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Canon lenses A-Z The ever growing
database contains almost any lenses
available for Canon EF mount.

Canon Dslr Lens reviews

lens reviews
Canon lenses on Amazon

Canon Aps-C lens reviews

Best value Canon lenses Here we can read about some
very good value Canon lenses. Canon 200mm
f2.8, Canon 60mm macro and others.

Zoom lens reviews

Canon 10-22 review
The Canon 10-22mm is an interesting
ultra wide angle lens.
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 review
A Decent ultrawide angle lens.
There is a new f/3.5 version
as well.
Tokina 11-16mm review
Perhaps the best UWA for Aps-C cameras.
Canon 15-85mm review
An interesting lens with wide range.
The wide angle is very useful.
Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 is review
A very good, exceptional lens,
unfortunately little pricey.
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 review
One of the best bargain out there,
with good range f/2.8 brightness,
27cm MFD, only USM drive missing.
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 Vc review
The stabilized version, which is little
bigger and heavier.
Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 is review
A very good lens for the price.
Canon 18-55mm Stm is review
Finally non-rotating front
element.
Canon 15 85 vs Canon 24 105
Two very useful mid-range zoom
comparison.
Sigma 18-35 f1.8 review
An extraordinary lens from
Sigma.
Canon 24-70 f2.8 L review
The workhorse of the pro
photographer. Big and heavy
but good and useful as well.
Canon 24 105 review
The popular “kit” lens for FF.
Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 is L review
A very interesting non-ordinary lens.
Canon 70-200mm f4 review
A very good value lens with flourite
element.
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 review
A very good pro zoom without stabilizer.
Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is review
A very interesting lens, with
decent optical quality.
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Vc review
Rock solid stabilizer, very useful
for video recording.
Sigma 100-300mm f/4 APO DG EX HSM review
An interesting discontinued lens
from Sigma.
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 HSM review
An interesting sport lens.
Soligor 100-400/4.5-6.3 review
A very cheap super telephoto zoom.
Canon 100-400 review
A very good push-pull L
zoom. Just updated with
a Mark II version.
Canon 400 vs 100-400
Which is better, the prime or
the zoom ?
Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 review
A wide range Bigma.
Tamron 150-600 review
One of the biggest hit in 2014.
A very good, budget friendly
lens from Tamron. Unfortunately
must wait months to have a copy.

Prime lens reviews

Samyang 8mm f3.5 review
Samyang made an affordable
wide, very good lens.
Samyang 14mm f2.8 review
Perhaps the best Samyang lens.
Canon 20mm f/2.8 review
A decent wide angle.
Canon 28/2.8 is lens review
A newer wide angle, with
stabilizer.
Sigma 35 f1.4 review
A sharp f/1.4 from Sigma, one
of the first “Art”.
Canon 35mm f2 review
A very interesting discontinued
lens from Canon.
Canon 40mm f2.8 STM review
Very sharp pancake, compact
not very expensive, with
STM motor.
Canon 50mm f1.4 review
A very nice lens for a wedding.
Canon 50mm f1.8 II review
Plastic fantastic, nifty fifty.
Very good optically, build
quality is hmm…
Canon 60mm f/2.8 Macro review
A fantastic lens, with stunning
pictures.
Canon 85mm f/1.8 review
Very good portrait lens, with
fast autofocus, but with little
CA.
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro
A very sharp lens from Tamron.
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro review
Canon 100mm f/2 review
Canon 135mm f2 review
One of the best portrait lens,
any system.
Canon 200mm f2.8 review
My favourite lens.
Canon 200mm f2.8+2x teleconverter
Canon 300mm f4 is review
A very good, excellent prime, good
for macro as well, with it’s 1.5m
minimum focus distance, older
stabilizer.
Canon 400mm f5.6 review
One of the most popular Canon wildlife
lens, ever.

Teleconverters

Kenko 1.4 dgx review
An excellent teleconverter
Kenko Pro300 1.4 dgx review
An excellent teleconverter
Kenko Pro300 2x dgx review
Canon 2x MkII review
Soligor 2x converter review
Kenko 3x converter review

Canon Full frame Dslr lens reviews

Coming soon.
Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 review
A decent wide angle
Canon 24-70 f4 review
A new mid-range zoom
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 is II review
An extraordinary portrait lens
from Canon.

