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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.