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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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Focus motor Canon STM
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Zoom range 1.8x
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/4.5
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Max focal length 18 mm
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Length 72 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 10 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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Canon IS
 
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Great telephoto lens
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250 mm
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Length 111 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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

"This is a great universal lens. the color is good and the quality is crisp- just what you would expect from a canon lens." 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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Focus motor Canon USM
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Zoom range 4.4x
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Length 107 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Min focal length 24 mm
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Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

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

"Unbeatable value for money in comparison to competing mid-range zoom lenses when it comes to outdoor, sport and wildlife photopraphy." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Focus motor None
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 117 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 70 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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 4x
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 122 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

"The photos have more vivid colors and a better sharp than my other normal lense. Its really great." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
 
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Great zoom range
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7.5x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Length 101 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

"The ease of use is fantastic. Lightweight,fast lens everything I need to capture the constant action of rugby." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Aperture f/4.5
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 122 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 55 mm
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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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 30 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 16 mm
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Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Aperture f/4.5
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Length 108 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
 
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Canon IS
 
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Great zoom range
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7.5x
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Length 96 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 18 mm