Nikon lenses A-Z The ever growing
database contains almost any lenses
available for Nikon F mount.

Nikon Dslr Lens reviews

lens reviews
Nikon lenses on Amazon

Nikon Aps-C lens reviews
Zoom lens reviews

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 review
The best ultrawide angle available, any system.
Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 review
A decent lens for the price
Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 review
One of my favorite lenses. Very good stabilizer,
very enjoyable usage, great versatility,
only drawback is the dark long end.
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 review
Very good for the price.
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 review
A very good bright but expensive and
heavy lens.
Nikon 16-85mm vs 18-105mm
Which is a better midrange zoom ?
Nikon 16-85mm vs Tamron 17-50
Perhaps the two best value lens in
Nikon lineup.
Sigma 24-105mm OS Hsm review
One of the best build lens today.
Optically also very good.
Nikon 70-210mm f/4-5.6 AF review
An interesting old lens.
I like better the images
it makes, than the images
of the newer 70-300 vr.
Nikon 70-200mm f/4 Vr
A very sharp lens, even wide open,
at both ends of the zoom range.
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Vr
Very sharp until 200mm,
not as sharp at 300mm.
Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 review
Little soft at 500mm. Slow focus.

Prime lens reviews

Nikon 35mm f/1.8 review
A “gift” from Nikon.
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G review
A bright prime lens.
Nikon 105mm Af-D micro review
A very good lens.
Nikon 105mm Vr micro review
Stunning lens.
Nikon 105mm f2.5 review
Still a very good lens.
Nikon 180mm AF review
A very good quality prime, but
unfortunately with a not so
precise micromotor.
Nikon 300mm f4 review
A very good, sharp prime lens,
even with the extender.

Other coming or new lenses

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8
An interesting new bright wide
angle from Tamron.
Sigma 18-300mm
A new superzoom from Sigma
Canon 100-400 II
Compact size, turn-type zoom, 2200 USD.
On fluorite, and one super ED elements.
Canon 24mm f/2.8 is
A new pancake lens for Aps-C.
Canon 400mm f/4 DO II
Updated diffractive optics.
Canon 24-105 f/4-5.6 STM
Af-s Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
A New 400mm f/2.8 Nikon with
flourite element.
Nikon 20mm f/1.8
A newest bright wide angle.
Canon 16-35mm f/4 is USM lens
A new wide angle.
Canon Ef-S 10-18mm (Aps-C)
An affordable UWA for Aps-C
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III
The III rd version of the 1.4x TC.
Competible with few lenses according
to official documentation.
Tokina 70-200mm f/4
A new lens from Tokina first for Nikon.
Stabilizer and ultrasonic motor
in the new Tokina lens.
Olympus 300 f/4 prime
A new coming lens for Micro 4/3.
Samyang 12mm f/2
A new interesting Samyang wide angle.
Tamron 16-300mm
Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 macro
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G ED
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Latest Dslr lens reviews:

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II, Canon 10-22, Canon 100-400, Nikon 180mm, Canon 28-300 L, Canon 20mm f/2.8, Tamron 150-600, Tokina 16-28mm FF, Canon 70-300 is, Canon 28 2.8 is, Canon 17-55 is, Sigma 120-300 f/2.8, Sigma 100-300 f/4, Canon 100mm f/2, Canon 85mm f/1.8.

Lens reviews

At above links can be find the reviews of various Canon and Nikon digital camera lenses for Dslr cameras. I don’t do currently scientific tests about resolution, vignetting or chromatic aberration, but more concentrate on the lens value in usage: what purpose is it good for, the price is realistic for the quality and usage value someone get, what are the alternatives on the market, which is perhaps better in some ways, what are the advantages and disadvantages of the given product. I make pictures with each lens and I attach several pictures for the reviews to really can see what the lens is good for, at different apertures.

What are the qualities we concentrate on the reviews ?

