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In an age of smartphones and Instagram, it's easy to forget that photography is still a technical medium. The right lens can make all the difference between a decent photo and a stunning one. But for most people, the cost of premium lenses is prohibitive—especially if you're just starting out. So we rounded up some of the best lenses for the money, from wide-angle primes to telephoto zooms. No matter what your budget or camera, there's something here for you.

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  1. Celestron - EclipSmart 2x Power Viewers Solar Eclipse Observing Kit - Blue/Black - Front_Zoom
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    "affordable...the product worked as advertised. very affordable and easy to use...Good quality, affordable pricing. Served us well for the 2024 eclipse!"

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    The Celestron EclipSmart 2x Power Viewers Solar Eclipse Observing Kit will provide excellent views of solar eclipses for you and a friend—at 2X magnification! These viewers go beyond traditional eclipse glasses with an extra boost in magnification to help you see sunspots and other details on the surface of the Sun.Power Viewers fold flat when not in use and expand into a 3-D mini binocular when you’re ready to view. Plus, Power Viewers are equipped with sturdy plastic lenses that boost your magnification. These Celestron EclipSmart 2x Solar Power Viewers are affordable and easy to use—with Solar Safe filter technology that conforms to the current ISO standard. This kit makes observing partial and total solar eclipses like the upcoming 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse and 2024 Total Solar Eclipse easy. You’ll receive two power viewers and a beautiful eclipse poster packed with helpful information, a city-by-city eclipse timetable, and a detailed map of the eclipse’s path. Solar Safe Technology: EclipSmart solar products feature Solar Safe filter technology—the ultimate protection from harmful solar radiation—including IR and UV light—plus 99.999% of visible light. Celestron Solar Safe filter technology is SAFE for direct observation of the Sun and has been independently tested to conform to and meet the transmission requirements of ISO 2312-2:2015(E), Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun, EN 1836:2005 + A1:2007 (E) for an E15 Filter for the Direct Observation of the Sun and AS/NZS 1338.1:2012, Filters for Eye Protectors. Important safety note: inspect your 2x Power Viewers before every use. Do not use and discard if any part of the viewer or the solar film inside is damaged, torn, punctured, or separated from the frame in any way. Do not use these viewers in combination with any magnifying optical device (i.e., telescopes, binoculars). Upcoming Eclipses: 2023 - On October 14, 2023, the famed “Ring of Fire” will encircle a darkened Moon during a spectacular annular eclipse. This special type of partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far from Earth to cover the Sun completely. The Sun’s corona is not visible during an annular eclipse. 2024 - On April 8, 2024, the Moon will completely cover the Sun during an awe-inspiring Total Solar Eclipse. Observers within the path of totality will witness the Sun’s dazzling corona, observe the “diamond ring” effect, and see day turn to night.
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    "affordable...the product worked as advertised. very affordable and easy to use...Good quality, affordable pricing. Served us well for the 2024 eclipse!"

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    The Celestron EclipSmart 2x Power Viewers Solar Eclipse Observing Kit will provide excellent views of solar eclipses for you and a friend—at 2X magnification! These viewers go beyond traditional eclipse glasses with an extra boost in magnification to help you see sunspots and other details on the surface of the Sun.Power Viewers fold flat when not in use and expand into a 3-D mini binocular when you’re ready to view. Plus, Power Viewers are equipped with sturdy plastic lenses that boost your magnification. These Celestron EclipSmart 2x Solar Power Viewers are affordable and easy to use—with Solar Safe filter technology that conforms to the current ISO standard. This kit makes observing partial and total solar eclipses like the upcoming 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse and 2024 Total Solar Eclipse easy. You’ll receive two power viewers and a beautiful eclipse poster packed with helpful information, a city-by-city eclipse timetable, and a detailed map of the eclipse’s path. Solar Safe Technology: EclipSmart solar products feature Solar Safe filter technology—the ultimate protection from harmful solar radiation—including IR and UV light—plus 99.999% of visible light. Celestron Solar Safe filter technology is SAFE for direct observation of the Sun and has been independently tested to conform to and meet the transmission requirements of ISO 2312-2:2015(E), Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun, EN 1836:2005 + A1:2007 (E) for an E15 Filter for the Direct Observation of the Sun and AS/NZS 1338.1:2012, Filters for Eye Protectors. Important safety note: inspect your 2x Power Viewers before every use. Do not use and discard if any part of the viewer or the solar film inside is damaged, torn, punctured, or separated from the frame in any way. Do not use these viewers in combination with any magnifying optical device (i.e., telescopes, binoculars). Upcoming Eclipses: 2023 - On October 14, 2023, the famed “Ring of Fire” will encircle a darkened Moon during a spectacular annular eclipse. This special type of partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far from Earth to cover the Sun completely. The Sun’s corona is not visible during an annular eclipse. 2024 - On April 8, 2024, the Moon will completely cover the Sun during an awe-inspiring Total Solar Eclipse. Observers within the path of totality will witness the Sun’s dazzling corona, observe the “diamond ring” effect, and see day turn to night.
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  2. NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 Standard Prime Lens for Nikon Z Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great quality lens from Nikon at an affordable price. Have no complaints....Lovely affordable lens"

