The Benjamin Kanarek Blog 2010 Camera Lens Favorites Part 1 Updated

Making a lens purchase can often be a very daunting exercise for those of you not quite sure what might be appropriate for which application.  But being that I don’t like prescribing a specific lens for a specific application, I will just choose my favorite brands of focal lengths and suggest that you experiment with their  applications.
I say this, because, I have broken so many of the classic rules of lens use, that I would feel like a hypocrite if I did so. I like to suggest using which ever lens you like, to get the desired effect you are seeking.  No more and no less.
I will commence with zoom lenses (variable focal length), as they are the most popular and go to fixed focal length lenses and end with macro lenses (super close up lenses). I will choose my favorite from each brand worthy of mentioning in each category.

Super Wide Angle Zoom

Panasonic 7-14 f/4.0


Olympus E 9-18 f/4.0-5.6

Sigma EX 10-20 f/3.5

Tamron SP AF 11-18 f/4.5-5.6



Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 AT-X


Pentax DA 12-24 f/4.0


Sony 11-18 f/4.5-5.6


Nikon AF-S 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 G



Canon EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5


Normal Zoom

Olympus 12-60 f/2.8-4 ED

Tokina 16-28 f/2.8



Panasonic G Vario 14-140 f/4.0-5.8


Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 USM


Nikkor AF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IF-ED DX


Tamron AF 28-75 f/2.8 SP XR



Sigma 17-70 /2.8-4.0 DC


Sony Zeiss ZA 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 DT


Pentax DA* 16-50 f/2.8


Nikon 24-70 f2.8

Nikon 24-70/2.8G ED Af-s Nikkor

Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4 G ED VR (FX)

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Continued in Part 2

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