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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length n/a
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 187 g
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#2

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

"The ease of use is fantastic. Lightweight,fast lens everything I need to capture the constant action of rugby."

 
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Nikon VR
 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 123 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Weight 0.6 kg
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Min focal length 55 mm
#3

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. "

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
 
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Quite short
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41 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 41 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 132 g
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#4

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."

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
 
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Quite short
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38 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Focus motor None
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Length 38 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 154 g
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#5

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

"Perfect lens for hand held shooting. Image Stabilizer makes it the perfect choice for shooting at slow shutter speeds."

 
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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length n/a
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 390 g
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Nikon Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX

Nikon Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX

"Focusing to 9" (film plane) it meets my needs perfectly. Vibration reduction is a definite plus as I do not like dealing with a tripod but shoot most of my photos "hand-held.""

 
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Nikon VR
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 55 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 79 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Weight 265 g
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Min focal length 18 mm
#7

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."

 
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7.5x
 
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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 101 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Weight 455 g
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Min focal length 18 mm
#8

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon-f

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon-f

"The macro is incredible for flowers, butterflies, pretty much anything you would want to get 1:2."

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 119 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 0.6 kg
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
#9

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."

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 54 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Weight 280 g
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#10

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

"I think this is a great basic lens for those who are experienced photographers but don't want to drag a big camera bag with multiple lens everywhere."

 
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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 55 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 70 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Weight 200 g
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Min focal length 18 mm