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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

"The images it creates are very sharp, even wide open, and the colors and contrast are great. It's not a huge lens and doesn't stick out on the street like a white 70-200 or anything of that nature." bhphotovideo.com

 
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$900.99
 
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135 mm
 
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112 mm
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Min focal length 135 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Length 112 mm
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Diameter 81 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Aperture f/2
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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

"It's worked great so far, especially in low light situations like indoor events or taking pics at dusk." bhphotovideo.com

 
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$656.49
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Min focal length 200 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Length 137 mm
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Diameter 84 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Aperture f/2.8
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 85mm f/3.5G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 85mm f/3.5G ED VR

"Lightweight, accurate, precise. I tried it out at a friends backyard and took closeup pictures of flowers. You can actually see the texture of the petals." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
 
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$526.95
 
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85 mm
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Min focal length 85 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 85 mm
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Weight 355 g
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Length 99 mm
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Diameter 74 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Aperture f/3.5
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Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

"Great lens. I used it with my Canon 1D Mark IV and it is combo that works wonderfully for wildlife!" bhphotovideo.com

 
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800 mm
 
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Canon IS
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Min focal length 800 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 800 mm
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Weight 4.5 kg
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Length 460 mm
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Diameter 163 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Aperture f/5.6
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Nikon Nikkor DC 135mm f/2D

Nikon Nikkor DC 135mm f/2D

"This is THE BEST Nikon lens as far as portrait glass goes, it has quality all over it. Built like a tank, pricey, but worth every penny." bhphotovideo.com

 
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$1,391.95
 
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135 mm
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Min focal length 135 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Length 119 mm
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Diameter 79 mm
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Focus motor None
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Aperture f/2
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Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Canon EF

Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Canon EF
 
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$499.00
 
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135 mm
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Min focal length 135 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Length 122 mm
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Diameter 82 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/2
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Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
 
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85 mm
 
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f/1.4
 
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86 mm
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Min focal length 85 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 85 mm
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Weight 0.7 kg
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Length 86 mm
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Diameter 86 mm
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Aperture f/1.4
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Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro
 
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$569.00
 
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105 mm
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Min focal length 105 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Weight 0.7 kg
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Length 127 mm
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Diameter 79 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/2.8
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Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM

Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM
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Min focal length 180 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Max focal length 180 mm
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Weight 1.6 kg
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Length 204 mm
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Diameter 95 mm
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Aperture f/2.8
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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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$99.00
 
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64 mm
 
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100 mm
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Min focal length 100 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Weight 340 g
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Length 64 mm
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Diameter 81 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/2.8