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?

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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.

Jim Harmer


  1. Do you know where i could buy one of those $1.1 Billion TMT Telescope Lense? Also i need a polarizing filter for that too. I tried searching a 98mm polarizing filter on google but didn’t get any results :/

    P.S I went to do the finder properly and the cache/cookie isn’t getting reset, so once i’ve chosen my camera format when i click find my lens it doesn’t go to the next step in the process. Nice finder anyways!

  2. I suggest u to include camera models also , because many are not aware what is full frame camera or crop camera , for example I use Nikon D7000 camera iam yet to explore whether my camera is full frame, or crop
    thanks in advance jagannath

  3. In the landscape recommendation for a crop body it states, “Because of the crop factor, you can’t get a full-frame landscape lens and use it on a crop sensor body.”

    This is incorrect. Of course you can use full frame glass on a crop body, and it should be recommended to buy FF glass so if you one day upgrade to FF you’ll already have some lenses for it. No, you will not be able to get as wide because of the crop, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it.

  4. It looks like it will be years before you get around to Sony A mount lenses.

    How sad.

  5. So I’m just a Mom with a camera trying to get that awesome sports shot. I was wondering your thoughts on the Cannon 70-200 F2.8? I’m seeing prices around 1,900 Is this lens worth it for a nonprofessional? Since it’s sport I need fast sharp quality!

  6. Wish I would have known how old the Canon 70-300mm USM lens was. I wouldn’t have bought a lens off of your recommendation if I had known it was from 2005 and that it is extremely noisy when it focuses. I wish you would have put that in the cons section for this lens.

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