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Best DSLR Camera Lenses

Updated December 2018
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  • 21 Models Considered
  • 7 Hours Researched
  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 123 Consumers Consulted
  • Zero products received from manufacturers.

    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    The right lens for the job can define how you use your DSLR camera. Focal length determines how much of the scene your lens can take in, with a shorter focal length capturing a wider scene and a longer focal length focusing on a single subject with little distortion. Some lenses are not compatible with autofocus in certain cameras, so you’ll have to focus manually. A stepping motor (STM) helps to reduce noise when autofocusing while taking photos or videos. For capturing distant subjects like wildlife or athletes, telephoto lenses are the best choice with their zoom range and fast apertures. Finding the best DSLR lens for your subjects and photography style is the best way to yield perfect pictures.

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      Lauren
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      Melinda
      Web Producer

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