LENSES

John C. Doornkamp

Photography 

WHICH LENS IS BEST?

If you think that choosing a camera presents you with too many choices, then try choosing your lenses!

For every camera that uses inter-changeable lenses there is a range of manual and/or auto-focus alternatives. In addition, there are independent manufacturers that make lenses that will fit a variety of cameras.


In order to make a sensible lens choice, there are a number of factors to bear in mind. Read items 1-6 on the Gear page as these apply to buying lenses as well as cameras.


In order to make this page manageable, it has been structured so that you can find the lenses for your camera quickly. For each camera manufacturer, there is a selection of lenses from that same manufacturer, and a selection from an independent lens maker. (I have only included lenses that rate high in lens reviews.)


The length of this list will grow as my research continues.


Initially, the list starts with Sony CSC camera lenses. It shows the lens focal length and maximum aperture in the following way: focal length/maximum aperture (e.g. 35/1.4).

SONY LENSES

SAMYANG LENSES FOR SONY CSC CAMERAS

Why Samyang? Because I have a number of their lenses and they are excellent value for money.

SONY FE FIT : AUTO-FOCUS

mm/f

14/2.8

18/2.8

24/2.8

35/1.4

35/2.8

45/1.8

50/1.4

85/1.4

£ (GBP)

549

349

249

549

249

319

449

539

These prices are current on 9th March 2020. It does not matter if you go to Park Cameras or WEX Photo Video to obtain further information on any of these lenses as their prices are identical.

SONY FE FIT : MANUAL FOCUS

mm/f

10/2.8

12/2.8

16/2.0

20/1.8

24/1.4

35/1.4

50/1.2

50/1.4

85/1.4

100/2.8

135/2.0

399

430

529

330

279

389

299

379

357

427

349


419

SONY LENSES FOR SONY CSC CAMERAS

mm/f

20/1.8

85/1.4

90/2.8

24-240/

3.5-6.3

18-200/

3.5-6.3

16-70/4

24-105/4

70-200/4

70-350/

4.5-6.3

100-400/

4.5-5.6

949

1549

879

699

949

679

1060

1149

829

2399

949

1549

879

699

949

679

1060

1149

829

2399




LENSES FOR  CANON CAMERAS

SAMYANG LENSES FOR CANON CAMERAS

CANON E FIT


14/2.8

85/1.4

10/3.5

24/1.4

35/1.2

50/1.2

85/1.2

135/2

Auto Focus

539



Manual Focus

869

529

899

799

799

449

CANON LENSES FOR CANON CAMERAS


There are four classes of Canon lenses: EF (for the Professional and Upwardly mobile enthusiast), EF-S (for the enthusiast and beginner). EF-M (for the M-Series cameras), and the latest RF lenses for future compatibilities.


The table (below) is an example of the huge range of lenses that Canon provide. The table only features EF - type lenses.

Within this group, there are some lenses that are designated as "L" lenses. These L lenses are top quality and are of the kind used by (most?) professionals.

EF

24/2.8 IS

35/2 IS

40/2.8

50/1.4

100/2.8

mm/f

Canon Price

520

520

200

385

520

WEX and PARK

519

510

190

339

448

354

389

209

299


L-Series

16-35/2.8

24-105/4 IS

35/1.4

85/1.4 IS

70-200/2 IS

100-400/4.5-5.6 IS

Canon Price

2050

1030

1650

1500

2150

WEX and PARK

1649

998

1528

1269

1749

1364

669

879

1234

N.B.

WEX = WEX Photo Video

PARK = Park Cameras

MPB specialises in pre-owned cameras.

For MPB in the USA please go here.


Note: both WEX and PARK stock pre-owned cameras. follow the link to get details.

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