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#1

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

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 30 mm
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Diameter 65 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 16 mm
#2

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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Fixed aperture No
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Length 72 mm
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Max focal length 18 mm
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Diameter 75 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Min focal length 10 mm
#3

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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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 101 mm
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Diameter 75 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm
#4

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6

Panasonic Lumix G Vario  12-32mm f/3.5-5.6
 
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Quite short
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24 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 2.7x
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 24 mm
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Max focal length 32 mm
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Diameter 56 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 12 mm
#5

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6

Panasonic Lumix G Vario  45-150mm f/4-5.6
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 3.3x
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 73 mm
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Diameter 62 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 45 mm
#6

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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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 108 mm
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Diameter 64 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Min focal length 55 mm
#7

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II

Olympus M.Zuiko  ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II
 
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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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Fixed aperture No
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Length 117 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 69 mm
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Aperture f/4.8
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Min focal length 75 mm
#8

Sony E-Mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Sony E-Mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 60 mm
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Max focal length 55 mm
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Diameter 62 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm
#9

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon F

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon F

"This lens is really great. The picture quality is awsome. It can make great proxy. I've shot a picture of a spider and i can see the hair over his eyes." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/2.8
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Zoom range 4.1x
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 82 mm
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Max focal length 70 mm
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Diameter 79 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Min focal length 17 mm
#10

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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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Zoom range 4.4x
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 107 mm
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Diameter 84 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 24 mm