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    The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 excels at the capture of daily snapshots comfortably and intuitively. What’s more, you can respond immediately to the fast changing moments of street photography; and more. Get excellent image quality with its street smart 28mm perspective—42mm on DX cameras (35mm equivalent) and fast f/2.8 maximum aperture.
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    "Great quality lens from Nikon at an affordable price. Have no complaints....Lovely affordable lens"

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    The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 excels at the capture of daily snapshots comfortably and intuitively. What’s more, you can respond immediately to the fast changing moments of street photography; and more. Get excellent image quality with its street smart 28mm perspective—42mm on DX cameras (35mm equivalent) and fast f/2.8 maximum aperture.
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  3. Canon - RF16mm F2.8 STM Wide Angle Prime Lens for EOS R-Series Cameras - Black - Left_Zoom
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    "I highly recommend this lens.. and also its affordable compared to other lenses.....Excellent, Affordable Prime Lens...A must have, affordable prime lens for an RF camera user."

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    Compact, versatile, speedy and affordable, the new RF16mm F2.8 STM lens is a terrific complement to any EOS R series digital camera. Offering an ultra-wide angle of view and a bright f/2.8 aperture, it's an excellent choice whether taking interior photos in tight spaces, seeking out the perfect landscape, or as the perfect webcam lens when used in combination with an EOS camera and EOS Webcam Utility on a video call. With a 16mm F2.8 lens, you can experiment with enhancing perspectives, capturing starscapes, or with the close focusing distance of 5.11 inches, get up close to your subject while still keeping the background more visible. Video users will find this ultra-wide lens a natural for vlogging, especially with its supremely light weight. With its remarkable combination of optical excellence and refined performance, all in a small package that's easy to bring most anywhere, the RF16mm F2.8 STM is a stellar companion to any EOS R series digital camera.
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    "I highly recommend this lens.. and also its affordable compared to other lenses.....Excellent, Affordable Prime Lens...A must have, affordable prime lens for an RF camera user."

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    Compact, versatile, speedy and affordable, the new RF16mm F2.8 STM lens is a terrific complement to any EOS R series digital camera. Offering an ultra-wide angle of view and a bright f/2.8 aperture, it's an excellent choice whether taking interior photos in tight spaces, seeking out the perfect landscape, or as the perfect webcam lens when used in combination with an EOS camera and EOS Webcam Utility on a video call. With a 16mm F2.8 lens, you can experiment with enhancing perspectives, capturing starscapes, or with the close focusing distance of 5.11 inches, get up close to your subject while still keeping the background more visible. Video users will find this ultra-wide lens a natural for vlogging, especially with its supremely light weight. With its remarkable combination of optical excellence and refined performance, all in a small package that's easy to bring most anywhere, the RF16mm F2.8 STM is a stellar companion to any EOS R series digital camera.
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  4. Tamron - 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Wide Angle Lens for Sony E-Mount - Front_Zoom
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    "Excellent wide angle lense. Takes high quality pictures....Affordable great wide-angle lens...Focusing is a bit slower than the average lens and a bit louder to use for video shooting. "

