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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

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

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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 53 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 74 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Weight 281 g
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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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Focus motor None
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Length 43 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Weight 230 g
#3

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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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length n/a
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter n/a
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 35 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 200 g
#4

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 58 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 73 mm
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Auto focus No
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Min focal length 12 mm
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Aperture f/2
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Weight 255 g
#5

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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Focus motor None
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Length 38 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 156 g
#6

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Length n/a
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter n/a
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 35 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Weight 0.7 kg
#7

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

"Best lens I have bought in years. Of course, it produces great macros. But it can be used for portraits, even indoors. Portrait results blew me away." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Length 123 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Diameter 78 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 100 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Weight 0.6 kg
#8

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.8G
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 81 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 74 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 28 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 330 g
#9

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II

Panasonic Lumix G  20mm f/1.7 II
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 26 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 63 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 20 mm
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Aperture f/1.7
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Weight 87 g
#10

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Sony E

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Sony E
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 46 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 61 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 19 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Weight n/a