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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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Max focal length 50 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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Length 30 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 116 g
#2

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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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Aperture f/3.5
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Length 97 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 490 g
#3

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS
 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 5.8x
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Length 110 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Weight 482 g
#4

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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 135 mm
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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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Length 101 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 455 g
#5

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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Focus motor Canon USM
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.4x
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Length 107 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Weight 0.7 kg
#6

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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Max focal length 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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Length 117 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 425 g
#7

Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS

Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS
 
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Great zoom range
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10x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 240 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Aperture f/3.5
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Zoom range 10x
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Length 119 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 0.8 kg
#8

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
 
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Great zoom range
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11.1x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/3.5
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Zoom range 11.1x
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Length 102 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 0.5 kg
#9

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

"This is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever seen. Love it so much and is on my camera most of the time now." bhphotovideo.com

 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS II
 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Length n/a
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Weight 1.5 kg
#10

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

"This is a great zoom lens that raises the bar on the 70 - 200mm at the refurb price" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Aperture f/4.5
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Length 142 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 0.7 kg