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Lens finder - quickly find the lenses that best fit your personal needs

This tool will help you come up with a short list of lenses that can be a starting point in making a decision which product to buy. Once you're down to a few lenses, you should read some reviews and check sample photos (both reviews and photos are available on pixel peeper).

Each parameter can be either set to a specific min/max value (to filter out all non-matching lenses), or you can simply say how important the parameter is. The resulting list will include a score for each lens based on your choices. Note that most parameters have a long description that you can click (red links) if you're not sure about their meaning.

Mount compatibility

     Mount compatibility 

 

Lens type

     Lens type 

 

Min. focal length covered

     Min. focal length covered = mm

[Show/hide parameter description]

In case of zooms, min. and max. focal length covered specify the minimum required range that must be covered by a lens, and in case of primes these parameters give the boundaries for the search. You can leave one or both of these values empty.

 

Max. focal length covered

     Max. focal length covered = mm

[Show/hide parameter description]

In case of zooms, min. and max. focal length covered specify the minimum required range that must be covered by a lens, and in case of primes these parameters give the boundaries for the search. You can leave one or both of these values empty.

 

Lens brightness (max. aperture / F-number)

Any value    Only specific value
     How important is this parameter to you?

[Show/hide parameter description]

A bright lens (one whose max. aperture is large) allows taking photos in low-light situations as well as having a very narrow depth of field (DOF) meaning that for example any distracting background can be nicely blurred. Contrary to somewhat popular opinion, this is a very important parameter and it can't be compensated by image stabilization or high ISO. Many interesting photos simply cannot be taken without ability to use a narrow DOF.

 

Weight

Any value    Only specific value
     How important is this parameter to you?

 

Lens length

Any value    Only specific value
     How important is this parameter to you?

 

Filter diameter

     Filter diameter = mm

[Show/hide parameter description]

This parameter can be important if you often use filters and don't want to have to purchase many different sizes. You can leave this field empty if you want to search for all filter sizes.

 

Closest focusing distance

Any value    Only specific value
     How important is this parameter to you?

[Show/hide parameter description]

If you want to take macro photos, you will want this parameter to be as low as possible. Keep in mind that even though long focal lengths will have higher values, they may give larger magnifications.

 

Number of lens elements

Any value    Only specific value
     How important is this parameter to you?

[Show/hide parameter description]

The higher the number of elements, the more likely the lens will be exposed to flare.