Your DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex ) camera likely came with an 18-55mm or 18-135mm zoom lens. Supplementing or upgrading that lens to a higher quality zoom or a fixed-focal-length lens that captures more light can really improve the quality of shots that your camera is capable of. There are a few different approaches you can take when choosing a lens for your DSLR, and some limitations to consider.
Some are general purpose zooms—you can choose to supplement your kit lens with one that has a longer focal length for telephoto shots, or to replace it with a lens of higher quality that covers about the same range.
If you are new to the world of interchangeable lens cameras, it is important to know that lenses are generally not cross-compatible between systems. You cannot use a Canon lens on a Nikon camera, for example. There are third-party manufacturers such as Sigma and Zeiss, but you still cannot take your Tamron lens for a Canon camera to a Pentax body if you decide to change systems.
If you are perusing this list in anticipation of choosing an DSLR lens, you are right on course.
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM
Offers a fast, bright and constant f/1.8 maximum aperture
The good: Sharp; Wide aperture; Reasonable price tag; Available for several camera systems.
The bad: Big; No optical stabilisation; Some wide-angle barrel distortion.
The bottom line: The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM delivers on its promise; it boasts the speed and sharpness of a prime lens, along with the convenience of a zoom.
- Rating: 9.5/10
- Price: N 255,000
- Website: www.sigmaphoto.com
Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
Comes with Vibration Compensation (VC) technology and a moisture-proof construction
The good: Quite sharp; Minimal distortion; Wide aperture; Optically stabilised design; Very close focus capability; Weather-sealed; Available for Canon, Nikon, and Sony SLRs.
The bad: Edge performance lags behind centre at wide apertures; Heavy for its size.
The bottom line: The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD wide-angle prime lens sets itself apart from the crowd with its macro capability and image stabilisation system.
- Rating : 9/10
- Price: N190,000
- Website: tamron-usa.com
Zeiss Otus 1.4/85
Sublime performance in any photographic situation
The good: Absurdly sharp; Apochromatic design; Nominal distortion; All-metal build.
The bad: Big, heavy, and expensive; Manual focus only.
The bottom line: The Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 is a lens with perfect optics that is capable of magical results at f/1.4.
- Rating: 8.5/10
- Website: www.zeiss.com
Lensbaby Composer Pro II
Experience a new class of creative effects
The good: Ball-and-socket tilt mechanism; Lockable design; Expands creative options. Compatible with Optic Swap system; Available for multiple camera systems.
The bad: Currently only available with Edge 50.
Bottom line: Lensbaby’s Composer Pro II lens features a better build than the original and is bundled with the new Edge 50 optic.
- Price: From N140,000
- Website: http://lensbaby.com/
Additional Source: PCMag