When it comes to choosing the best Canon prime lenses under $500, many turn to third-party offerings. A good move for most, but Canon realized long ago that this was an important price range for many photographers. This is why there are many good lenses in this category ranging from cost-effective zooms to prime lenses.
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It really does feel strange recommending a prime lens such as the Rokinon SP 35mm f/1.2 over other third-party versions or even same-make offerings. Traditionally, I’ve always thought of Rokinon stuff as budget-friendly alternatives, but those days have long since gone. This is basically the same scenario as what happened with Sigma and Tamron lenses
As you have stumbled across this article about the best third-party 70-200mm lenses for Canon cameras, we’re presuming you have an inkling of an idea of what this type of zoom lens is capable of. We are also making the presumption that if you are looking at third-party versions of the 70-200mm, then you have
If you’re happy and content with your Canon EF-S mount camera and need a lens that is both high quality and good value, then it’s usually the third-party variety that comes up first. The best third-party lenses for Canon EF-S mount cameras can tick most of the boxes we need from a quality lens: affordability,
When Nikon released their Z range of mirrorless cameras, we weren’t just treated to a new model, but also a new line of technology. This also meant a new lineup of lenses for the larger sized Z-mount. With no mirror to contend with, the new range of lenses are more compact and feature faster communication
It’s common practice for many people to opt for a 35mm lens, but as the FUJINON XF 23mm f/1.4 R is specifically designed for the APS-C X-mount mirrorless format, it provides the 35mm focal point nicely. A 35mm lens is a good alternative to the usual 50mm prime as it produces slightly wider angle shots,
Usually, the merest mention of the Sony prime lenses under $100 will make most photographers waft away the subject like a medieval aristocrat. This is because high-quality lenses generally require lots of pennies in exchange for their optical superiority. Also, more specialist lenses abide by the usual laws of diminishing returns, but that doesn’t mean
If you’re on the Fujifilm platform and a 200mm prime lens takes your fancy, then the FUJINON XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR may be just up your alley. On X-mount mirrorless cameras the focal length comes in at an impressive 305mm, which can be further extended with the XF 1.4x TC WR teleconverter
It never ceases to amaze me the number of features available in the current crop of cost-effective drones. As features trickle down from the expensive units to the budget-friendly versions, beginners have never enjoyed more quality for the money. One drone that is firmly in this department is the Force1 U49W Blue Heron. This drone
When we are evaluating portrait lenses, our thoughts usually turn to expensive options. Those pieces of glass that provide the most sumptuous images, but also need a good deal of cash in exchange. When a tighter budget is called for, the category of third-party portrait lenses under $500 is a good starting. Third-party lenses are
I have to admit that when a 200mm focal length is needed, thoughts always jump to the highly regarded Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III. This is not just because this zoom lens is so versatile, but with its f/2.8 aperture and image stabilization, it more or less covers all the bases needed in this
Fisheye lenses, just like the traditional types, can have rather high price points. All those fancy optics take time to produce, so when the Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 fisheye lens is on the table, we wondered, where’s the catch? Opteka is known for producing cost-effective optics, which means that while you may not get cutting-edge resolution,
Budgets will always be a hindrance and stumbling block when it comes to accessing the most sumptuous of optics. However, budgets are a fact of life, which is why all lens makers produce lenses in certain price brackets. For instance, wide-angle prime lenses for Canon under $300 are a good starting point for those who
When we’re talking about third-party zoom lenses in general, there is a dizzying array of options on the market. Once we cut down the criteria to the best third-party zoom lenses under $500, the options list becomes smaller, but it still includes some worthwhile candidates. As the criteria here is for general zoom lenses, we
When I first started down this photography road, I thought a lens hood was just some sort of fashion accessory that was there to make a lens look larger and more impressive. Though, if this was actually the case, we would probably be talking about Louis Vuitton or Cartier lens hoods rather than Nikon lens
