Need advice choosing what is the best lens to buy for your needs? Our range of lens round ups suggests a range of lenses, categorised by focal length or camera type. If you’re having trouble deciding what lens to buy, read our range of round ups to help you decide.


When I purchased my original Canon EOS 5D in 2008, I did what many photographers do when they buy into a new system, and purchased the kit lens that Canon…


Andy Westlake and Michael Topham take a look at a selection of optics that are designed to create attractive, distinctive or unusual blur effects


If you’re after a lens with a focal range wide enough to cover most day-to-day situations, then your best bet is superzoom. Here are our pick of the five best…

Prime lenses

When you’re travelling you’ll generally want to be keeping your bag as light as possible. If you’ve decided you’re going to pack your DSLR or CSC, you are likely to…


Standard, or normal, lenses are those whose focal length approximates the diagonal of the format for which they are designed. With the diagonal measurement of a full-frame sensor being just…


The term ‘telephoto’ applies to a lens longer than the standard focal length for a particular system, and for a DSLR this covers an exhaustive range of optics, from short…


Superzoom lenses provide the kind of optical flexibility normally reserved for compact cameras, covering the focal range of several lenses in one optic. Here are some of the best around


If you want to get really close to smaller subject, as well as deliver 1:1 magnification, it's worth investing in a specialist macro lens. Here's a selection of some of…


Wideangle zooms are a popular category, and often one of a photographer's first investments. We round up the best wideangle zoom lenses on the market.

Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS HSM

Want to make the step up from your standard kit lens to to something that will deliver a bit more in terms of performance? One of these standard zoom lenses…


A kit lens is a great starting point, but what should you be looking to buy next? We list some of the options for entry level lenses.


If you want to achieve those striking vistas that allow you to get plenty in the frame, what lenses will help you fulfil those ambitions?