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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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f/1.8
 
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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 Generic motor
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Diameter 69 mm
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Fisheye No
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 41 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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Supports autofocus
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Easier to use
 
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Small diameter
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64 mm
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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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Min focal length 50 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 38 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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Min focal length 50 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 62 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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64 mm
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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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Min focal length 50 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 43 mm
#5

Pentax SMC DA 50mm f/1.8

Pentax SMC  DA 50mm f/1.8
 
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f/1.8
 
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Small diameter
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64 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 64 mm
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Fisheye No
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 38 mm
#6

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

"Great lens, Super sharp for both macro and portraits. It is my most used portrait lens. Wonderful fast focus, good build quality." 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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Min focal length 60 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 70 mm
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Pentax SMC FA 50mm f/1.4

Pentax SMC  FA 50mm f/1.4

"The pictures are very sharp. Low light is fantastic. I have not found anything I dislike about it." bhphotovideo.com

 
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f/1.4
 
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Easier to use
 
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Small diameter
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64 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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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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Min focal length 50 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 38 mm
#8

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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Min focal length 100 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 74 mm
#9

Pentax SMC DA FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro

Pentax SMC  DA FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro

"I bought this in conjunction with the 160fc ringflash, perfect match for this lens.. Aside from being exellent at macro, I found this lens to be stuningly vibrant and contrasty for normal shooting.." 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 Generic motor
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Diameter 81 mm
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Fisheye No
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Min focal length 100 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 64 mm
#10

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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Min focal length 9 mm
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Auto focus No
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Length 13 mm