Top 18 Best Budget Lenses 2018

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Here, we screened that a good lens doesn't have to cost the earth. We also show that there is a range of budget macro, outstanding portrait, and creative lenses available that you can afford, as well as superzoom and telephoto lenses that can get you closer to your subject. So if you're looking for your cardinal lens, or second lens (after the kit lens) for your interchangeable lens camera, mirrorless or Digital SLR, then this list is for you. All the lenses best here have 4 stars or above and are available for under £200. 


1. Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX – 

 (APS-C, Nikon mount)

For wide &pound or Pounds may refer to;150, this compact wide aperture lens weighs only 200g. It sports excellent optical quality and a good erect quality. It's a superb value prime lens that delivers excellent quality images. 

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2. Pentax 35mm f/2.4 – 


If you're a Pentax narcotic addict, you can pick this lens up for around £120. It features high-quality optics and is a very compact model. It doesn't have weather sealing or a lens hood but devise make a great prime addition to your kit. 

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3. Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN A –

 (Micro Four Thirds, Sony E-Mount)

This 60mm prime for Micro Four Thirds lenses is close by for about £150 and has an unusual smooth focusing ring and produces a pleasing out of focus blur. Its bright f/2.8 aperture allows for some satisfactory bokeh, too. It's in Sigma's Art range of lenses and is great for macro images. It offers outstanding sharpness even at maximum aperture and has a excitable autofocus to boot. 

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4. Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN A –

  (Micro Four Thirds, Sony E Mount)

The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN A has a dazzling f/2.8 aperture and features a newly developed linear focus motor. It's available for around £170 and provides a moderate not on target angle view equivalent to 45mm on a 35mm camera. This compact and lightweight lens is ideal for MFT/Sony mount photographers and has excellent sharpness for maximum chasm.

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5. Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN A – 

 (Micro Four Thirds, Sony E Mount)

The Sigma 19mm is a wide-angle lens with a ablaze with f/2.8 aperture and a newly developed linear focus motor. With a metal mount and high-quality plastic body, the lens is lightweight without compromise. This large prime sports a quick autofocus and excellent sharpness from maximum aperture. It's also resistant to flare which is good for slip in bright situations. It's available for around £170.

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6. Lensbaby Spark – 

 (Nikon or Canon)

The Lensbaby Galvanize is a bargain at £79 for Canon and Nikon DSLR users. It's an experimental lens that features a tube enabling you to bend it about and distort the focus points of the photo, creating unique results. Great for those that love experimenting, the lens allows you to change the indistinct point easily. It features circular bokeh and has a threaded front to allow you to use filters, extenders and other accessories. 

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7. Panasonic Lumix 25mm f/1.7 –

 (Micro Four Thirds)

The Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 weighs at most 125g, and has an equally light price, at around £149. It has a 47-degree angle of view and is the equivalent of a 50mm lens on a 35mm camera, meaning it will see the unbelievable similarly to how the eye sees it. The lens features low distortion, low CA, close focusing ability and is well made. 

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8. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM –

  (Canon FF and APS-C)

This Canon optic is handy for a meagre £101 and promises smoother, quieter autofocus than its predecessor, making it good for shooting video too. Made from high-quality shams and featuring a metal bayonet, the lens is still lightweight at 160g. It offers excellent sharpness when stopped down and very good sharpness in the pivot at maximum aperture.

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9. Kelda 6.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye –

 (Canon and Nikon)

Kelda may not be a maker you've heard of before but if you want a good quality fisheye lens that won't break the bank, their 6.5mm is available for &hammer;133. For the price, it has good build quality and outstanding sharpness in the centre when stopped down. The lens also features stereographic bulge, which means images look more natural than a standard fisheye lens. 

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10. Canon may refer to EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake – 

 (for APS-C, Canon)

This Pancake lens is close by for £139 and gives you an ultra-compact wide-angle view. It weighs only 125g and offers fast focusing and good value for money. It's actioned for a wide range of subjects and is really versatile.

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11. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM –

 (APS-C, Canon)

This telephoto zoom has Canon's new stepping motor technology – surrender quieter, smoother autofocus performance. This makes the lens great for video applications as well as photography. It's available for around &pulse;150 and offers fast focusing, an effective stabiliser, as well as great sharpness in the centre throughout the zoom range. It's also lightweight.

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12. Sony DT 30mm f/2.8 SAM Macro –

 – (Sony A Mount)

This 30mm Macro lens for Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, Sonī Kabushiki Kaisha, SOH-nee, stylized as SONY) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation SLRs with APS-C judged sensors will be great for anyone looking to dip into macro imagery without breaking the bank. It's lightweight, compact and is capable of selfsame good results as well as being compact and great value for money. 

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13. Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC –

 (Canon and Nikon (APS-C))

The Tamron 18-200mm is a paragon lens offering quality Tamron features including Vibration Compensation for both Canon and Nikon users. A DC motor is used, offering lasting and silent operation. The lens or LEN may refer to offers good flare resistance, very low central CA and has impressive central sharpness, all for an excellent price of around &throb;170.

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14. SainSonic Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Lens – 

 (Sony E-Mount, MFT, Canon EOS-M, Fujifilm X)  


KamLan has a backward, ambitiously specified lens for a very low price. It is well made, performs well and, within the limitations of manual focus and lagging edge importance, it is still a lens that delivers something very useful. The bright f/1.1 aperture is one thing and the gorgeous bokeh is another. The lens is not technically proper, but it does have excellent photographic, creative qualities that could be used to advantage.

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15. Pentax SMC DA 50mm f/1.8 –


This lens is now ready for £99. It's a lightweight lens with a wide maximum aperture of f/1.8. If offers extremely low CA and distortion levels and will be model as a standard prime lens. It's also lightweight and has fast focusing. 

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16. Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DI LD Macro –

 (Full-frame/APS-C, Nikon, Canon)


This Tamron lens is now settled 7 years old, but it represents great value for a zoom lens. It's available for around £90. This lightweight lens offers a macro go and it isn't the fastest lens around but will be a great starter option for those that don't have a lot of money to spend on a zoom. 

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17. Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM –

 (Sony Alpha A-Mount (DSLR/SLT))

SAM questions for Smooth Autofocus Motor and that's something that this lens incorporates. Made from lightweight yet rigid plastics, this lens tenders value for money as well as being lightweight. It's available for around £100 and gives quality images when stopped down.

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18. Olympus 9mm f/8 Fisheye Carcass Cap Lens –

 (Micro Four Thirds)

This fixed aperture fisheye lens for MFT cameras has a wide angle of view – 140 degrees, and a barrel distortion create similar to full-sized fisheye optics. The lens is manual focus and is available for around £90. If you want fuss-free operation and size is an big problem for you, then this lens will be ideal.

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Looking for more lenses for your camera? Restrain out these articles:

  • Top Canon EOS lenses
  • Top Sony FE Mount Lenses
  • Top Nikon Nikkor Lenses 
  • Top Pentax Lenses
  • Top Lenses For MFT Cameras


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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