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Top Third Party Canon EF/EF-S Fit Lenses

We round up all of the Canon third-party lenses available in Canon EF/EF-S fit we've reviewed to date (2021) so you can easily find the best lens for you. There are 46 in total so you're not limited on choice!

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If you're a Canon shooter looking for a reasonably priced EF/EF-S lens that doesn't compromise on image quality then you've come to the right place. In our list, you'll find the top-scoring third-party Canon EF/EF-S lenses that ePHOTOzine has reviewed to date.


What's A Third Party Lens?

Third-party lenses are simply ones that aren't made by the same company that made your camera but when purchased in the correct mount, will fit your camera of choice. Plus, as well as being reasonably priced and offering excellent levels of performance, third-party lenses also fill gaps in the market so you're more likely to find a not-so-common focal length in a third-party lens. 

Below you'll find lenses by well-known brands such as Tamron, ZEISS, Irix and Samyang and they can be used to shoot a variety of subjects including macro, portraits, wildlife and landscapes.

We've also put together a top list of Canon-branded lenses you should take a look at so you get a complete picture of what's available before parting with any hard-earned cash. Please note that our top lists use affiliate links ePHOTOzine earns revenue from but it doesn't cost you anything to make purchases through them.


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Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD 

Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD

The Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD is another great lens from Tamron. It handles beautifully and delivers the goods in terms of quality. The 150mm length is long enough to be useful, but not so long that it increases the bulk of the lens too much. There's a lot to like about the design engineers' decisions and they have provided a lens that is a clear photographer's lens and also a clear Editor's Choice.

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Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD

Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD

Some lenses are impossible to dislike, and this is certainly one of them. It is compact and light compared to the f/2.8 lenses, performance is excellent and gives beautifully crisp images, handling is superb and the price very attractive. The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD is a lens for any Canon or Nikon user to put very high on their list and an Editor's Choice.

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Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport 

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport

There are quite a few 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses, none of them exactly cheap. For those who want a lower cost or a lighter lens, there are the f/4 versions, but many photographers will seek the reduced depth of field that a fast, bright f/2.8 aperture has to offer.

In terms of quality, we rarely see a zoom lens that offers such an evenly fantastic performance as this new Sigma, and at a basically very reasonable price. Without a doubt, the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S is a lens of choice, and therefore, without doubt, is awarded an Editor's Choice.

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Samyang MF 85mm f/1.4 MK2 

Samyang MF 85mm f/1.4 MK2

There is much to like about any 85mm f/1.4 lens and the new Samyang ticks almost all of the boxes. The only caveat is for those who might prefer an AF lens, and then Samyang have an offering for just a couple of hundred pounds more should it be preferred.

However, the new Samyang MF 85mm f/1.4 MK2 lens also delivers a splendid overall performance and it is basically just a lovely lens. On the basis of its performance, its ease of use and its very modest price tag it has to be an Editor's Choice.

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Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF 

Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF

All the things that made the Pentax version of this design an Editor's Choice apply just as well to the Tokina Opera version, bringing some fine qualities into the domain of Canon and Nikon users. There is no doubt that the competition amongst these types of high-quality lenses is fierce, but Tokina is delivering close to the best quality available at a very competitive price. Another Editor's Choice.

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Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 

Samyang 85mm F1,2 Rear Oblique View

The top, 5-star rated Canon EF/EF-S fit lens we've reviewed to date! The Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 offers superb performance and substantially less cost than most of the f/1.4 alternatives. Provided you are happy with manual focusing, this is a very attractive lens at a very attractive price. Sharpness is excellent throughout, CA is very low and photos are flare-free. Build quality is good, bokeh is smooth and the lens handles incredibly well. Overall, the Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 is a gorgeous lens to use, with superb results and a keen price for Canon users.

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Sigma AF 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art 

Sigma AF 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens


There is a lot to love about a fine 28mm lens that has such a fast, bright maximum aperture, for all sorts of shooting applications. The Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens handles well, focuses precisely and produces superb results. The price seems to fairly reflect the quality that is on offer, and what is on offer is a very desirable lens that could well become a favourite for many wide-angle photographers.

