Professional photographers usually spend thousands of dollars on DSLR camera lens. They can afford to spend so much money on lenses because they are familiar with the brands and their quality. For a beginner it is better to go for more affordable models in the sub $300 range. They are usually decent there are some models out there that are barely worth even looking at. Out of all of them 10 stand out. Here are the top 10 best DSLR camera lenses for beginners in 2016.
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- 10. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
- 9. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
- 8. Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Motorized Telephoto Zoom Lens
- 7. Nikon 1 NIKKOR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR
- 6. Tamron AF 18-200mm
- 5. Rokinon FE75MFT-S 7.5mm Lens
- 4. Rokinon FE8M-C 8mm F3.5
- 3. Rokinon FE14M-S 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Lens
- 2. Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens
- 1. Sigma 19mm f2.8 DN Lens
Cannon DSLR owners should start with the EF 50 MM lens. It has a 50mm focal length or 80 for APS-C cameras. The model uses 52 millimeter filters and a 0.45 minimum focus. Looking at the build quality the model is well above its competition in the same price range. It is also one of the more affordable models that are actually recommended for beginners. To be noted that the model is only compatible with Canon DSLR cameras.
Beginners that need something compact and inexpensive should have a look at the EF 40MM Canon lens. It is an excellent pick for travelers and people on the go that do not want to use a dedicated backpack for their lends and DSLR camera. It is tiny and relatively inexpensive. It comes with a stepping motor that enables continuous auto-focus that offers optimal results for street and travel photos.
The Sigma 70-300 lens is a good pick for photographers that need to take shots that require a lot of zoom. One of the good things about it is the fact that it is available for almost all the major DSLR camera manufacturers. The build quality meets the standard of more demanding photographers and so far it has been used successfully by both beginners and experienced users. The lens itself is a bit large but the price is right and the quality of the photos is superior.
Despite being manufactured by Nikon the NIKKOR lens is compatible with a few other models of DSLR camera made by other brands. It is better to check first with the vendor if it is compatible or not. In terms it is a Nikon which means build and lens quality are premium. However it is a bit more expensive than other models in the same category but the money is well invested as the picture quality is excellent.
Tamron is one of the more popular aftermarket brands that makes lenses for various DSLR camera manufacturers which is a great plus. The a maximum focal point of 200 millimeters and 11x optical zoom the lens turns into a multi-purpose one that can be used for portraits and long distance shots. It is a bit heavy bus this should be expected as it is quite large.
Rokinon is one of the lesser known brands that makes DSLR camera lens. The FE75MFT-S is a premium product that can be a bit expensive for a beginner but nonetheless a worthy pick. It offers a wide 180 degrees angle of view and a minimum focusing distance of 0.95 feet. The model is quite compact and light.
Pictures with an expanded perspective require a fisheye lens and the Rokinon FE8M-C is perfect for the job. This entry level lens is mostly recommended for beginners as it is quite easy to use and the image quality is superior when compared with similar product from the same price range. The angle of view reaches 180 degrees on certain DSLR camera models.
Wide pictures seem to just look better with a FE14M-S when in the hands of a professional. One of the things that makes it so special is its ease of use and quality which can help turn amateur photographers into professionals. It is a bit more expensive than most entry level lenses but this gets compensated by the image quality. The mode has a minimum focusing distance of 10.8 inches and comes with 8 diaphragm blades.
The Macro Zoom lens by Tamron offer the best value for money ratio when compared with almost all other products in the same price range. Manufacturers make three versions for this lens in order to offer compatibility with multiple DSLR camera manufacturers. The model is extremely well built and this can be seen in the lens as well when judging the image quality.
The lens offered by Sigma are by far the best model that one could get for the money. Even if the manufacturers did not make it compatible with a whole lot of camera manufacturers the ones that are able to use it keep praising it for its quality and low price. It is mostly made out of metal and the lens themselves are premium.