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Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable
 
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Sony SteadyShot
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Aperture f/3.5
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Auto focus Yes
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 30 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
 
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Nikon VR
 
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Great zoom range
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7.8x
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Aperture f/3.5
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Auto focus Yes
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 97 mm
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

"The photos have more vivid colors and a better sharp than my other normal lense. Its really great." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
 
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Great zoom range
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7.5x
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/3.5
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Auto focus Yes
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 101 mm
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
 
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Canon IS
 
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Great telephoto lens
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250 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/4
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Auto focus Yes
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 111 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX

"This lens has quickly become my default lens. It's very versatile, and the system allows focus to be tweaked manually after auto-focusing. For the price you can't beat it." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/1.8
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Auto focus Yes
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 35 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Length n/a
#6

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/2
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Auto focus No
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 12 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Length 58 mm
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

"Use it in low light or for portraits, or as a general walk around lens. It's the one that stays on my camera all the time now. " bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/1.8
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Auto focus Yes
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Length 41 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
 
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f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/1.8
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Auto focus Yes
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Length 53 mm
#9

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/1.8
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Auto focus Yes
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Zoom range 1.9x
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Max focal length 35 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 121 mm
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Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.8D

"Perfect photos at 65 mph at f8 @1/800! This lens lets in lots of light so I can use a fast shutter and get absolutely no blur at highway speeds." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/1.8
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Focus motor None
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Auto focus Yes
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Length 38 mm