Top 5 Popular DSLR Lenses – Thirdi Digital’s Survey Results

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For some time now, we been asking several DSLR users, our customers “What is your Favourite Lens?”

From all the answers received, we have filtered out the choices and created a snapshot for you.

We hope this will be useful information for those of you who are planning to buy a new lens. 🙂

By an overwhelming majority, the most popular brand of lenses still are Canon and Nikon.

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The Other 12% here are represent a mix of Pentax, Olympus, Tamron, Tokina, Minolta and a few other brands.

Because Canon and Nikon emerged as clear winners, we decided to go into a little more detail and find out the Most Popular Lenses in these Brands. Here are the Top 5.

  1.     Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
  2.     Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens
  3.     Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
  4.     Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens
  5.     Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens

We were quite surprised by the winner, as it is by no means a cheap lens. Nonetheless it is a worthy one, for it is a fast lens, has image stabilisation and a great focal range for all kinds of photography and is superbly sharp.

Now let’s appraise further and look at manufacturer specific lists.

CANON Lenses:

  1. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens – fast, great for portraits, weddings, sports, versatile focal length. Quite a heavy lens and expensive though.
  2. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens – Best value for money Lens in terms of the quality of output.
  3. Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens – a step up from the f/1.8 in terms of build quality and results but more expensive.
  4. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens – a great walk-around lens. Faster than the 24-105 but no image stabilization.
  5. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens – often compared with the 24-70mm this lens is not as fast but has image stabilization and an extra 35mm reach. A worthy contender for a great walk around lens.
  6. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens – not as fast as the 70-200mm f2.8 and without image stabilization but still a very sharp lens, a considerably cheaper option and lighter too. Note: between these two lenses is also a 70-200 f2.8 lens without image stabilization (this lens came in at #11).
  7. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens – another alternative for a walk around lens if you take wide angle shots. A fast lens and loved by many.
  8. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Telephoto Lens – a prime lens that gets great reviews. Also check out the f/1.2 version which is super fast but pricey.
  9. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens – we love this lens. It is not as fast as some but has been great for landscapes.
  10. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens – another of my personal favourites. If you want to take Macro shots this is well worth considering. Interestingly it also takes great portraits.

NIKON Lenses:

  1. Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens – Nikons ‘nifty 50’ is a much loved lens and similar to the Canon version – for its price and quality it is a must have in your camera bag.
  2. Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Lens – this lens makes a great option for everyday shooting with a fantastic focal range which gives both a reasonably wide angle and reach. The vibration reduction makes it particularly attractive and it is a reasonably affordable lens.
  3. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens – this lens has had some great reviews and is renowned for being a high quality camera. Again it has vibration reduction, is relatively fast and is great for portraits, weddings, sports. It’s not cheap though.
  4. Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor Lens – lenses in this focal range featured heavily in both the Canon and Nikon lens and it is no wonder – it’s a really handy focal range. This one is quite a bit cheaper than the previous 70-200 but you lose Vibration reduction. Those mentioning it in our survey raved about it.
  5. Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens – it is interesting that Macro lenses Common on both Nikon and Canon lists. This one however has vibration reduction making its fast aperture even more useful.
  6. Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens – another fast zoom lens with wide angles yet a little length – making it a good choice for everyday use if you don’t need lots of reach.
  7. Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens – another zoom with a 2.8 aperture and a reasonable focal range. Those recommending it say its sharp, fast focusing and a joy to use.
  8. Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye Nikkor Lens – rounding out the Nikon list is a fisheye lens which looks like being a lot of fun.

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