Best 10 Digital Camera Lenses Apr07

Best 10 Digital Camera Lenses

All best 10 Lenses picks were chosen by our senior editor, depending on his personal opinion.
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Pentax SMC DA* Series 50-135mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Pentax and Digital SLR Cameras

I wasn't sure when I ordered this Pentax telephoto zoom lens, but after using it for a month, I'd say it is well worth its money. The reach is good, at 50-135mm and f/2.8. It beats out many of my other lenses in performance.

2.

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

A true telephoto in all senses of the word. The reach of this one is whopping, at 150-500mm and f/5-6.3, pulling in even the farthest subject. The best feature is the optics stabilizer, giving shutter speeds at 4 stops slower.

3.

Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

This is a simple 85mm lens made for cameras like my Nikon. At f/1.8 it is super bright for low light conditions. I can shoot in the middle of the night and pick up enough light to clearly make out the facial expressions.

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Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC (Vibration Compensation) Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens with Built in Motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

I couldn't believe the vibration compensation was so important. This lens converted me. The tracking capabilities are great. Long distances are no problem even when handheld and the reach is amazing at 28-300mm.

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Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Telephoto Macro ED Lens for E1, E300 & E500 Digital SLR Cameras

Portrait and macro photography is where this lens does great. The Olympus 50mm f/2.0 yields a 1:2 magnification, at half real size, the equivalent of life size in 35mm. There are 11 elements and 10 groups and the f-ratio is perfect for low light.

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Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

My wife bought this for me just because it was white and she had never seen a white lens before. Luckily it is a great lens too, at 100-400mm and f/4.5-5.6. I like the white too, because it is easier to see at night.

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Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

For it's size, the Sigma is superb. With a low 10-20mm reach and f/4-5.6 I have my set of lenses complete. It is small enough to travel anywhere I need it to go with me. My Canon matches it perfectly.

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

It is a little long, but the reach is worth it, 70-200mm and f/4. It fits my Canon without a fuss and it is straight forward to operate. It is my favorite all around lens for my photography trips abroad.

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Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP Aspherical (IF) Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

Aberrations are minimized with the Extra Refractive Index glass. The f/2.8 is maintained throughout the zoom range. Chromatic aberrations are also eliminated by the optical combination.

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Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

I love this ultra-wide lens when I am working with landscapes or large groups of people. The reach is perfect, at 10-20mm and f/4-5.6, but the beauty is in the optics. Aberration is eliminated.