An Editor's Choice award for another fine example of the lens makers' art.

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Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (A025) 

Tamron 70 200mm G2 On Canon 5dsr

The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens is an upgraded optic with moisture and dust resistance, faster AF and improved 5 stop VC (Vibration Compensation). The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens is on the same level playing field as lenses costing up to twice as much, punching far above its weight. It may not have the same silky smoothness in operation as its more expensive competition, but it delivers the goods, making no compromise on image quality. To summarise, the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 G2 is a magnificent lens at a really attractive price. Tamron has a definite winner on their hands.

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Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (F017) 

SP 90mm f/2.8 MACRO 1:1 Di VC USD F017

Tamron's 90mm Macro lenses have always enjoyed an enviable reputation, both in their original manual focus guise and later with auto-focus added to the specification, and this 90mm offering is no different. 

This 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD builds on the reputation of its predecessors and definitely comes up to the mark, taking performance to a new peak and is very comfortable to use. This is a lens that is a pleasure to use, from the crisp view through the viewfinder to the satisfaction of the quality of images opened on the monitor screen - you won't be disappointed.

Tamron has continued the legacy reputation of their 90mm Macro in an accomplished way by giving users an outstanding lens that is ideal for all short telephoto applications. 

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Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD 

Tamron Sp 85mm F1,8 Side View

Another Tamron lens but this time, it's the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD prime lens. Performance is impeccable, the lens handles superbly and the price well within reason. There is little not to like about this Tamron lens and unless the photographer has a definite need for an f/1.4 then the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD delivers superb quality at a more reasonable price level. What a lovely lens this is.

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Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 MK2 

Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 MK2

The Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 MK2 can be tough to focus using an optical viewfinder but is saved by extensive depth of field, and excellent and accurate focus if using Live View. The lens is weather-sealed, which is almost a requirement these days, and gives an impressive optical performance in terms of sharpness in particular.

The end results are fantastic and using the hyperfocal distance technique there is almost no need to focus, which goes some way to offset any difficulty finding the focus point. It's a great lens overall, but some may find the handling a bit on the slow side. In summary, the Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 MK2 offers fantastic value, impressive performance and is Highly Recommended.

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Irix 45mm f/1.4 Dragonfly 

Irix 45mm f/1.4 Dragonfly


When we moved from compact 35mm cameras to SLRs the standard focal length tended to increase from 45mm to 50mm, 55mm or even 58mm. The longer the focal length, the easier the lens designer's problems were, as they have to use retro focus designs that gave room for the flipping mirror. Now lens design has moved on considerably, aided by computers but also by the availability of more exotic glass.

It is a personal choice of course, but I ask would we use a 45mm lens as opposed to a 50mm one? Some may feel it is too close to 50mm, some may feel that the extra field of view is advantageous, and for each individual photographer that answer could be very different. There is a subtle difference between 45mm and 50mm and if anyone did feel that their 50mm lens was just a tad constricting, then the Irix 45mm could well be the answer. It is a lovely lens to use and gives lovely results, in fact, to be fair it gives startlingly lovely results.

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ZEISS Otus Apo-Sonnar 100mm f/1.4 T* 

Zeiss Otus Apo-Sonnar 100mm f/1.4 T*


It is actually quite surprising how few fast 100mm lenses there are, especially considering the popularity of the 100mm macro lenses. For those who find 85mm too short and yet 135mm too long and unwieldy, the 100mm lens has always been an excellent focal length. There have been many 100mm lenses in the past, mostly f/2.8 designs that were light and compact.

The Zeiss 100mm f/1.4 T* lens is definitely not light or compact, but it is uncompromisingly excellent in performance. It is also most definitely not a cheap option, but then again if we want traditional metal and glass construction of the highest order, then that is what it costs.

