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5 Crop Sensor Lens Deals You Should Know About

By Anthony Thurston on February 25th 2015

It is easy to write off crop sensor lenses. If you shoot full frame, you most likely can’t take advantage of them (without a crop mode) and if you shoot a crop body, you are wary of investing in glass that will prevent you from ‘going full frame’ in the future.


Regardless, there are some great reasons to invest in crop sensor lenses, one of which being they are less expensive, and can offer the same, or similar results as bigger and more expensive full frame alternatives. The other is that, for many amateurs and hobbyists, going full frame is not important (or needed), so why spend more on glass when you won’t need it?

Today, I wanted to highlight 5 crop sensor lens deals that you should know about, so if you are looking for some new crop sensor glass, or you know someone who is, take a look and share the post!

5 Crop Sensor Lens Deals You Should Know About

  1. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II – $100 Savings (Expires February 28th)
  2. Pentax SMCP-DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED – $350 Svings
  3. Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 – $100 Savings (Expires February 28th)
  4. Pentax HD Pentax DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro – $150 Savings
  5. Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 – Save $150 (Expires Feb 28th)

What are your favorite crop sensor lenses? We want to know how you use your crop sensor lenses to produce great results. Comment and share below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Lakin Jones

    B&H is also selling the the Pentax Zoom Super Wide-Telephoto SMCP-DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for $878.00 ($418 off retail) saw that while looking at one of the other deals featured here.

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  2. J. Wolf

    You forgot the Tokina 11-16mm / f2.8 or its newer version the 11-20mm / f2.8.
    I simply love the aesthetics it provides for this price!

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  3. Amanda Jehle

    I usually don’t buy lenses specifically for my crop sensor, but I do have 1 that I truly love. It’s my Canon 60mm Macro. Canon makes an awesome 100mm Macro for full frames, but that’s 160mm for my T5i. Not a great focal length for my shooting style. The 60mm is an f/2.5, so I don’t use it for portraits where I want a lot of bokeh (I still break-out my nifty-50 for those), but I’ve used it A LOT for shooting indoors this winter because it allows me to be closer to my subject & still nail the focus.

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  4. John Cavan

    As far as I remember, the Pentax DA limited lenses actually cast an image circle for full frame. Some tests I see show some very minor vignetting on 35mm film cameras, so in the now full frame future of Pentax I don’t think that 35mm gem will hold you back. Part of this is because the Pentax lens line up hasn’t really seen a lot of movement since the film days, mostly because they’re very good lenses and Pentax kept changing hands, so it’s surprising how many are all set to go when people move to full frame.

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  5. Jonathan Heckel

    I own the Sigma 17-50 as a ‘kit lens’ for my Canon 50D and I absolutely love it! Build and image quality is really brilliant and I would recommend it to any new photographer instead of the ‘normal’ 18-55 kit lens that comes with the body. Buy the body only and get yourself a Sigma!;)

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    • Walid Isar

      Totally agree with that. The only con I see with Sigma 17-50 (compared to Nikon 18-55) is that the sigma weighs 3 times more than Nikon. Otherwise it takes much better images than Nikon 18-55.

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  6. Steve VanSickle

    I used to shoot with a Nikon D70, and D7000. Hands-down, one of my favorite medium-range lenses was Sigma’s 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro. Due to the nice focal range, and 1:2.3 reproduction ratio made for a very versatile piece of equipment.

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  7. Robert Lopez

    I shoot with Panasonic GH4, GX7 and video on black magic pocket cinema cam. My favorite all around lenses are the OIS group from panasonic, the basics, 12-35mm f2.8 and 35-100mm f2.8 and for portraits the Olympus 45mm f1.8 (using the GX7 for it’s in camera stabilization.) For fun shots I use the Panasonic 14mm, not the sharpest lens, but produces interesting images. Recently, I acquired a new Panasonic 12-32mm, f3.5-5.6, totally small and light and totally awesome. On the GX7, it’s so small its unnoticeable! Sharp centers and only a bit drop off at corners. Amazing for such a small, light lens with built in stabilization. I have since put up my 14-42mm for sale, as it’s now redundant!

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