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Lenses are the eyes through which the camera sees, the camera is only as good as the lens through which it captures an image. Also, when you consider digital photography, you may realize that the camera has undergone many changes, it is an evolving piece of technology which changes at an incredible speed, therefore, what you have today, you may as well trash tomorrow for the next best thing. However, although technology has crept into some aspects of a lens, the lens has remained relatively unchanged since the beginning of the history of photography, actually, some of the best lenses out there are the ones your parents and grandparents may have used. Keeping this in mind, you are much better off spending a bundle on a lens then you are spending your paycheck or two on the DSLR.
 

In the following list categorized by brand and level, I included the top equipment in its class with links to further reviews and information. I choose three reviewers which will give you a perfect and accurate overview of these lenses, dpreview from a more professional and organized analytical perspective, Thom Hogan from a in the field perspective, and the controversial Ken Rockwell from a more joe to joe perspective. I will provide you with a quick summary and links to detailed reviews on the best tools of the trade.
Under the FX section you will find the best lenses each manufacturer makes, most will also work with your camera and will give you generally better results then any DX lens.
   
FX Lenses Nikon & Canon prime lenses Nikon & Canon speciality prime lenses Nikon zooms Canon zooms
   Nikon 50mm 1.8 Nikon 600mm f4 Nikon top lenses Canon top lenses
         
 

1) 50mm f/1.2, 1.4 or 1.8
2) 85mm f/1.4 or 1.8 (nikon) or
-- 85mm f/1.2 or 1.8 (canon)
3) 35mm f/1.4
-The Nikon and Canon 50mm are legendary and each, a do it all lens (normal on FX) the 1.8 is amazing and
the cheapest lens nikon has.
-The 85mm is the choice for portraits
and general photography, worth the investment but rather pricy.
-The 35mm is a great general photography lens and gives you a moderatelly wide angle on an fx body (35mm is a 50mm on DX)

Wide&fisheye
1) 14mm f/2.8 nikon and canon
-- 16mm f/2.8 fisheye nikon and
-- 15mm f/2.8 fisheye canon

Telefoto
2) 500 or 600mm f/4 both in canon and nikon mount they are a 10/10

Micro/Macro
3) 105mm micro (nikon) or
-- 100mm macro (canon)

THE BEST:
-mid-range: 24-70mm f/2.8
-tele: 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II
-wide: 16-35mm f/4
-ultra wide: 14-24mm f/2.8
Nikon 24-70 2.8 is an amazing lens, actually as good or better then the primes in its range.
Nikon 70-200 2.8 is yet another amazing lens, praised for its speed, sharpness, and contrast it delivers.
Nikon 14-24 2.8 is actually legendary, incredible wide field of view and as good or better then the primes in its range.

THE BEST:
-mid-range: 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
-tele: 70-200mm f/2.8 L II IS
-wide: 16-35mm f/2.8 L II
-ultra wide: canon does not have any
  Review by KenRockwell - nikon
Review by KenRockwell - canon
dpreview
  Review by KenRockwell
dpreview
Review by KenRockwell
dpreview
         
DX Lenses Nikon zooms Canon zooms    
  Nikon 18-200mm VR II Canon 17-
     
 

1) 17-55mm f/2.8G DX
2) 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR II
3) 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR (FX lens)
4) 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
5) 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX
and any other fx lens you want to mount onto your DX body will >work, with some exceptions, as some lenses will not auto focus on some entry DX bodies

One thing to note is that every lens has 1.5x the magnification stated by the designation ... meaning your 35mm will esentially become a 50mm on a DX body.

1) 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
2) 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
3) 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
4) 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
5) 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

  Review by KenRockwell
Thom Hogan
dpreview
Review by KenRockwell
dpreview
   
   
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