25 Feb The Best Lenses – In My Experience

Source: Admiring Light

What lens is best? I get asked this all the time, and there’s never really a right answer. “Best for what?” is what I usually reply, as the answer will depend on what the photographer wants to accomplish, what their budget is and what is important to them. Everyone will have a different notion of what constitutes the ‘best’, but I figured I’d put together a list of what I personally consider the best.

As part of my work on this site, and throughout my 15 years of photography, I’ve used a lot of lenses. I will shortly publish my 85th lens review later this week (which will be the Voigtländer 21mm f/3.5 Color-Skopar), and I’ve owned at least 50 other lenses that I did not review. This list will feature lenses from every system that I’ve owned for my personal shooting, plus some others that I’ve adapted. Note that this will not be a definitive list of the best lenses ever made: I haven’t used them all. Also, it’s a subjective list based on what is important to me in my shooting.

Sorry Nikon and Pentax fans: I have never used an autofocus Nikon or Pentax lens for more than a few seconds…so you won’t see any of those lenses represented here. I started shooting with Canon DSLRs back in 2004, and have extensive experience with Micro 4/3, Fujifilm X and Sony E mount lenses, plus I’ve adapted dozens of manual focus lenses from systems past, though I haven’t…

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