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    As a leading camera lens manufacturer, Tamron presents the 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F051) making it possible to shoot up close with a wide-angle lens. This lens is your key to the exciting universe of wide-angle photography. The wide-angle field-of-view provided by the 24mm focal length devours expansive scenery, landscapes, and urban scenes; it’s the perfect general-purpose wide-angle lens! This versatile lens suits many different shooting styles, including candid snapshots. Because it’s lightweight and compact, it’s easy to carry—and that’s a huge benefit when you must pack light or for all-day shooting adventures. The MOD (Minimum Object Distance) is only 4.7 in so you can move in close and capture one-of-a-kind shots. The F/2.8 helps you to create unique close-ups with the lens’s impressively beautiful bokeh. In addition to the F/2.8 aperture, the Model F051 is constructed using special glass materials including LD (Low Dispersion) and GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements effectively arranged to quash aberrations. The Model F051 provides outstanding optical performance across the entire frame, and delivers a sharp image, right down to the texture of the subject. With Moisture-Resistant Construction and dirt-resistant Fluorine Coating, photographers can shoot confidently outdoors. This lens opens a whole new, fascinating world of expression.
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    "Excellent wide angle lense. Takes high quality pictures....Affordable great wide-angle lens...Focusing is a bit slower than the average lens and a bit louder to use for video shooting. "

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    As a leading camera lens manufacturer, Tamron presents the 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F051) making it possible to shoot up close with a wide-angle lens. This lens is your key to the exciting universe of wide-angle photography. The wide-angle field-of-view provided by the 24mm focal length devours expansive scenery, landscapes, and urban scenes; it’s the perfect general-purpose wide-angle lens! This versatile lens suits many different shooting styles, including candid snapshots. Because it’s lightweight and compact, it’s easy to carry—and that’s a huge benefit when you must pack light or for all-day shooting adventures. The MOD (Minimum Object Distance) is only 4.7 in so you can move in close and capture one-of-a-kind shots. The F/2.8 helps you to create unique close-ups with the lens’s impressively beautiful bokeh. In addition to the F/2.8 aperture, the Model F051 is constructed using special glass materials including LD (Low Dispersion) and GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements effectively arranged to quash aberrations. The Model F051 provides outstanding optical performance across the entire frame, and delivers a sharp image, right down to the texture of the subject. With Moisture-Resistant Construction and dirt-resistant Fluorine Coating, photographers can shoot confidently outdoors. This lens opens a whole new, fascinating world of expression.
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    See all Mirrorless Long-Range Zoom Lenses
  5. Celestron - EclipsSmart 3-Piece Solar Eclipse Observing and Imaging Kit - Blue/Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Affordable, easy to use and able to take great pictures!...The sunglasses in kit were durable and comfortable. The lens filter for camera worked though a bit awkward to hold against my cell phone lenses and snap photos. "

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    The Celestron EclipSmart 3-Piece Solar Eclipse Observing, and Imaging Kit is a must-have to view and photograph partial and total solar eclipses—like the upcoming 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse and 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Affordable, easy to use, and best of all, Solar Safe, the Celestron EclipSmart 3-Piece Kit features solar film that conforms to the current ISO standard. With this kit, you’ll be totally prepared for eclipse day. You receive one pair of premium, durable plastic eclipse glasses with wraparound-style arms for a comfortable fit. The glasses are equipped with sturdy plastic lenses with Solar Safe film on the inside. The handy photo filter will help you capture images and video of the Sun with your smartphone or camera. Simply place the filter over your camera lens, and its delicate imaging sensor is protected. It works with phones, camcorders, action cams, point-and-shoot cameras, and DSLRs. Only remove the filter when the camera is no longer pointing at the Sun. Finally, this kit includes a 32-page booklet packed with helpful information, including observing tips, a detailed eclipse map, and a city-by-city timetable. Solar Safe Technology - EclipSmart solar products feature Solar Safe filter technology—the ultimate protection from harmful solar radiation—including IR and UV light—plus 99.999% of visible light. Celestron Solar Safe filter technology is SAFE for direct observation of the Sun and has been independently tested to conform to and meet the transmission requirements of ISO 2312-2:2015(E), Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun, EN 1836:2005 + A1:2007 (E) for an E15 Filter for the Direct Observation of the Sun and AS/NZS 1338.1:2012, Filters for Eye protectors. Important safety note: inspect your glasses and photo filter before every use. Do not use and discard if the solar film is damaged, torn, punctured, or separated from the frame in any way. Do not use the glasses or photo filter in combination with any magnifying optical device (i.e., telescopes, binoculars). Upcoming Eclipses: 2023 - On October 14, 2023, the famed “Ring of Fire” will encircle a darkened Moon during a spectacular annular eclipse. This special type of partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far from Earth to cover the Sun completely. The Sun’s corona is not visible during an annular eclipse. 2024 - On April 8, 2024, the Moon will completely cover the Sun during an awe-inspiring Total Solar Eclipse. Observers within the path of totality will witness the Sun’s dazzling corona, observe the “diamond ring” effect, and see day turn to night.
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    "Affordable, easy to use and able to take great pictures!...The sunglasses in kit were durable and comfortable. The lens filter for camera worked though a bit awkward to hold against my cell phone lenses and snap photos. "