This is also the sort of lens design that raises standards, as the difference between a shot that hits the spot and one that nearly does becomes very obvious. Zeiss claims the lens offers a “medium format look” and it does have a certain quality, a certain look that lifts it beyond the norm. It will not suit every photographer, but those whose way of working it does suit will love it.

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Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Distagon T* 

Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Distagon T* Lens


Next we have the Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Distagon T* wide-angle lens for full-frame Digital SLR cameras. The Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 is a gorgeous lens with ease of use and superb performance. It could quite easily be a superb travel companion as well as one you pop in your camera bag when heading out to photograph landscapes. The Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 is small, light, handles well and may even be more universally useful than the wider 15mm lens also on offer from ZEISS. 

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Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art 

Sigma 135mm F1,8 Art On Canon 5d Sr

The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art is a really sharp lens, with excellent handling and beautiful bokeh, which makes a powerful mix. In use, there's no CA, flare and low distortion. Close-focusing is excellent and the lens is really well made. Couple this with a truly splendid performance and Sigma is onto a winner, without a doubt.

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Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD  

Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens

There are a few things missing, such as Vibration Reduction and full-time manual focus, but the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD is a very impressive lens in terms of performance. When we see that the price is also very reasonable it becomes an attractive proposition indeed. If the features and specification suit, then the lens can definitely be Highly Recommended.

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Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1

Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Dragonfly

There is no doubt that there will be many photographers who will be delighted by the arrival of the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens. The greater reach of 150mm will be welcomed, and indeed is highly sought after already as photographers search for legendary long macro lenses from the days of film.

Manual focus can often be the method of choice for macro work, depending upon the techniques needed, but at least can be regarded as a little impediment. This is an excellent addition to the options available, especially perhaps for Pentax users who have had no option at all before this.

A specialised lens to some degree, but one that can be Highly Recommended.

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A 

Sigma 24 35mm F2 DG Art Lens (5)

The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art lens could potentially replace three wide-angle primes in someone's kit bag. It delivers excellent sharpness, with low CA and distortion at a reasonable price point - what's not to like? Sigma has produced a lens that actually has a much wider appeal, thanks to its unique f/2 maximum aperture, excellent build quality and the value for money it delivers - highly recommended. 

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Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 

Tamron 24 70mm G2 On Canon 5dsr At 24mm

From the range of SP (Super Performance) full-frame lenses from Tamron, the 24-70mm f/2.8 G2 is a wide to short telephoto standard zoom with a bright (fast) constant aperture. 

The 24-70mmTamron lens performs very well indeed and has a very well balanced set of properties. It is well priced against similar lenses and definitely worth looking at. Images are sharp, well detailed and show smooth bokeh. Resistance to flare is excellent.

In summary, it's a very fine general-purpose zoom lens that's highly recommended.

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Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2.0 Apo Sonnar T* 

The Zeiss Milvus Apo Sonnar 135mm f/2 lens


The Zeiss Milvus Apo Sonnar 135mm f/2 lens is, without doubt, a beauty. The performance in every respect is magnificent and the handling one of those real pleasures in photography.

The only downsides are the price, which is really quite high, and the lack of AF or vibration reduction. But if we want a lens of this high calibre and we can afford to pay the price, then there's no alternative than to consider it both highly recommended and highly desirable.

The Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2.0 is a magnificent lens that is a pleasure to use.

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Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD 

Tamron 100 400mm Top View At 400mm

The Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is very easy and satisfying to use and the price is certainly attractive. The optical performance is actually excellent overall, the sharpness only falling off at very small apertures. Of course, one of the unavoidable facts of optics is that at longer focal lengths those small apertures soon becomes very small indeed and very susceptible to diffraction effects. Bearing in mind, though, that high shutter speeds will likely be needed for wildlife and sports it is hardly a major issue. Processed through Photoshop, with a bit of judicious sharpening where needed, the end results are crisp and very impressive.

Overall, the Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is an excellent long telephoto zoom lens at an excellent price.

