Have your say: Best zoom lens of 2019
Best zoom lens of 2019
As always, there were a lot of high-quality zoom lenses released this year. These include several 'reference' models, as new full-frame mirrorless systems from Canon, Nikon and Panasonic start to mature. We've gone through everything that came out in 2019, and selected what we think are the standout prime lenses from the past 12 months, but as always - if you think we missed something, let us know in the comments.
Voting runs through December 15th, and once the vote has closed we'll run a second poll to find your choice for overall product of the year.
For Canon, 2019 was all about filling out its new EOS R full-frame mirrorless lineup. To that end, the company officially launched several new lenses, including the RF-mount 'holy trinity' of F2.8 zooms. From our initial shooting, these new lenses are truly impressive. Meanwhile, the RF 24-240mm is a versatile go-everywhere zoom for EOS R and RP shooters.
Do any of these new zooms deserve a place on our list of best lenses in 2019? Let us know by casting your vote.
- Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM
- Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM
Between them, the Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 and XF 16-80mm F4 fill out the company's medium format and APS-C lens lineups nicely, offering a versatile telephoto solution and handy walk-around travel zoom lens range, respectively.
Both are great lenses, but do either of them get your vote for best zoom lens of 2019? Cast your vote and let us know.
Nikon is slowly expanding its Z-mount mirrorless lens lineup, and this year released two full-frame zoom lenses, the 14-30mm F4 and 24-70mm F2.8. Both are sharp, practical, weather-sealed options for Z6 and Z7 shooters, but are they among the best zoom lenses released in 2019?
Olympus has mostly focused on new cameras in 2019, but the company did release one zoom lens, designed for mid-range and entry-level M43 cameras. The 12-200mm F4 covers a useful equivalent focal length range of 24-400mm, making it ideal for travel and everyday photography. Let us know if you think it has a place on our list of best 2019 zoom lenses.
Of the several zoom lenses that Panasonic released in 2019, the majority are for its new S1-range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. But alongside its new S-range, Panasonic also released the 10-25mm F1.7 - a fast 20-50mm equivalent zoom for Micro Four Thirds. Cast your vote and let us know if any of them deserve a place in our list of best lenses released in 2019.
- Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm F1.7 ASPH
- Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm F4 Macro OIS
- Panasonic Lumix S Pro 24-70mm F2.8
- Panasonic Lumix S Pro 70-200mm F4 OIS
Sigma's range of 'DN' (Digital Native) lenses designed from scratch for mirrorless is growing, and this year saw the launch of two. We've only just got our hands on the 14-24mm and we're still waiting for the 24-70mm, but we have high hopes for both. Are you among the lucky few that have used either? Either way, let us know what you think.
Sony finally answered a lot of its a6000-series fans' prayers this year with some new zooms for APS-C. The 16-55mm F2.8 in particular is a pricey lens, but it's a great companion for the a6600. Meanwhile, the 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 is designed for sports and wildlife enthusiasts using a7 and a9-series full-frame cameras. Do any of these zooms make your list for best lenses of 2019? Cast your vote now.
Tamron released two zoom lenses this year for full-frame - the 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD for Sony E-mount and the 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. They're designed for different users, and for different kinds of photography. The 17-35mm helps fill out Tamron's native mirrorless lineup with a wide-angle option, while the 35-150mm is a lens intended specifically to appeal to portrait photographers.
What do you think of them? Cast your vote and let us know.
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