When us photographers are talking about standard focal length lenses, we are usually describing either a 50mm or 35mm version. A 50mm prime (no association with Optimus Prime from the Transformers movies) is the most common, with the 35mm providing a slightly wider angle. Many prefer the 35mm focal length as it’s not just a
Let’s assume you’re in the position of needing Nikon prime lens for under $100 that can also deliver respectable images. This type of lens is out there at very affordable prices to meet most people’s budgets but to produce a good quality Nikon prime lenses under $100, well it requires some realistic compromises. Usually, this
Ever since tiny LED lights gained enough power and reliability to be used in commercial settings, they have been an option for not just video work, but also stills photography. Constant illumination may seem reserved for video work, but more and more photographers are using constant LED lighting as more predictable light-shaping solutions. This is
There can be many reasons why same-as-camera-make lenses are not a perfect fit. Many times this can be down to budget, which is where third-party lenses come into play, specifically Tamron lenses for Nikon DSLRs. Tamron lenses, like the rest of the third-party market, are no longer second or third choices or even budget options,
There can be many reasons for needing Canon prime lenses under $100. Maybe you’re just starting off your photography journey or you simply need the most budget-friendly lens available. No matter the reasons, there are options out there in the prime lens camp under $100, they’re just a bit thin on the ground with examples.
ZEISS lenses have always commanded a certain level of respect in the optics world. The company seems to have been around since quality optics became a thing, first making microscopes, then putting all that scientific knowledge into camera optics. Fast forward roughly a century and a half and the company is still producing world-renowned glass.
A tilt–shift lens may not be the first thing you grab for wide-angle images, neither being the most common of lenses. However, for architectural work or wide-angle viewpoints with a unique perspective, a lens such as the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L has all the quality and features. Without going into all the intricacies of what
When it comes to choosing a medium telephoto zoom lens, the following is the usual course of action. Decide on a 70-200mm zoom as its the most recommended lens for this focal range and has the best reputation. Then, it’s a case of checking out the prices for the same-as-camera brand versions. Shock and awe
If your primary interests are capturing action, wildlife, events or need a bit of extra focal reach, a Nikon medium telephoto lens is the first consideration. Telephoto lenses are generally those over 60mm in focal length, with the medium telephoto zoom variety generally falling into the camp of 70-200mm. The very common and highly useful
Flash speedlites used to feel like quite the expensive proposition, but with the proliferation of cheap, third-party versions, the variety and range has become ever more accessible. If the latest top-end speedlites still feel very costly, then older models such as the Canon Speedlite 580EX II still have plenty of capabilities. The 580EX II has
If you fancy the idea of capturing the smallest of subjects but can’t quite stretch to the cost of a dedicated macro lens, then macro filters are a good option. Also referred to as close-up filters, these inexpensive accessories are more lenses than anything else, turning any regular zoom or prime lens into a macro
Octo lights, or octagonal softboxes, are a type of light diffuser commonly used in studio photography, or wherever the quality of light needs to be controlled. Softboxes come in a range of shapes and sizes, ranging from the rectangular, square, strip, and obviously the octagonal-shaped varieties. So, why use octo lights for photography in the
Neewer is a brand that has slipped into people’s consciousness over the last few years providing very cost-effective photography gear. Neewer photography accessories dropped onto my own radar when I was looking for a softbox and lighting umbrella. The usual course of action follows – wade through the listings then find the best deal. Then
With much of Canon’s mirrorless limelight currently being shone on the full-frame R series, it can be easy to forget the usefulness of their M series. Imaging devices such as the EOS M50 fit a specific niche and require their own line of optics, which is where the Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM comes into
Wide-angle prime lenses for Canon cameras have literally loads of scope for potential, with the ability to capture the widest of viewpoints. This is why this type of lens has been a favorite of landscape shooters since day one. A wide-angle lens can produce very creative images where the perspective can be exaggerated for both