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

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"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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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/3.5
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Min focal length 18 mm
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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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Weight 455 g
#2

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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Aperture f/4.5
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Zoom range 1.8x
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Min focal length 10 mm
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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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Weight 240 g
#3

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

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"I love the crispness and clarity in the pictures." bhphotovideo.com

 
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300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 76 mm
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Length 117 mm
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Weight 435 g
#4

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

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30 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Aperture f/3.5
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Min focal length 16 mm
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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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Weight 116 g
#5

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount

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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Aperture f/4.5
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Diameter 64 mm
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Length 108 mm
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Weight 345 g
#6

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

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"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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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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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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Weight 0.6 kg
#7

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Canon EF

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"I would strongly recommend the zoom telephoto AF70-300 mm Macro Autofocus Lens. I used it on the deer and wild turkeys in my backyard. It was easy for a person with arthritis to use. Loved the autofocus." 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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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 76 mm
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Length 117 mm
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Weight 435 g
#8

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon F

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Great zoom range
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13.9x
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Aperture f/3.5
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Zoom range 13.9x
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Diameter 74 mm
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Length 89 mm
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Weight 472 g
#9

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro

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"The lens focus is very fast and allows you to take sharp pictures" 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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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 77 mm
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Length 120 mm
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Weight 0.5 kg
#10

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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"Great zoom, excellent clarity!! It goes perfect on my canon T2i." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 76 mm
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Length 142 mm
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Weight 0.6 kg