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Samyang Premium MF 14mm f/2.4 

Samyang 14mm F2,4 Top View

The Samyang 14mm f/2.4 lens proves itself to be a high-class performer and also a very exciting lens to use. Manual focusing lends itself to use on a tripod with critical focusing, and when this is done the sharpness of the results can be stunning.

The alternative technique of setting a reasonably small aperture, say f/8, and using depth of field to ensure sharpness throughout, can be very liberating and also yields excellent results. Whatever the technique chosen, this is a versatile lens delivering high-class results.

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Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro 

85mm f/2.8 Macro

The Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro lens is a well made, well-priced lens that will do the job efficiently and to an excellent standard. In the arena of macro shooting, this lens comes into its own, being what it is clearly designed for. All the accuracy of the focusing is concentrated in the macro range and the image snaps clearly into focus in the viewfinder or on the monitor screen. The loss of AF could be an inconvenience for some but as MF is the method of choice for macro shooting anyway, most won't have an issue. 

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Irix 15mm f/2.4 

Irix 15mm F2,4 Blackstone Rear Oblique View

The Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens is a powerful photographic tool. This lens from Irix lifts the performance for such lenses way beyond the first early 1970s offerings and gives us a lens that is free from flare, and very sharp. This Swiss design is an excellent one, built-in Korea to very high standards. The Irix 15mm f/2.4 is a beautifully engineered lens that produces beautiful images.

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Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art 

Sigma 50 100mm F1,8 Art Top View

The Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC Art lens is a fine example of the lens maker's art. The zoom range is limited, it's heavy and it could perhaps focus a little closer, but apart from that, it would be difficult to find fault with any aspect of its performance.

The sharpness reaches outstanding levels across the range of focal lengths, distortion is low, CA well controlled and the overall appearance of the images is very appealing. The clincher is, of course, that f/1.8 aperture, which opens up a realm of possibilities in low light and for control of depth of field. A lovely lens that's a pleasure to use.

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Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art  - 

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art

Sigma has provided a well made, solid macro lens that delivers very impressive image quality. It operates flawlessly, albeit it with slightly slower than average AF, but proves an excellent overall match for the Canon EOS 5DS R.

The 70mm focal length is a good compromise for the full-frame bodies. For APS-C cameras the "35mm format equivalent" would be 112mm for Canon. This means that a 50mm macro might be a better choice for APS-C if the user wanted a similar field of view to the one this lens offers in full-frame.

However, in summary, the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art lens offers all the right things in terms of handling and quality and is well worth considering as an alternative to the more common focal lengths.

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Sigma AF 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary 

Sigma 100 400mm On Canon 5dsr At 100mm

Very long lenses have always been more expensive, with the affordable telephotos ending around 300mm. That extra 400mm is very valuable for wildlife and sports and we have here from Sigma such a lens, but one that is much more reasonably priced.

The features cost is in lens speed, so cameras with good high ISO performance are the order of the day. Other advantages are a more compact and lighter optic, still quite large but nowhere near the bulk of some of the alternatives.

Performance is sound, giving excellent sharpness and lovely bokeh at an excellent price.

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Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* 

Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T*


15mm lenses are beautiful to use and offer unique results. There are several excellent choices on the market, and Zeiss enthusiasts will welcome this moisture and dust resistant lens straight into their kit bags.  The Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 is a beautifully built ultra-wide lens with exemplary performance.

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Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art 

Sigma 85mm F1,4 Art Top View With Hood

The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is a high class, highly competent design that performs confidently and efficiently. It is of the modern breed of 85mm lenses, sharp from open aperture, as opposed to older designs that were intended to be softer wide open for the purposes of flattering portraits. This lens is sharp throughout, although not cruelly over-sharp, so subjects should be pleased enough.

It is also delightful to use, the only omissions being vibration reduction and weather sealing, but the performance itself is not in question.

