It’s Holiday shopping season again. But what if you or someone you’re shopping for already has a good camera? If you do need a camera, check out our 2011 Best Digital Camera Holiday Guide. If you already have a good digital SLR, the next thing you should add to your camera bag is a better lens. I’d bet that most photographers are still using the kit lens that came with their digital SLR – not a great strategy if you want the best photos. Look at it this way: you just spent $1000 on a camera – do you really want to be taking pictures through a $100 lens? So a better lens is almost always in order. And lenses are a better investment than cameras. Unlike digital SLRs, which most photographers only use for two or three years before upgrading, a good lens will be with you for decades.
There are so many different kinds of lenses, cameras, budgets and photographers that it’s difficult to make a lens guide. I started this guide by building a list of top-selling lenses and lenses that are popular with PhotographyREVIEW.com users. Then I arranged the lenses into groups of popular types. Each recommended lens category has its own page with one top pick lens followed by some alternative lens options. Before you buy a lens, double-check to make sure it’s compatible with the camera it will be used with. If you have questions, post them in the comments section at the end of this article or on our camera and photography forums. To get started, just click on any of the lens types below to go to that page and learn more:
first lens category – Inexpensive Telephoto Zoom Lens >>