Our recent poll suggested we share the lens they used most often. It made for exciting mix with a rich and diverse mix of focal lengths and apertures, but almost exclusively included Canon- and Nikon-mount optics. Here we present our survey results
1. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
This lens popped up a few times in the list of most often used optics and it’s not really a surprise as it’s a good all-rounder for anyone using a Nikon DX (APS-C) format SLR. At the 18mm end it produces a focal length equivalent to 27mm on full-frame, providing decent wide-angle coverage for landscapes and interiors. And at the telephoto end it reaches the equivalent of 157.5mm, which is useful for framing more distant objects and pleasing portraits.
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This lens is frequently bought with the Canon 5D Mark III, so it’s not really astonishing to see it here. It’s another good ‘all-purpose’ optic and benefits from image stabilisation as well as a moderately fast constant maximum aperture, both of which are useful when light levels fall.
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3. Canon, Nikon and Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8
The Canon and Nikon mount versions of this fast, full-frame lens also appeared in the ‘Desired’ list, but they were more common in the ‘most used’ list. All three have high quality optics giving a versatile focal length range and the constant f/2.8 aperture allows shutter speed to be kept pretty high when light levels fall, as well as enabling backgrounds to be blurred.
4. Canon and Nikon 70-200mm f/4
These lenses often partner the 24-70mm f/2.8, adding a little further reach for tight framing of distant subjects. At f/4 the maximum aperture isn’t as wide as the f/2.8 version, but the lenses are lighter and more affordable, and image quality is very high.
While it may not be possible to blur a background to quite the same extent at f/4 as at f/2.8, the improvement in the quality of images taken at high sensitivity from modern cameras means this lens is very useful in low light.
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It’s a popular lens because on a full frame camera 50mm produces an angle of view that’s roughly the same as our eyes and the large maximum aperture enables fast shutter speeds earning the lens the ‘nifty fifty’ moniker. Meanwhile on an APS-C format camera it makes a super portrait lens with a focal length equivalent of around 75mm.
6. Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS HSM
Available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony fit this lens is designed for use on APS-C format SLRs and offers a step-up in quality from the common 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens (which was mentioned a few times in this list).
The focal length equates to around 26-75mm on a full-frame camera so it’s a go stand-in for the 24-70mm f/2.8 that popular on this larger format.
At f/2.8 the constant maximum aperture is wider than ‘standard’ kit lenses enabling faster shutter speeds and greater control over depth of field. Helpfully, Sigma’s stabilisation system is also built-in to reduce the impact of camera shake.