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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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Min focal length 50 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 53 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Diameter 74 mm
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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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Min focal length 50 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 43 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Diameter 64 mm
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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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Min focal length 35 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length n/a
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 35 mm
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Diameter n/a
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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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Min focal length 12 mm
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Auto focus No
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Length 58 mm
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Aperture f/2
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Max focal length 12 mm
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Diameter 73 mm
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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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Min focal length 50 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 38 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Diameter 64 mm
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Weight 156 g
#6

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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Min focal length 20 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 26 mm
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Aperture f/1.7
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Max focal length 20 mm
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Diameter 63 mm
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Weight 87 g
#7

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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Min focal length 19 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 46 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 19 mm
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Diameter 61 mm
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Weight n/a
#8

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Min focal length 24 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 23 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 24 mm
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Diameter 68 mm
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Weight 125 g
#9

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 53 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Diameter 71 mm
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Weight 187 g
#10

Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko  25mm f/1.8
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 25 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 41 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 25 mm
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Diameter 56 mm
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Weight 136 g