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Ended: Your favourite new third party lens of 2018

Yesterday’s poll (you can still vote in that one) covered Canon’s 2018 lens offerings, today we’re asking what your favourite third-party lens of 2018 is. We have limited the selection of the contenders to autofocus lenses for the Canon EF mount from Sigma, Tamron and Rokinon (Samyang).

Even if none of these lenses suits your personal shooting needs, you can still vote for the lens you think is the best designed, hits a need in the market or just seems the coolest.

We will announce the results on Monday, December 31, 2018.


The Contenders

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art $1199

SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art Lens, the ultimate ultra-wide-angle zoom. While minimizing distortion, this lens offers outstanding F2.8 brightness throughout the zoom range and delivers top-level image quality at every focal length and every shooting distance. For these reasons, it is the definitive wide-aperture ultra-wide-angle zoom lens.

Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

The classical angle of view with the latest lens design 28mm angle of view used to be a representative wide-angle in the era of film cameras and attracts many fans even today. To accommodate the request from many photographers who expressed the strong interest in using the familiar 28mm with Art line quality, SIGMA produces the SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, based on the know-how gained through the development of the Art F1.4 prime lens lineup released so far.

Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art $1399

Inherits the development philosophy behind the SIGMA CINE LENS
High-end cine lenses used by professional filmmakers are required to have a consistent characteristic over the entire sensor at a high level because these lenses are used to film a subject moving freely on the screen or while panning or tilting the camera.

Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports $1999

Characterized by its massive zoom range, the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is a versatile piece of glass that is designed for shooting a wide range of subjects. It offers up to 10x zoom—a first of its kind for hyper-telephoto zoom lenses with a maximum focal length of 600mm—and is part of Sigma’s line of high-quality Sports lenses from its Global Vision series.

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art $519

The long-awaited first macro lens in the Art line. In recent years, macro lenses in the standard range have tended to employ inner focusing with the goal of maximizing autofocus speed. In contrast, the new SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art lens is designed to prioritize optical performance, fulfilling the demanding image quality requirements that define the Art line.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports $1499

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS is the ideal lens for a variety of shooting styles that demand speed and versatility. It features a wide focal range of 70-200mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 for shooting in low light conditions and increased control over depth of field.

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art $1499

Since introducing its first SIGMA Global Vision F1.4 lens in 2012, the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA has been adding wide-aperture F1.4 options to the lineup. Now, with the introduction of the new 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA offers a total of nine lenses with F1.4 brightness, including six for full-frame cameras and three for APS-C cameras.

Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 $1299

The second-generation Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 for Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras is a handy and versatile lens designed not only to cover a range of breathtaking ultra wide-angle perspectives for full-frame camera systems but also to capture sharp and clear imagery with its sophisticated optics.

Tamron 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD $599

The new Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD ultra wide-angle lens (Model A037) is designed to combine superb image quality with maximum portability. With a compact body weighing 460 grams and a filter diameter of 77mm, it can capture more of the world in amazing detail without adding unnecessary bulk to your camera bag.

Tamron 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD $599

Tamron’s new 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034) is a compact telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLRs that achieves superb optical performance with high contrast and resolution throughout the entire zoom range.

Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 $578

New 14mm F2.8 AF Full Frame Ultra-Wide for Canon EF-Mount. This 14mm prime is not only Rokinon’s first autofocus lens engineered for Canon, but it also is their first model to offer weather sealing. Built for the rigours of professional use and uncompromised optical performance, it easily meets or exceeds the performance characteristics of other professional / “luxury” ultra-wides.

Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 $599

An ideal lens for portraiture, the Canon EF-mount AF 85mm f/1.4 EF from Rokinon is a short telephoto prime distinguished by its bright f/1.4 maximum aperture. This fast design, while benefitting its use in low light, also affords notable control over depth of field for selective focus applications.

beforeEos Camaras

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Sep 8, 2014
I don't use 3ed party lens anymore after getting a bad choice from Ritz camera. when I bought my ti1 canon the 75-300 mk3 was sharper.

but the new lens much better I have tried them at my camera store now its will it be combatable with my next body I buy?


Jun 27, 2013
I limited this poll to autofocus lenses or there would have been 20+ options.
Considering there have a lot of good MF glass that was released this year, you should do a poll for manual focus lenses as well. There were quite a few good releases from Venus-Laowa , Irix and others.
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Jun 7, 2014
That Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Art has done it for me, though the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 Art is definitely on my "to try" list as it's my favourite walkaround focal length.
The 105/1.4 is indeed an awesome lens (from those listed the only one which i would eventually purchase, therefor my "favourite"), but perhaps too heavy to drag around and shoot freehand?

Anyway, my "favourite" Canon-lens from the first list (the 70-200/4 II) is in the same price range definitley the preferred one.

beforeEos Camaras

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Sep 8, 2014
I guess you could just ignore this poll?
to ignore what might be useful even in a 3ed party lens is to turn a blind eye of resources at your disposal.

its like my fd lens collection with adapters I could put them in use someday with the new cameras that canon now introducing.



Sep 29, 2012
Well I ordered the Sig 105 f1.4.. tried it carefully along with sig 135 f1.8.
and I believe the 105 bokeh quality was slightly better than my 85L mk ii ..that I sold...
but I returned to the sig 135 f.8 because it fit in the bag better
and was very close to as-good bokeh but sharper..
105 was accurate also... a smashing wedding lens..maybe

I LOVE the 135 f1.8.... it is dead-on accurate on my 1dx2... and the nice telephoto range I like.
I am still tempted to get the 105 1.4..but why ?... because I liked it I just dont shoot enough to 'collect' this tech-art
and also the sig 60-600 ..
wow! these are well built lenses..

so I say the 135 f1.8 which was not offered.. so I guess I go with the 105 f1.4...
a runner-up is my 15 30 tamron... so useful

amazing stuff we have to choose from
these are the 105 sigma show bokeh
I may try it again..


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Mar 20, 2015
I am extremely unlikely to buy the 105mm f/1.4 but I vote for it on sheer technical merit. Sigma had the balls to do it and they did it well.

Personally I hope that the 60-600mm will be in my future as a successor to the Canon 100-400 II, which is often just a bit long or just a bit short at each end.


Jun 21, 2013
Surprised that the Sigma Sport 500mm f4 was not on anyone's list. I have been following first hand reviews and the opinions are that it is on par with Canon 500mm II lens. I plan to buy one while in South Africa next month at a $1000. discount against US prices.


Dec 18, 2011
I have none of these lenses and maybe will never buy one but I voted for the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4. A more or less boring lens but: It is a lens designed to be usable by low footprint, low weight and sensible price. Additionally I like the fact that they designed it to have f/2.8 @ 17mm. While I am no fan of variable aperture lenses I think in this case it is helpful for night scenes and wide aperture for thin DOF isn't that important for (ultra)wides.


Jun 27, 2013
Surprised that the Sigma Sport 500mm f4 was not on anyone's list. I have been following first hand reviews and the opinions are that it is on par with Canon 500mm II lens. I plan to buy one while in South Africa next month at a $1000. discount against US prices.
That lens was announced in Sept. 2016 and came to market few months later in same year. All the lenses listed for poll were launched in 2018.


Dec 16, 2011
Sigma 105mm f/1.4. I'm still trying to get my hands on the cine version(105 T1.5) to demo from my dealer, as I'm seriously considering adding this lens. It just speaks to me as a great interview lens.

And from what I've heard and read, Sigma actually created the cine version first and the still version is derived from it. Tokina also has a version, but to my knowledge, it has yet to hit the market, even though they were both announced at about the same time.