The 30 Most Popular DSLR Lenses with our Readers

Over the last week we’ve published posts revealing the most popular DSLRs and Compact System cameras among our readers (based upon what they’ve been buying in the last 3 months).

Today we’re looking at the best selling and most popular DSLR Lenses*.

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This list is completely dominated by Canon and Nikon lenses so we’ve decided to break them out separately into two lists and then have put the 6 other lenses (from a variety of manufacturers) into a third list.

Note: at this stage we didn’t see any major trends in lenses for compact camera systems which is why we’ve not featured any hear. We expect this market to grow as the mirroless/compact system cameras continue to grow in popularity.

Canon DSLR Lenses

1. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens


2. Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM


3. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM


4. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III


5. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM


  1. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
  2. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
  3. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
  4. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
  5. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens
  6. Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM
  7. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro

Nikon DSLR Lenses

1. Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX


2. Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX


3. Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR


4. Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX


5. Nikon 50mm f/1.4G SIC SW Prime AF-S


  1. Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF
  2. Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro
  3. Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S
  4. Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S
  5. Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II AF-S
  6. Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II
  7. Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR AF-S DX

And also worth noting are the following other lenses made by other manufacturers.

Other DSLR Lenses

  1. Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro. (for Nikon DSLRs) Also available for Canon,Minolta and Sony and Pentax cameras.
  2. Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro (for Canon DSLRs). Also available for Nikons, Konica Minolta and Sony and Pentax cameras.
  3. Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO (For Canon DSLRs). Also available for Nikon and Sony cameras.
  4. Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 HD Aspherical Fisheye for Canon DSLRs.
  5. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II (for Nikon DSLRs). Also available for Canon and Sony and Minolta cameras.
  6. Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II (for Canon DSLRs), Nikon, Konica Minolta and Sony and Pentax.

*Note: as with our previous best seller lists this list was compiled from reports supplied to us from where we are affiliates. One of the ways dPS is able to cover its costs and be a sustainable business is that we earn a small commission when readers make a purchase from Amazon after clicking on our links (including those above). While no personal details are passed on we do get an overall report from Amazon about what was bought and are able to create this list.

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