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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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Min focal length 35 mm
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Image stabilization None
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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
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

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Focus motor Canon STM
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 41 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Diameter 69 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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Min focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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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
#4

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

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"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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Image stabilization None
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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
#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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Min focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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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
#6

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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Image stabilization None
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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
#7

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8

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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 17 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 36 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 17 mm
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Diameter 58 mm
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Weight 120 g
#8

Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS

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Sony SteadyShot
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 35 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 45 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 35 mm
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Diameter 65 mm
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Weight 155 g
#9

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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Image stabilization None
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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
#10

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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Image stabilization None
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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