Most Popular DSLR Lenses

According to an online survey about DSLR Lenses. As you can predicted, lenses from Canon and Nikon are the most popular lenses. So, the result of the survey is formatted into “overall winners” and Canon, Nikon and ‘Other’.

Overall Most Popular Lenses

  1. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
  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

I was quite surprised by the the first place winner because the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS is an expensive lens. Of course following it up are the ‘50s′ lenses which are always popular.

Most Popular Canon Lenses

You’ve already seen the top 4 – so let me give you the top 10 and the reason of its popularity.

Canon EF L Lenses

Canon EF L Lenses

Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L

Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L

  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 not cheap.
  2. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens – for its price perhaps the best value 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 (pictured right) – 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 – I love this lens. It’s 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 favorites. If you want to take Macro shots this is well worth considering. Interestingly it also takes great portraits.

Most Popular Nikon Lenses

Here is the list of the most popular Nikon Lenses according to the online survey result:

Nikon Lenses (Nikkor)

Nikon Lenses (Nikkor)

Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR

Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR

  1. Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens – Nikons ‘50s′ is a much loved lens and similar to the Canon version – for its price and quality it is a must have in your 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 VR ED-IF AF-S Zoom Nikkor Lens (pictured right) – 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 – its 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 VR Micro ED-IF AF-S Nikkor Lens – it is interesting that Macro lenses feature 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 every day use if you don’t need lots of reach. On Amazon this lens has 52 reviews and only 3 of them didn’t give it a perfect score of 5 stars (and two of those gave it 4 stars). I guess it isn’t just DPS readers who love this lens.
  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.

Other Most Popular Lenses

Canon and Nikon lenses are the most popular lenses, meanwhile there are a few other lenses that are also quite popular for non-Canon / non-Nikon users:

  1. Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens (Nikon) (also for Canon) – this lens was actually mentioned quite a few times – so many that it only just missed the overall winners list! It looks like a fun wide angle lens to have in your camera bag.
  2. Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon – (also for Nikon) – this lens certainly has a wide focal range and is certainly on the more economical end of the spectrum of lenses in this category.
  3. Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Lens – again the 50mm lenses pop up.
  4. Pentax-m 50mm 1:1.7 (Asahi) – the Pentax fifty.
  5. Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko ED Digital SLR Lens – The winning Olympus lens with 3 people recommending it.

By no means are any of the above lenses complete. I hope you find them interesting and useful as you think about your next lens purchase.



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