I don’t know about you, but I always do a little research before dropping hundreds or thousands on a new lens. Not all review sites are the same, but between these select few you should be able to get a good idea of what to expect from any given lens you may be thinking of purchasing.
With the holiday season upon us, I thought I’d share a few links where you can find a good variety of lens reviews.
Don’t forget the used lens market either. I’ll cover that subject in a future post. For the time being, here are the web sites where I normally do my lens research.
Optical Limits: Good selection of reviewed lenses with actual test data.
DXOMARK: More focused (no pun intended) on optical quality but very good reference for comparing lenses on different camera bodies.
Imaging Resource: One of my favorite general photography web sites. They do a very nice job of testing and reviewing lenses and other gear. Nice articles too.
LensTip: With over 1,500 lenses reviewed, it’s definitely a place to visit. They have tested many lenses that other review sites seem to have missed.