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It’s time to take a look at the most popular lenses, based on the buying habits of Digital Photography School readers over the last three months.
These lists come from Amazon* data and reveal the lenses most frequently purchased by you, our wonderful dPS family.
For many years, the lists have been dominated by Canon and Nikon lenses, but in recent times, we’ve seen Sony become more and more popular. In fact, in this last quarter, Sony had 14 lenses make the list – only one fewer than Nikon.
As a result, for the first time, we’ve added a category of Sony lenses instead of lumping the Sony items into the “Other Lens” category.
Note: These lists include lenses for DSLRs and for Canon, Nikon, and Sony mirrorless cameras. We also maintain lists of the most popular cameras.
As mentioned above, this list features a mix of both DSLR (EF-mount) lenses and mirrorless (RF-mount) lenses. It’s been fascinating to see the rise of RF lenses on this bestseller list, a sign of the popularity of Canon’s growing mirrorless lineup.
Topping the list is Canon’s “Nifty Fifty,” the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM. These 50mm f/1.8 lenses are hard to beat when it comes to value for money, so it’s no surprise to see one leading the pack. The RF-mount Nifty Fifty comes in third! (You’ll also see Nikon’s version of the Nifty Fifty lens ranking second on the Nikon list.)
Like Canon’s list, Nikon’s list features a mix of full-frame (FX) DSLR lenses and cropped-sensor (DX) DSLR lenses, in addition to Z-mount lenses for mirrorless cameras.
In this case, Nikon’s excellent 35mm f/1.8 lens is at the top:
Our first-ever Sony bestseller list includes some excellent lenses.
Heading the list is a lens that is far from the Nifty-Fifty price range, the amazing 12-24mm f/2.8 (perfect for landscape, real-estate, and even wide-angle portrait photography).
Of interest to us at dPS headquarters is just how many of Sony’s legendary G Master (GM) lenses made the list. Our readers certainly have taste!
Also worth sharing are the following lenses made by third-party manufacturers. Many of these are designed for the bodies of multiple camera brands, but we’ve noted the popular lenses that you’ve been buying over the last few months:
*These lens lists were compiled from reports supplied to us by Amazon.com, where we are affiliates.
One of the ways we are able to cover dPS’s costs and remain a sustainable business is by earning a small commission when readers make a purchase from Amazon or B&H Photo after clicking on our article links (including the links used above).
It adds nothing to the cost of the product but gives us a small kickback to help cover our server, design, developer, and editorial costs.
While we cannot access any personal information from readers, we do get an overall report from Amazon about what was bought, which is how we created these lists.