The best cheap lenses in 2024: affordable lenses for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras

Best cheap lenses
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The best cheap lenses prove that you don't have to spend mega-bucks in order to create fantastic images. After all, not everyone has a huge budget to spend on their photography, and manufacturers know it. So, whatever camera system you're using, you can be confident that there will be a good cheap lens out there for you – it's just a matter of finding it. And that's where we come in. 

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.