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Best Interchangeable & SLR lenses

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Interchangeable & SLR lenses

Best Interchangeable & SLR lenses

We tested 23 interchangeable & slr lenses to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Interchangeable & SLR lens based on the following criteria:

  • Veiling glare index
  • Weight (oz.)
  • Vignetting
  • Image quality
  • Modulation transfer function
  • Reflexes within lens (Flare)
  • Macro performance
  • Geometric distortion
  • Image stabilization
  • Ease of use

Below lists the Interchangeable & SLR lenses that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Interchangeable & SLR lens is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Interchangeable & SLR lenses

Best Interchangeable & SLR lens for Veiling glare index

Veiling glare index is a ratio that measures the effect of flare on image contrast.


This Interchangeable & SLR lens which tested best for Veiling glare index has the following features: Kit bodies, Zoom ratio and Bayonet.

Best Interchangeable & SLR lens for Weight (oz.)

Weight of the lens (without case, pouch or filters).


This Interchangeable & SLR lens which tested best for Weight (oz.) has the following features: Kit bodies, Zoom ratio and Bayonet.

Best Interchangeable & SLR lens for Vignetting

Vignetting is a lens defect that occurs when the light coming through the lens does not do so evenly. An image that has a lot of vignetting, for example, will have darker or underexposed corners in comparison to the center of the image.


This Interchangeable & SLR lens which tested best for Vignetting has the following features: Kit bodies, Zoom ratio and Bayonet.

Best Interchangeable & SLR lens for Image quality

Image quality is based on tests of sharpness (modulation transfer function), geometric distortion, reflexes within the lens (flare), veiling glare index, vignetting, and macro performance.


This Interchangeable & SLR lens which tested best for Image quality has the following features: Kit bodies, Zoom ratio and Bayonet.

Best Interchangeable & SLR lens for Modulation transfer function

This is a measure of lens performance and shows how well a lens reproduces object detail in the image it produces.


This Interchangeable & SLR lens which tested best for Modulation transfer function has the following features: Kit bodies, Zoom ratio and Bayonet.

Best Interchangeable & SLR lens for Reflexes within lens (Flare)

Stray light in lenses and optical systems caused by reflections between surfaces of lens elements and the inside barrel of the lens.


This Interchangeable & SLR lens which tested best for Reflexes within lens (Flare) has the following features: Kit bodies, Zoom ratio and Bayonet.

Best Interchangeable & SLR lens for Macro performance

This test indicates the quality of an image in its closest focus.


This Interchangeable & SLR lens which tested best for Macro performance has the following features: Kit bodies, Zoom ratio and Bayonet.

Best Interchangeable & SLR lens for Geometric distortion

All lenses have degrees of geometric distortion, which will depict straight lines as slightly curved. Two most common types are barrel distortion and pin-cushion distortion. These types of distortions are often seen in zoom lenses at both ends of the zoom range.


This Interchangeable & SLR lens which tested best for Geometric distortion has the following features: Kit bodies, Zoom ratio and Bayonet.

Best Interchangeable & SLR lens for Image stabilization

An image stabilizer compensates for handheld camera shake. Optical (in the lens) and mechanical (in the camera body) image stabilizers are the best types to use, although some cameras include simulated stabilization, which is considered a less effective type than the others.


This Interchangeable & SLR lens which tested best for Image stabilization has the following features: Kit bodies, Zoom ratio and Bayonet.

Best Interchangeable & SLR lens for Ease of use

Ease of use is determined by how easy is it to do basic functions such as zooming, focusing and mounting the lens on the camera body.


This Interchangeable & SLR lens which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Kit bodies, Zoom ratio and Bayonet.