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

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"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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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 35 mm
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Image stabilization None
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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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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 35 mm
#2

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

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Focus motor Canon STM
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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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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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#3

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 53 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 71 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#4

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

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"This is a MUST OWN lens in the Nikon AF line. Not only sharp and fast, but my favorite perspective and CHEAP to buy! It's the best way to learn how ALL of the photojournalists in the 40s-70s shot EVERYTHING they printed." bhphotovideo.com

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Focus motor None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 38 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 64 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#5

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

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

 
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Great zoom range
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7.5x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 101 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 75 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Min focal length 18 mm
#6

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

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Canon IS
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Max focal length 18 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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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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Zoom range 1.8x
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Min focal length 10 mm
#7

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

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"I love how light weight and compact this lens is. Its sharpness at 1.4 is amazing." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 53 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Diameter 74 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#8

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

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"I love the crispness and clarity in the pictures." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
 
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Great zoom range
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4.3x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 117 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 76 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
#9

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

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Sony SteadyShot
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 30 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 65 mm
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Min focal length 16 mm
#10

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount

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Sony SteadyShot
 
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Great telephoto lens
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210 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 108 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Diameter 64 mm
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Min focal length 55 mm