Amazon launches Lens Finder Tool to help camera buyers select compatible lenses
posted Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1:34 PM EDT
If you're nosing around camera bodies on Amazon, you may have spotted a small link that says "Find Lenses for This Camera." This new feature will let you select manufacturer, camera line and camera body, and from there will display a listing of lenses compatible with your setup. You can even save the camera you've chosen to "Your Cameras" to get at it faster in the future, and limit lenses to one specific manufacturer or type.
The feature hasn't fully rolled out yet, and the link is only present from certain cameras, like the Nikon D7000 and Canon T4i -- even though other cameras can be selected from inside the tool. For instance, there's no link yet for the Olympus OM-D E-M5, but you can still see the options using the Lens Finder.
There appear to be different ways for you to select your camera -- for example, for Canon you can chose EOS (including full frame, crop and the M) or EOS Rebel, where it would seem to make more sense to divide by sensor size. There's also no mention of anything by Pentax, Samsung and others, and the list of cameras is primarily newer models. Hopefully Amazon will be extending the list as time goes by.
Amazon has introduced similar features previously to help make sure you glass matches your body. Amazon UK has had a simpler lens finder for some time, and if you look at specific lenses on Amazon, they'll often let you put in your camera make and model, and will tell you if it's compatible or not.