There are several factors that are important for lens testing. Below I list some of them which is very important to really see a value of a photographic lens.

Sharpness

Sharpness is an essential quality of a photographic lens. Although some people say sentences like, sharpness is not important, rarely any serious photographer use not sharp lenses. Say a bird or wildlife photographer or sports photo reporter to change their super expensive several thousand dollar lens to something less sharp would be an interesting idea. If I want to shoot a tiny bird from a distance as a bird photographer, every fraction of sharpness is definitely needed to see the details of the small bird.

Brightness

Brightness is also a very simple quality of a lens. Simply bright lenses can make sharper images in low light and in daylight as well. The brightness of the lens has to do with the diameter of the glass used. Bigger glass-usually more light, more detail-better images.

Mechanical quality

If we spent a sum for a lens, we hope we can use it not just several days, or months but extended period of time. For high money we want the lens to be durable, perhaps survive serious abuse, without problem. If the lens is simply falls apart by itself not very wise thing to spent to much money on it.

Focal length

Focal length defines the angle of the lens we can work with. There are ultra wide angle, wide angle, normal, telephoto and super telephoto lenses, depending on the focal length. Focal length is essential to know especially at single focal length lenses.

Ultra wide angle lenses

We call wide angle lenses of focal length of 6-15mm on Aps-C sensor sized cameras, or 6-24mm focal lenght on Full frame cameras.

Wide angle lenses

We call wide angle lenses of focal length of 15-30mm on Aps-C sensor sized cameras, or 24-50mm focal lenght on Full frame cameras.

Normal lenses

We call a normal lens with a focal length of 30mm on Aps-C sensored cameras or 50mm on Full frame cameras.

Telephoto lenses

We call a lens telephoto if the focal lenght of the lens is more than 50mm on Full frame cameras, or more than 30mm on Aps-C sized cameras.

Super telephoto lenses

We call a lens super telephoto if the focal length of the lens is 400mm and longer. Super telephoto lenses are used by wildlife or bird photographers, and sport shooters. The good quality super telephoto lenses are usually the most expensive lenses with excellent sharpness and other optical qualities. The price range of this lenses can be from 1000 dollars to 18000 dollars or even more.

Autofocus operation

If we shoot action, sports or wildlife quick autofocus operation is essential. For landscapes, macro,product photography or wide angle work perhaps not so much.

Zoom lenses

Zoom lenses or vari-focal lenses are a versatile tools for several purposes. There are different types of zoom lenses. There are super zoom lenses with a huge range between wide angle and telephoto, mid range zooms with usually not so long telephoto range, and some zooms which only in telephoto or wide angle, or ultra wide angle range.

Prime lenses

Prime lenses or single-focal lenses are specialized lenses for a purpose. Mostly used for telephoto or macro work, where the possible highest optical quality needed. Prime lenses are more simple than zoom lenses, usually has better brightness and sharpness but not so versatile. There are wide angle and long telephoto primes as well.

Teleconverters

Teleconverters are relatively smaller optical elements or lenses which used to give a lens a more magnification. There are 1.4x,1.7x, 2x, and 3x converters. The number shows the increase in focal length you get. The converters typically works best with prime lenses of 135mm focal length or longer. At the same time the lens going to get longer and darker. The 1.4 converters “robs” 1 stops of light, 2x converters 2 stops of light.

Lens reviews – Most popular Canon lenses

Most popular Canon lenses are the 50mm lenses, the 18-55is, 15-85is, 17-55is, the 70-200 L zoom lenses, the 35mm f1.4, the 100mm macro, the 85mm f1.8 portrait lens, the Canon 24 105 L, the 400mm f5.6 super telephoto, the 300mm f2.8 L, the 500mm f4 L.

Lens reviews – Most popular Nikon lenses

Most popular Nikon lenses are the 35mm f/1.8 G, the 50mm f/1.8G, the 70-200mm lenses, the 85mm f/1.8G, the 24mm f/1.4, the 16-85mm and 18-105mm, the Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8G which is a fantastic lens. The 105mm vr macro, the 17-55mm f/2.8, the 24-70mm f/2.8 are also popular.

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