Top 5 Best Third-Party Camera Lenses

Best Lenses – The Awesome comeback of 3rd party lenses3rd party lenses are making a comeback. They have improved quality, speed, and sharpness to bring them more inline with the best from Canon & Nikon. But 1 manufacture has taken it to a new level. Check out the video to see why I absolutely now recommend third party lenses and what manufacture rises above…2014-02-18T17:00:06.000Z

When you’re looking to up your photography ante, you’ll want to sup up your lens options. A great lens on even a low-budget camera body can produce amazing images, but lenses perform differently depending on their specific function. Zoom lenses are for capturing images at a distance, while macro lenses are for very close-up photography. Mainstream camera brands all make their own lenses, but sometimes so-called third-party lenses can deliver the same high quality imaging capability at a fraction of the cost. Here are our top choices for third-party camera lenses.

Sigma 18–35mm f/1.8

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Hands-on ReviewThis Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 lens ( just goes to show that third-party manufacturers can produce some lenses that are worth looking at. But does it just look good on paper or does it perform just as good in reality? Pricing Reference: Connect with us: ================================== Facebook: Twitter: Google+: Instagram: Flickr:…2013-10-26T16:39:42.000Z

With one of the widest aperture settings available, this Sigma is currently available for both Nikon and Canon mounts. It can capture twice as much light as an f/2.8 zoom, making it an ideal lens for indoor or low light photography.

• Beautiful, true color and sharp images
• Very fast autofocus in well-lit situations
• Internal zoom function
• Customizable autofocus parameters

• Heavier than other comparable lenses
• No optical stabilization

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Tamron 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Tamron 24-70mm VC – Hands onWorlds first review of the WORLDS FIRST 24-70mm f2.8 with built in stabilisation! This is an eagerly anticipated bit of gear. When listed, it will be here: Give the low light capabilities of cameras nowadays, and the amazing VC that Tamron is capable, this will really open up new shooting options. Please check out…2012-04-24T08:46:06.000Z

When it came out, this Tamron was the only image-stabilized lens of its length on the market for DSLR cameras. With a 2.8 aperture setting, this lens has professional imaging capabilities.

• Vibration Compensation (image stabilization) feature
• Very sharp imaging capability even at low aperture
• Six-year manufacturer warranty
• Minimal lens flare

• Slight vignetting (when images lose saturation toward the edges of the image)
• Focusing speed a bit slower than Canon or Nikon lenses
• A bit heavier than competitors

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Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T

Zeiss 85mm ZE 85mm f/1.4 Review (feat. Canon 85mm f/1.2L)In this video we take a look at the Carl Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 lens( to see whether it lives up to its name. It's a manual focus only lens and available in Canon (ZE), Nikon (ZF) and Pentax (ZK) mounts. But can it compare to Canon's own stunner of a 85mm lens, the 85mm f/1.2L(…2011-07-23T13:30:20.000Z

Carl Zeiss is one of the most recognized names in lens glass, and it’s for good reason. This lens has stood the test of time—it wasn’t developed for use with digital cameras, but if you’re looking for super smooth performance with tack sharp imaging power, this is a good choice.

• Very smooth focus ring for easy focusing
• Super sharp imaging
• Minimal distortion
• Focus field very long

• Manual focus only (no autofocus option can be different for beginner DSLR photographers)
• Focusing not easy—not recommended for “on the fly” photography

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Tokina 11–16mm f/2.8 AT–X Pro DX II

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Hands-on ReviewWe're trying to review the lens with the longest name in the world. In this video, we take a look at a Tokina lens that could be a cheap alternative to those Canon and Nikon ultra-wide zooms. Pricing reference: Connect with us: ================================== Facebook: Twitter: Google+: Instagram: Flickr: DigitalRev:…2012-10-11T17:00:56.000Z

The fastest wide angle zoom lens for crop-sensor cameras, this is a versatile and relatively inexpensive lens that vastly increases your imaging capability. Use with full-frame bodies will result in black corners around the edge of the image.

• Multilayered glass elements for sharp imaging capability
• Can switch between manual and auto focus by pushing or pulling the focus ring
• Internal focusing function (good for nature photography)

• Auto focus is loud and rather slow
• Not as durable as Canon or Nikon lens construction
• Doesn’t always perform well in low light situations

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Rokinon / Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt Shift

Samyang Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 in actionTilt-shift lenses functions based on Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC More info at: samyang-europe.com2014-01-09T11:29:32.000Z

This Rokinon / Samyang is among the least expensive tilt shift lenses you can buy. Tilt-and-shift photography makes landscapes or cityscapes look as if they were shot in miniature, making this lens an interesting one if you’re ready to explore your creativity. It’s not, however, a practical all-purpose lens.

• Great for architecture or landscape shots
• Multilayered glass for low dispersion
• Buttons turn smoothly, easy to use
• Sturdy, durable construction

• No autofocus function
• No electronic aperture control
• No focus confirmation feature

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