Lens Reviews

This page contains all hands-on, detailed Lens Reviews published by Photography Life. Most reviews are large, primarily due to comparisons against other lenses, and span across multiple pages for easier reading experience. While we spend a considerable amount of time testing lenses in a controlled lab environment, we realize that test charts only show one aspect of lens performance, which can sometimes be misleading due to many different factors. Therefore, our lens evaluations and conclusions are based on the overall experience from using lenses for personal and professional photography work first. The test charts and various crops are provided only to back up our findings and support our claims. Does this make my reviews subjective? Absolutely. In fact, every lens review you will find on the Internet is subjective to a certain extent. It is not uncommon to come across one review that completely contradicts another by a different reviewer. Lenses, just like any other product, are prone to manufacturing defects. In addition to sample variation and quality control issues, there are many other factors such as lighting conditions, focus issues, lens imperfections, subject distance, camera shake, etc, that could potentially influence the data. Therefore, we always recommend to read multiple reviews from different sources before making a major purchasing decision.

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Fuji
Rating
  1. Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4 R
Nikon
Rating
  1. Nikon 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM VR
  2. Nikon 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
  3. Nikon 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8
  4. Nikon 1 NIKKOR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR
  5. Nikon AF DX Fisheye NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED
  6. Nikon AF NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED
  7. Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G
  8. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
  9. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  10. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  11. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  12. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
  13. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  14. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
  15. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
  16. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED VR
  17. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
  18. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
  19. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
  20. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
  21. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
  22. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
  23. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  24. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
  25. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED
  26. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  27. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G
  28. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
  29. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED
  30. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G
  31. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
  32. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
  33. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
  34. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G SE
  35. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G
  36. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
  37. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR
  38. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
  39. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
  40. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
  41. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
  42. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
  43. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
  44. Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
  45. Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8 Ai-S
  46. Nikon Micro-NIKKOR Auto 55mm f/3.5
  47. Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S
  48. Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 Ai-S
  49. Nikon NIKKOR-H Auto 28mm f/3.5
  50. Nikon NIKKOR-S Auto 50mm f/1.4
  51. Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED
Samyang
Rating
  1. Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC
Sigma
Rating
  1. Sigma 1.4x EX DG Teleconverter
  2. Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM
  3. Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
  4. Sigma 2x EX DG Teleconverter
  5. Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
  6. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Tamron
Rating
  1. Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
Zeiss
Rating
  1. Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4
  2. Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2