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Meike 85mm f/1.8 

Meike 85mm f/1.8

The lens is no trouble to use, it does the job, maybe not with the smooth finesse of more expensive optics, but in a workmanlike and efficient way. At the price, who could complain. For anyone wanting an inexpensive 85mm f/1.8 lens, this must be one of the strongest contenders.

Handling being fine, the real bonus is that the optical performance is excellent. Even the edge softness wide open can be seen as an advantage for dreamy portraits, although some may see it as a drawback. Creatively, the lens has lots of potential.

In summary, a fine lens that's very easy to like, at a price where there's little to lose.

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Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD 

Tamron 10 24mm DiII Vc Hld Top View

The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens is an excellent lens that can be highly recommended. It is designed with the centre of the field very much in mind, so depending on use, it should be possible to enjoy the outstanding sharpness when the main subject is fairly centrally placed. However, it is still possible to have excellent edge sharpness if the aperture used is chosen with that in mind.

It is an attractive optic, not only for its sharpness and other optical qualities but also for its smart new design ethos, matching nicely with other new Tamron lenses. Add the moisture resistance and a price competitive with its peers and we have a very useful general-purpose wide-angle zoom capable of very satisfactory results.

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Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD 

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD


The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens offers premium features, such as weather sealing, silent autofocus and Vibration Compensation, which will make it an interesting alternative to other similar lenses. It is certainly capable of delivering excellent quality images, with high sharpness in the centre of the frame and travellers, in particular, will find the Vibration Compensation and weather sealing invaluable to them.

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Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD 

Tamron F1.8 VC 45mm USD Lens for Canon


Tamron has created an excellent lens which is certainly more than capable of delivering excellent results in a wide range of conditions. It sports premium features such as weather sealing, exotic optical coatings and Vibration Compensation in a reasonably lightweight body. Travellers, in particular, will appreciate the relative lightweight for its size, Vibration Compensation, weather sealing and robust build.

The Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD delivers excellent results with premium features including weather sealing and Vibration Compensation.

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Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 EF 

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 EF


Samyang has consistently produced some excellent lenses for many years and now join the mainstream of AF lenses with equally powerful offerings.

The AF 14mm f/2.8 EF takes us a step further. Hitherto, all the AF lenses have concentrated on the Sony A series, but now we see the first autofocus DSLR lens, for Canon. It performs well, produced superb images and is a real alternative at a very attractive price.

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Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 

Zeiss Milvus 35mm F1,4 On Canon 5dsr

The Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 lens is a bright, high-quality optic with smooth bokeh and a very well balanced set of properties. It handles beautifully and is a pleasure to use. It exudes a feeling of quality. It is very likely that it will last for many years before needing any attention. The manual focus is utterly smooth and the point of focus is very easy to achieve. High quality, ease of handling and a classic focal length make the Milvus a superb lens.

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Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 

Zeiss Milvus 25mm F1,4 Front Oblique View

As always, there will be a price to pay for excellence. None of the 24/25mm f/1.4 bright lenses are cheap, but they do represent the cost of high-quality optics. The Milvus represents a variation, sacrificing the AF and pulling no punches in weight or bulk, just delivering solid engineering and optical quality.

Manual focus does become more difficult the wider we go and this may well not be for everybody, but there are others who will revel in the sheer tactile joy of handling a precision, traditional style lens. 

High quality, smooth handling and a fast, bright f/1.4 aperture make the Milvus 25mm f/1.4 an attractive proposition.

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Laowa 105mm f/2 T3.2 Smooth Trans Focus 

Laowa 105mm f/2 T3.2 Smooth Trans Focus Lens

Laowa certainly knows how to make exciting and different lenses. It's always good to see lenses that go beyond the pure technicalities, offering some unique “feel” or “character” to images. The Apodization filter is very clever, it works and the bokeh offered is indeed superb, whilst the sharpness of the main subject is not compromised in the slightest.

Despite some handling inconvenience, the lens is fun to use and a challenge to become proficient with. It may not be for everyone, but for those willing to get to grips with it the reward will be in that sublime, creamy smooth bokeh.

