There are so many different types of camera lenses and factors to consider, so you really need to do your research before diving into a lens purchase. To get started, it’s important to figure out which lenses are compatible with which cameras, as well as what style of shooting is ideal for each one.
Typically, the most important lens specification to know is the focal length, which is represented in millimeters. A single number (e.g. 28 mm) indicates a fixed focal length or “prime” lens, while a range (e.g. 70-300mm) indicates a zoom lens. For an idea on what that means, remember that the human eye is said to have the equivalent focal range of about 30-50 mm on a full frame camera.
Still, this doesn’t even begin to touch on the variety and complexity of digital camera lenses. But if you feel you know enough to dive in, here’s a beginner’s list of the best lenses for DSLR cameras.
Best Canon Wide Angle Lens: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116
One of the fastest and sharpest ultra-wide lenses available, the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 is a must-buy for Canon camera owners. Right off the bat, you’ll notice there’s a lack of built-in optical image stabilization, but there’s a rare number of situations where you’ll miss this feature given the f/2.8 aperture and focal length of the Tokina. Fortunately, that’s where the drawbacks end. The Tokina is a highly formidable wide-angle lens that performs strikingly well in low light, thanks to the high aperture that reduces ghosting, especially with strong backlighting.
Tokina’s choice of 11-16mm doesn’t leave much zoom to work with, but there’s more than enough depth to add just enough zoom to focus on the edges of the frame while emphasizing the center subject. Weighing only 1.2 pounds, the Tokina is another lightweight lens that’s perfect for on-the-go travel or just compact enough to carry around town.