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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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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Diameter 78 mm
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Length 97 mm
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Min focal length 18 mm
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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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Focus motor Canon STM
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Zoom range 1.8x
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Aperture f/4.5
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Max focal length 18 mm
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Diameter 75 mm
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Length 72 mm
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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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More advanced image stabilization
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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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Diameter 75 mm
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Length 101 mm
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Min focal length 18 mm
#4

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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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Diameter 70 mm
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Length 111 mm
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Min focal length 55 mm
#5

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 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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Focus motor Canon STM
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 55 mm
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Diameter 69 mm
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Length 75 mm
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Min focal length 18 mm
#6

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

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

"The macro is incredible for flowers, butterflies, pretty much anything you would want to get 1:2." 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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 76 mm
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Length 119 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
#7

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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Diameter 65 mm
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Length 30 mm
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Min focal length 16 mm
#8

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 POWER O.I.S.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario  14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 POWER O.I.S.
 
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10x
 
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Panasonic O.I.S.
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Image stabilization Panasonic O.I.S.
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 10x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Diameter 67 mm
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Length 75 mm
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Min focal length 14 mm
#9

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

"It is fast and accurate to focus. Better than my 70-30 NIkkor. It is also shaper at the 300mm end and quiet AF." 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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Focus motor Tamron USD
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 82 mm
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Length 150 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
#10

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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 3.3x
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Diameter 62 mm
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Length 73 mm
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Min focal length 45 mm