If you own an APS-C system camera and you're on the lookout for some amazingly sharp lenses to get your hands on heading into 2019 without breaking the budget, this top 10 list is absolutely perfect for you.
Christopher Frost has tested a total of 226 lenses over the years on his YouTube channel and he keeps a meticulous record of all the results. From that list, he's been able to compile a list of the 10 sharpest APS-C format lenses he's ever tested. In this video, he goes through the results, provides sample pictures for each lens, and expands on the benefits and features of each lens that made the cut.
The criteria he uses are very simple:
- The lenses must be APS-C format only
- They must be under $1,400
- They must be lenses he has actually tested himself
The results themselves are quite varied. It's interesting to note that four of the lenses are exclusively for mirrorless systems only, while the other six are for DSLR systems and mirrorless systems (as long as you have an adapter). Of further interest is that five of the lenses are prime lenses, while the other five are zoom lenses. There is a good range of manufacturers that make up the list, including Canon, Tamron, Samyang, Sigma, and Sony. One slight drawback to the results is that he has never tested any Nikon lenses and only a limited number of Fuji lenses.
So, what's the winner? The Samyang 85mm f/1.8 UMC CS. It is for mirrorless cameras only, but Frost is effusive in his praise and adamant that it deserves to top the list. What do you think? Are there any glaring omissions from the list or other lenses you thought might have appeared? I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences with APS-C lenses below.