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Best Lens Release of 2013? | SLR Lounge Reader’s Choice

By Anthony Thurston on December 31st 2013


Over the next week, we will be conducting our Reader’s Choice polling. We are really curious to see what the best and worst of 2013 were in your eyes. 

OK, we have your opinions coming in on the Best Crop and Full Frame Cameras of 2013. Now, we are curious what you think the best lenses of 2013 are.

Unlike with the camera polls, we are not going to be able to have all of the lenses released in 2013 on the poll. There are simply too many for that to be feasible. So the poll choices that you have below are the top 15 lenses released over the last year. As with both the camera polls,  if you want to vote for something not on the list go ahead and leave a comment and we will count that as a vote.

So, here are your poll options for the Best Lens Release of 2013:











Voting Rules

You may select up to three (3) lenses as your best of 2013 choice(s). This is simply because we understand that these sorts of questions are rarely black and white and this gives you the opportunity to show your support to multiple lenses. It also makes the voting a bit more interesting.

If you only want to vote once, go ahead, but you have the option to select up to three(3).

What Was The Best Lens Release Of 2013?

  • (33%) Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8
  • (14%) Zeiss Otus 55mm F/1.4
  • (11%) Canon 200-400mm F/4 IS
  • (9%) Sigma 30mm F/1.4
  • (7%) Nikon 58mm F/1.4G
  • (5%) Sigma 24-105mm
  • (4%) Tamron 150-600mm F/5-6.3
  • (3%) Nikon 50mm F/1.8G Special Edition
  • (3%) Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm F/0.95
  • (3%) Nikon 80-400 F/4.5-5.6G
  • (3%) Sony FE 55mm F/1.8
  • (2%) Tokina 12-28mm F/4
  • (2%) Fuji-Film 10-24mm F/4
  • (1%) Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm F/1.2
  • (0%) Samsung NX 45mm F/1.8 2D/3D
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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. George

    Otus Is The Best Lens
    It’s Just hard to get one….I got one

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  2. Pat

    I guess you meant Sigma 35mm 1.4 because I don’t think the 30mm was released this year and that the 35mm 1.4 is probably the best quality/price ratio of the year!

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  3. Berneck

    You have Samsung and Tokina lenses on there, and omit the Olympus 12-40, under the notion that there are too many to mention? The Nikon “special edition”? Really? That lens just has different paint on it! The Olympus 12-40 has been one of the most talked about lenses, along with the E-M1 that is getting Camera of the Year all over the place. Should I also mention that some of these lenses can’t even be purchased yet? Not sure how something can be voted on when there aren’t even reviews or chances to use them….

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    • Anthony Thurston

      That Tokina lens is also very highly talked about as well, and to the Samsung people that lens could be a big deal too. There is always going to be someone left out, which is why we accept comments for votes (we simply cant have a poll with every possible option).

      It should not be taken as a slight on any lens that it is not on the physical poll.

      Happy New Year :)

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  4. jlw518

    Geez, you missed a really great one…..the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8. Fantastic lens…..

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    • Anthony Thurston

      As I mentioned, there are simply too many lenses released over the course of a year to get them all on one poll. We did our best to compile a good group of what we thought were the best here. Thanks for sharing your thoughts though, vote towards the Olympus 12-40mm will be counted :)

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