5 Amazing DSLR Lenses

October 2, 2019

By Greg Scoblete

Editor’s Choice: Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD 

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its SP lens line, the company has released a full-frame DSLR lens it says represents the culmination of the design and technology skills it has amassed over four decades of lens-making. Among the new innovations in the lens is a second generation of Tamron’s Broad-Band Anti-Reflection coating (BBAR-G2) to minimize flare and ghosting. The Fluorine coating used on the front lens element has also been reformulated for improved performance. Autofocusing is driven by Tamron’s Ultrasonic Silent Drive with a newly developed Dynamic Rolling-cam mechanism that the company says improves performance and reliability when working in extreme temperatures. The SP 35mm has nine aperture blades that stop down to f/16.

Price: $899

Zeiss Otus 1.4/100

This portrait-friendly prime lens is available for Nikon and Canon full-frame DSLRs. The manual focus lens uses an apochromat design to reduce chromatic aberration, color artifacting and fringing. It’s capable of focusing on objects as close as 39.4 inches with a magnification ratio of 1:8.6. The focus ring turns a full 315 degrees. You can stop the Otus down to f/16.

Price: $4,990

Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports

The new flagship telephoto in Sigma’s Sports line has a magnesium body and a dust- and splash-proof design. The front lens element is coated to repel oil and water. The lens itself features an Intelligent Optical Stabilization system with an acceleration sensor and an algorithm to ensure stability when panning in all directions, including diagonally. Its 11 rounded aperture blades stop down to f/22, and you can focus on objects as close as 47.2 inches. 

Price: $1,259

Tokina Opera 16-28mm f/2.8

A TIPA Award winner, the 16-28mm f/2.8 lens features a silent drive autofocus engine and a focus clutch to easily switch between manual and autofocusing. You can stop the nine aperture blades down to f/22 and focus on objects as close as .91 feet. Thanks to its internal focusing system, the lens size won’t change as you focus, and built-in hood petals protect the front element from accidental damage. It’s sold in Nikon F or Canon EF mounts.

Price: $699

Ricoh HD Pentax-DA Fish-Eye 10-17mm F/3.5-4.5 ED

Ricoh recently refreshed this wide-angle zoom with a fresh dose of the company’s HD coating and a completely redesigned body. According to Ricoh, the new coating improves contrast reproduction and enhances sharpness. The front of the lens has also been coated with Ricoh’s Super Protective coating to make it easier to clean. On the design front, the lens hood is now removable and the body style matches the design of more recent Pentax DSLRs.

Price: $500

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