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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX

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"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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Diameter n/a
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 35 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 35 mm
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Length n/a
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Weight 200 g
#2

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

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Focus motor Canon STM
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Diameter 69 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 41 mm
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Weight 162 g
#3

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Diameter 71 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 53 mm
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Weight 187 g
#4

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

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"Perfect photos at 65 mph at f8 @1/800! This lens lets in lots of light so I can use a fast shutter and get absolutely no blur at highway speeds." bhphotovideo.com

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Focus motor None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 38 mm
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Weight 156 g
#5

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

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"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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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Diameter 74 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 53 mm
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Weight 281 g
#6

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

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Focus motor Canon STM
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Diameter 68 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 24 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 24 mm
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Length 23 mm
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Weight 125 g
#7

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

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"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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Diameter 78 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Min focal length 100 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Length 123 mm
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Weight 0.6 kg
#8

Sony FE 28mm f/2

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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 64 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 28 mm
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Aperture f/2
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Max focal length 28 mm
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Length 60 mm
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Weight 200 g
#9

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8

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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 58 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 17 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 17 mm
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Length 36 mm
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Weight 120 g
#10

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II

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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 63 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 20 mm
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Aperture f/1.7
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Max focal length 20 mm
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Length 26 mm
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Weight 87 g