Best DSLR camera lenses 2022

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It's always fun to upgrade to the best digital camera on the market. Shiny, new hardware is exciting. The truth, though, is that you'll grow more as a photographer and at a faster rate when you invest in better lenses, not a newer camera body. Quality glass is what makes or breaks a shot, not your camera brand or model. If you shoot with a DSLR, listen up! I've combed through my list of favorites, checked them twice, and can't wait to share the best DSLR camera lenses with you.

My final thoughts

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DSLRs are not the clunky, antiquated tools that mirrorless camera makers would have you believe. For professional landscape photographers and hobbyists, DSLRs still offer the best waterproofing and build quality available. Investing in high-quality glass is the single best thing you can do for your photographer. It doesn't matter if you're an enthusiast, a beginner, or you make a living with your camera.

As a landscape photographer, I rely on the Nikkor AF-S FX NIKKOR 16-35mm to grab fine details from the environment. Sunsets and vistas never looked so good! If you have a full-frame Nikon and are searching for a lens with a little zoom room and a constant aperture, this is the one you want. Yep, it's pricey, but it's worth every cent.

If you're a sports shooter or love to hang out in the woods waiting for the perfect moment to capture an elk walking toward you or an eagle flying overhead, you need the Canon EF 100-400mm lens. It's compact, has an impressive zoom range, and is water and dustproof. And if you just need one lens in your bag of tricks that can do everything, invest in the Tamron 16-300mm for Nikon DX cameras. It's quiet, has incredible range, and comes with a lens hood.

If you're looking for a fun instant camera to add to your collection, see our review of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9.

Jodi Owan works behind a keyboard and a camera. She's a freelance writer for iMore, Android Central, and Windows Central.