Camera lens ratings

 

Camera lens ratings

Last update: 12/03/2016
Canon 10-22mm, Canon 100-400mm, Nikon 180mm, Canon 20mm, Canon 28-300mm,Tamron 150-600, Tokina 16-28mm, Nikon 50mm f/1.4 G, Canon 17-55 is, Sigma 24-105 os, Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS HSM, Nikon Af-s 300mm f/4 d, Tamron 180mm macro, Canon 50mm f/1.2 L, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art

See the camera lens ratings below at the table under the picture. The table is regularly updated.

camera lens ratings

Camera lens ratings
Introduction

The camera lens ratings are based on a 1-10 points system. The camera lens ratings helps to evaluate a quality of the lens and the price/performance value of the lens quickly. By clicking the names in red or yellow it is possible to read a review of the given lens. Non-red or yellow names are not links. The list is growing contipnuously. The ratings can change based on re-evaluation.

Nikon lens types

There are many different Nikon lenses

Ai series Nikon lenses

Manual focus lenses
Aperture ring
With Nikon d3xxx and d5xxx cameras can have metering problems

Ai-s series Nikon lenses

Manual focus lenses
With Nikon d3xxx and d5xxx cameras can have metering problems

D (distance) series Nikon lenses

-Autofocus lenses with aperture ring, autofocus is noisy and many time not as precise as newer ultrasonic lenses
-With Nikon d3xxx and d5xxx cameras can have metering problems and no autofocus function
-aperture must adjust the smallest number f/22-f/32 in order to use on Nikon digital slrs

G series Nikon lenses

The newest Nikon lenses without aperture ring, AF-S lenses equipped with premium quality ring-type ultrasonic focusing motor

VR lenses has stabilizer in the lens

Nikon lens ratings

Nikon prime lens ratings
Lens name Price/performance Mechanical / Build quality Optical quality
Nikon 20mm f/2.8 D 8 8 9
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 G review 10 7 10
Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D 8 8 8.5
Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G 8 8 9.5
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G review 6 8 9
Nikon 85mm f/1.8 D 8 8 9
Nikon 85mm f/1.8 G 6 9 10
Nikon 85mm f/1.4 G 6 9 10
Nikon 105mm f2.5 Ai-s review 7 9 10
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 G Vr micro review 6 9 10
Nikon AF 180mm f/2.8 D review 6 8 10
Nikon 300mm f4 D review 5 9 10
Nikon 400mm f/2.8 G 4 10 10
Nikon 800mm f/5.6 G Fl ed Vr 4 10 10
Nikon zoom lens ratings
Nikon 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 G 4 9 9
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 review 6 10 10
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 review 5 9 9
Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 vr review 7 8 9
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 review 9 6 8
Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 review 8 7 8
Nikon 70-210mm AF review 10 8 8
Nikon 70-200mm f/4 Vr review 5 10 10
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 Vr 5 10 10
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Vr review 5 7 7-8

Canon lens ratings

See below the ratings of Canon Ef lenses.
Canon prime lens ratings
Canon 20mm f/2.8 review 6 8 8
Canon 28/2.8 is lens review

5 8 9
Canon 35mm f/2 review 7 7 9
Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM review 8 7 9
Canon 50mm f/1.4 review 6 7 10
Canon 50mm f/1.8 II review 9 4 9
Canon 50mm f/1.2 L review 4 10 9
Canon 60mm f/2.8 Macro review 8 9 10
Canon 85mm f/1.8 review 7 9 10
Canon 100mm f/2 review 7 9 10
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro review 6 9 10
Canon 135mm f/2 review 6 10 10
Canon 200mm f/2.8 review 7 10 10
Canon 300mm f/2.8 is 5 10 10
Canon 300mm f/2.8 is II 5 10 10
Canon 300mm f/4 is review 5 10 10
Canon 400mm f/5.6 review 5 10 10
Canon 400mm f/2.8 is 5 10 10
Canon 400mm f/2.8 is II 5 10 10
Canon 500mm f/4 is 5 10 10
Canon 500mm f/4 is II 4 10 10
Canon 600mm f/4 is 5 10 10
Canon 600mm f/4 is II 4 10 10
Canon 800mm f/5.6 4 10 10
Canon 1200mm f/5.6 4 10 10
Canon zoom lens ratings
Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 is STM 8 7 9
Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 review 6 8 9
Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 is review 6 8 9
Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 is review 5 8 10
Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 is review 10 6 8
Canon 18-55mm is Stm review 10 6 9
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L review 5 8 9
Canon 24-105mm f/4 review 5 8 8
Canon 24-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM review 6 7 7
Canon 28-105 f/3.5-5.6 USM review 5 7 6.5
Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 is L review 3 9 8.5
Canon 70-200mm f/4 review 9 10 9
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 review 6 10 9
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 is II review 4 10 10
Canon 100-400 review 5 10 9.5

Sigma lens ratings

Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 6 9 9
Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 review 6 9 8
Sigma 35 f/1.4 review 6 10 10
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art review 7 10 10
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 A review 5 10 10
Sigma 24-105mm f/4 A lens review 5 10 9
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 HSM 4 8 10
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM “S” 4 10 10
Sigma 400mm f/5.6 Tele macro review 8 7 8
Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 review 8 (3-400 Eur)

7 7-8
Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 review 5

7 7-8

Tamron lens ratings

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 review 8 7 9
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro review 7 7 10
Tamron 180mm f3.5 macro review 6 7 10
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Vc review 8 7 8
Tamron 150-600 review 8 9 10

Tokina lens ratings

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 review 6 9 9
Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 review 6 9 9
Tokina 300mm f/2.8 review 6 9 8

Samyang lens ratings

Samyang 8mm f/3.5 review 8 9 8
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 review 7 9 9
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 6 9 8
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 6 9 8
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 6 9 8

Soligor lens ratings

Soligor 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 review 6 6 6-7
Comment

Each colored lens name is a link, by clicking them you can read a review of the given lens. The rating is not based on measurement, but more on evaluation compare to other products, and practical usage value.


Basis of evaluation – optical quality

The evaluation is based on practical usage, not scientific measurements. To make a wide angle zoom lenses with zero distortion and falloff is quite a different thing than make a 50mm prime lens. A lens with a degree of 10 expected top-notch optically: excellent sharpness, contrast and colors. Some lenses has excellent resolution and poor contrast, and dull colors: in practical terms the contrast and nice colors are more important to create a beautiful image, than the very high resolution numbers. In reality all of them are important, and an excellent lens is expected to deliver in all departments.

Basis of evaluation – mechanical quality

This evaluations are mostly based upon how well the lens has built. What kind of materials used, how durable it seems, how the autofocus is operated. The manual focus lenses are not downgraded because of the lack of auto focusing system.

Basis of evaluation – price/performance

The price/performance evaluation is more to do with the price than the performance. I live in Hungary, here every lens is at least 50% more expensive than in the United States for example. Perhaps the lenses are even cheaper in Japan. So price is also relative, but many countries this is the most important factor to consider: something cheap in one country, very expensive in the other.

Other remarks

There is a difference between the copies for most lenses, so check the copy you want to buy in order to receive what you want. Sometimes one copy of the same lens is excellent the other one is poor.

 Posted by at 10:18 am