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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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 30 mm
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Diameter 65 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

"Clarity and color is amazing in low light situations. Also depth of field is amazingly tight at 1.4. I haven't had problems with the autofocus speed. For the price this lens 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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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Length 53 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 74 mm
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Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.4D

"Love this lens for those closeup shots. I needed a lens with a high F stop and I love to take portrait shots and it works great for them. The background blurs just like I needed it to!" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
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Focus motor None
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Length 43 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 64 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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f/1.8
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 35 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Length n/a
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter n/a
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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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Focus motor Canon STM
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 18 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Length 72 mm
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Zoom range 1.8x
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Diameter 75 mm
#6

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Auto focus No
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 12 mm
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Aperture f/2
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Length 58 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 73 mm
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Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.8D

"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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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
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Focus motor None
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Length 38 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 64 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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 101 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Diameter 75 mm
#9

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6

Panasonic Lumix G Vario  12-32mm f/3.5-5.6
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 32 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 24 mm
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Zoom range 2.7x
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Diameter 56 mm
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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6

Panasonic Lumix G Vario  45-150mm f/4-5.6
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Length 73 mm
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Zoom range 3.3x
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Diameter 62 mm