We recently asked our readers on Facebook to tell us which was the lens they used most often and which they plan to buy next. It made for interesting reading with a rich and diverse mix of focal lengths and apertures, but almost exclusively included Canon- and Nikon-mount optics. Here are the top six lenses you told us you use most often, and six more that are on your wishlist!
A superzoom lens is useful when you need to travel light with your D-SLR. In this head-to-head comparison, the team at the Nikon magazine N-Photo take a look at how a classic Nikon lens and its Sigma equivalent compare…
Does your lens has more letters after its name than a retired rocket scientist. What do all these lens markings mean? You can refer to a lens simply by the name of the manufacturer, the focal length, and its maximum aperture – a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6, say, or Canon 50mm f/1.4. But as lenses have often evolved from decades of development, they usually have a line of additional letters after their names, stamped on the barrel or printed on the boxes.
Some lens markings are about manufacturer branding – defining a more recent range, or a lens that’s built to higher standards than another. Others are to do with the optics themselves, and to highlight specific technologies used in the lens construction. In the jargon-busting guide below, we’ll translate these lens markings for you.