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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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Auto focus Yes
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 41 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 69 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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Auto focus Yes
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Length 101 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 75 mm
#3

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
 
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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Auto focus Yes
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Max focal length 18 mm
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Zoom range 1.8x
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Length 72 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Diameter 75 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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Great zoom range
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7.8x
 
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Nikon VR
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Auto focus Yes
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Length 97 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 78 mm
#5

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus Yes
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Max focal length 24 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 23 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Diameter 68 mm
#6

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus No
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 12 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 58 mm
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Aperture f/2
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Diameter 73 mm
#7

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II

Panasonic Lumix G  20mm f/1.7 II
 
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f/1.7
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus Yes
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 20 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 26 mm
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Aperture f/1.7
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Diameter 63 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

"Awesome lens, affordable, quality construction, noticably faster than older lens, definitely has improved picture quality/sharpness" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
 
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5.5x
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Auto focus Yes
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Length 122 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Diameter 76 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX

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

"Wonderful bokeh @ f/1.8, I never had a lens witch such wide aperture and results really stunning. " bhphotovideo.com

 
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f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus Yes
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 35 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length n/a
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter n/a
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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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Auto focus Yes
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Focus motor None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 38 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 64 mm