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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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f/1.8
 
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Small diameter
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64 mm
 
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Supports autofocus
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Easier to use
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Aperture f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Focus motor None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Fisheye No
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Length 38 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS
 
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f/1.8
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Sony SteadyShot
 
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Small diameter
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62 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 62 mm
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Fisheye No
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Length 62 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 50 mm
#3

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

"I purchased this lens because it's small, sharp, fast, light and cheap. Something I can put on my Canon body and take with me on business trips " bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
 
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Supports autofocus
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Easier to use
 
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Small diameter
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69 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 69 mm
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Fisheye No
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Length 41 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 50 mm
#4

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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f/1.4
 
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Small diameter
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64 mm
 
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Supports autofocus
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Easier to use
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Aperture f/1.4
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Image stabilization None
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Focus motor None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Fisheye No
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Length 43 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 50 mm
#5

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

"Great lens! I use this lens to take pictures of sporting events indoors, volleyball and basketball. The lens has proven itself time and time again. It is so fun to see the images that the lens captures. Highly recommended for indoor sports with low light." bhphotovideo.com

 
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f/2
 
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Aperture f/2
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Image stabilization None
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Diameter 75 mm
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Fisheye No
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Length 74 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 100 mm
#6

Olympus 9mm f/8 Body Cap

Olympus 9mm f/8 Body Cap
 
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Fisheye
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Extremely wide circular images
 
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Small diameter
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56 mm
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Aperture f/8
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Image stabilization None
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 56 mm
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Fisheye Yes
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Length 13 mm
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Auto focus No
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Min focal length 9 mm
#7

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

"More than satisfied with the sharp, fast focus, but even happier with portrait results." bhphotovideo.com

 
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f/2.8
 
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Easier to use
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization None
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Diameter 73 mm
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Fisheye No
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Length 70 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 60 mm
#8

Pentax SMC 35mm DA L f/2.4 AL

Pentax SMC 35mm DA L f/2.4 AL
 
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f/2.4
 
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Small diameter
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64 mm
 
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Supports autofocus
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Easier to use
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Aperture f/2.4
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Image stabilization None
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 64 mm
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Fisheye No
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Length 46 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 35 mm
#9

Lensbaby Spark 50mm f/5.6 Focus Nikon F

Lensbaby Spark 50mm f/5.6 Focus Nikon F
 
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Aperture f/5.6
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Image stabilization None
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter n/a
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Fisheye No
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Length n/a
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 50 mm
#10

Pentax SMC 07 Mount Shield 11.5mm f/9

Pentax SMC 07 Mount Shield 11.5mm f/9
 
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Small diameter
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41 mm
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Aperture f/9
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Image stabilization None
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 41 mm
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Fisheye No
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Length 7 mm
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Auto focus No
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Min focal length 11.5 mm