canon, Nikon and MFT mount primarily. The lenses offer excellent ergonomics and are beautiful things to behold.

Top Zeiss Lenses

 

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