We considered hundreds of lenses and asked the world's top photographers their recommendations. Answer 5 questions and we'll find your new lens.
What camera system do you shoot?
Top Photographers Who Contributed to the Lens Finder Project
Ben Von Wong Lindsay Adler Jim Harmer Martin Bailey Juan Pons Darin Mellor Jim Goldstein Victor Bezrukov Ian Plant Jeff Cable Brendan Van Son Josh Rossi Ken Kamineski
About the Lens Nerd
This lens finder is–by far–the most ambitious project we've ever undertaken at Improve Photography. The lens finder asks you a series of questions about what you want in a lens, and then considers hundreds of lenses in a database and finds the perfect lens for you.
I didn't want the lens finder's recommendations to be solely mine, so I called in favors to some of the top photographers in the world to provide their expertise in lens selection. I asked these photographers to contribute their lens suggestions on the areas in which they are expert–Martin Bailey and Juan Pons on wildlife photography, Lindsay Adler and Ben Von Wong on Portrait Photography, Jim Goldstein and Ian Plant on landscape and night photography, etc. The lens recommendations are the result of hundreds of years of collective photography experience among the contributors.
We seriously considered charging for access to the lens finder, but it's too valuable to photographers to keep behind a pay wall.
The Lens Nerd is an amazing project, but it will always be a work in progress as new lenses are announced and recommendations are improved based on feedback. Please understand that lens choices are a matter of personal preference. There are no “rights” or “wrongs” but we do want your feedback if you feel that a recommendation could be improved. Please submit suggestions and bug reports in the comments for the answer page you land on.
I have spent hundreds of hours of work on this project, so I sincerely hope you enjoy it, and will find it useful enough to share.