23 things you should check when buying a new lens

Buying a new lens? Between similarly sounding names, cryptic suffixes and vast differences in price, there's plenty of room for confusion – so here's a quick rundown of what to think about. 

Not all of the following applies to all lenses, and the absence of any of these features from a particular optic doesn't mean it's not the right model to go for. Nevertheless, it's well worth quickly running through the points over the following few pages to make sure you don't get any unpleasant surprises with any new lens purchase.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Matt Golowczynski

The former editor of Digital Camera World, "Matt G" has spent the bulk of his career working in or reporting on the photographic industry. For two and a half years he worked in the trade side of the business with Jessops and Wex, serving as content marketing manager for the latter. 

Switching streams he also spent five years as a journalist, where he served as technical writer and technical editor for What Digital Camera before joining DCW, taking on assignments as a freelance writer and photographer in his own right. He currently works for SmartFrame, a specialist in image-streaming technology and protection.