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Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
 
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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Zoom range 1.8x
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Length 72 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Aperture f/4.5
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Max focal length 18 mm
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Min focal length 10 mm
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Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G

"This lens is light weight, easy to remove from camera and very easy to focus. I used jut this and my 18mm-55mm lenses. I would enthusiastically reccomend to a friend." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Focus motor None
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Length 117 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

"The optics are everything that I had expected and more." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Zoom range 4.4x
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Length 107 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Min focal length 24 mm
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Length 111 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 4x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 122 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

"There are two things that impressed me as soon as I started to use it. It's sharpness is great at all focal lenghts and all apertures all the way to F16 ." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Focus motor Tamron USD
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Length 150 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

"The lens is fast and sharp. A real joy to use." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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Wide aperture
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f/2.8
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 132 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 70 mm
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Min focal length 24 mm
#8

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable
 
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Quite short
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30 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 30 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Min focal length 16 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
 
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Great zoom range
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7.8x
 
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Nikon VR
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 97 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

"I recently took a trip up and down the coast of California and took only this one lens...it worked perfectly! I could not have been happier with the results." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 119 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm