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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Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…
  • Seamus

    Benjamin,

    Nice picks. Of the bunch, I only have experience with the Nikon AF-S 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 G , and my impression is that’s it a ‘fun’ lens whether for landscapes or ‘citiscapes’ (does such a word exist?).

    Looking forward to checking out your Galleries, congrats on an excellent blog!

    Seamus

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