The Laowa 105mm f/2 T3.2 STF lens is an unusual and high-quality optic - highly recommended. 

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Venus Laowa 12mm f/2.8 

Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D Canon EF


A unique lens, well made, with extraordinary performance. There are those who will struggle with the manual focus, but there are solutions to this with various techniques. There's no doubt that the lens performs exactly as claimed and should give excellent service for a very long time. It has to be Highly Recommended.

The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 is a unique ultra-wide lens that delivers its promise of high quality and minimal distortion.

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Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly 

Irix 11mm F4 Firefly On Canon 5dsr

What an exciting lens the Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly is. It opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities in a well-made, well-designed package that delivers the image quality. It will not be for everybody, perhaps because of the ultra-wide style of the images, or maybe because of difficulties using the manual focus system, but if the lens appeals to the individual photographer's creativity then it will be a rewarding experience.

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Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 

Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4


The Milvus 85mm f/1.4 is, without doubt, a superb lens. It is fairly bulky, quite heavy, but well balanced. It is a gorgeous example of fine engineering. But above all the fast 85mm is a very exciting lens to use, offering a very pleasant perspective on the world, whether for portraits, landscapes, street photography, close-range sports or any other short telephoto applications. The wide aperture offers the ability to continue shooting as the light fails. The price may be high and there's no AF, but the other qualities shine out and certainly justify giving it very serious consideration.

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Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 

Zeiss Milvus 2.8/21 ZE


The Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 lens is a very fine example of quality lens manufacturing. Its main drawback may be the lack of AF, but if that can be accepted then its optical quality is impeccable and it would be difficult to find a more pleasing lens to use. Yes, the price is high, but I would expect it to be a very long-term investment and spread over many years hard use that price may well be acceptable.

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Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2 - 

Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2

There is very little difference in brightness between an f/1.4 and f/1.2 lens. The wider aperture also means more difficulty in focusing, but only because the point of focus is so fine. In reality, if used carefully with magnifying aids then it is highly accurate. The lens is also very bulky and very heavy, certainly quite huge compared to a conventional 50mm f/1.4.

However, the price is reasonable and the standard is very high, so there are clear benefits for those for whom the difference is significant. In any event, the performance is exemplary with the Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2 lens. 

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Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC 

Samyang 20mm F1,8 Front Oblique View

20mm lenses are very attractive for the wide-angle photographer, wide enough to be interesting, but not so wide as to be very difficult to handle. We have here a lens that is well made, has a very high standard of performance, and a reasonable price tag. Without a doubt, the Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMS adds up to be a very good deal.

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

Tamron 150 600mm On Canon 6d

This Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens proves to be an excellent performer and that performance is well maintained at all focal lengths. It is heavy but relatively compact, so carrying over several hours is not too onerous, providing a suitable sling or strap is employed. The VC system works well, the controls operate smoothly, nothing is placed so that it might be accidentally switched on or off. All in all, the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 is a very soundly designed optic that offers excellent results.

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Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF - 

Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF

The Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF is a great lens to use, not perfect in that there are some AF issues close up and also quite a bit of edge CA, but overall a good solid performing lens at a very attractive price.

In the end, it's the results that count and the ease of use of the Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 lens lends itself to producing some excellent photography. Without a doubt, it can be recommended. Plus, Samyang has said the AF close-focus issues will be resolved in a firmware update that will be applied to all production lenses before they ship in early July. 

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Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art 

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens


This is a very attractive proposition for full-frame users. A reasonable cost, a sound general performance, gorgeous bokeh and the potential for portrait shooting, low distortion, in fact, a variety of positive aspects that make for a quality end result. It's a pity the weather resistance isn't a bit stronger and the weaker performance at 70mm will not suit everyone, but even this may well delight others as the portrait and perhaps flower study potential is very real. Overall, the Sigma 24-70mm lens comes recommended.

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6 31 1 United States
15 Apr 2018 5:22PM
Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX
Worth taking a look at.

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