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    The Celestron EclipSmart 3-Piece Solar Eclipse Observing, and Imaging Kit is a must-have to view and photograph partial and total solar eclipses—like the upcoming 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse and 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Affordable, easy to use, and best of all, Solar Safe, the Celestron EclipSmart 3-Piece Kit features solar film that conforms to the current ISO standard. With this kit, you’ll be totally prepared for eclipse day. You receive one pair of premium, durable plastic eclipse glasses with wraparound-style arms for a comfortable fit. The glasses are equipped with sturdy plastic lenses with Solar Safe film on the inside. The handy photo filter will help you capture images and video of the Sun with your smartphone or camera. Simply place the filter over your camera lens, and its delicate imaging sensor is protected. It works with phones, camcorders, action cams, point-and-shoot cameras, and DSLRs. Only remove the filter when the camera is no longer pointing at the Sun. Finally, this kit includes a 32-page booklet packed with helpful information, including observing tips, a detailed eclipse map, and a city-by-city timetable. Solar Safe Technology - EclipSmart solar products feature Solar Safe filter technology—the ultimate protection from harmful solar radiation—including IR and UV light—plus 99.999% of visible light. Celestron Solar Safe filter technology is SAFE for direct observation of the Sun and has been independently tested to conform to and meet the transmission requirements of ISO 2312-2:2015(E), Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun, EN 1836:2005 + A1:2007 (E) for an E15 Filter for the Direct Observation of the Sun and AS/NZS 1338.1:2012, Filters for Eye protectors. Important safety note: inspect your glasses and photo filter before every use. Do not use and discard if the solar film is damaged, torn, punctured, or separated from the frame in any way. Do not use the glasses or photo filter in combination with any magnifying optical device (i.e., telescopes, binoculars). Upcoming Eclipses: 2023 - On October 14, 2023, the famed “Ring of Fire” will encircle a darkened Moon during a spectacular annular eclipse. This special type of partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far from Earth to cover the Sun completely. The Sun’s corona is not visible during an annular eclipse. 2024 - On April 8, 2024, the Moon will completely cover the Sun during an awe-inspiring Total Solar Eclipse. Observers within the path of totality will witness the Sun’s dazzling corona, observe the “diamond ring” effect, and see day turn to night.
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  6. NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 Standard Prime Lens for Nikon Z Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Holds its own against more expensive lenses...This lens holds its own agains lenses that are 2-3x the cost. ...affordable lens....great lens for every day use sharp. I loge that its affordable too."

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    A compact, lightweight prime with a versatile 40mm view and fast f/2 maximum aperture. Wide enough for street work, landscapes and interiors. Tight enough for authentic portraits and candid shots. Excellent subject/background separation with a natural, soft bokeh. Fast, near-silent autofocus with close focusing capabilities. Your camera's ideal companion for all your creative journeys.
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    "Holds its own against more expensive lenses...This lens holds its own agains lenses that are 2-3x the cost. ...affordable lens....great lens for every day use sharp. I loge that its affordable too."

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    A compact, lightweight prime with a versatile 40mm view and fast f/2 maximum aperture. Wide enough for street work, landscapes and interiors. Tight enough for authentic portraits and candid shots. Excellent subject/background separation with a natural, soft bokeh. Fast, near-silent autofocus with close focusing capabilities. Your camera's ideal companion for all your creative journeys.
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  7. Olympus - M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R Telephoto Zoom Lens for Most Micro Four Thirds Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great affordable zoom...This is a great lens, especially when you can get it on sale. Best for daytime outside shoots. ...Great telephoto lens...Affordable and easy to use lens very good quality for the price!"

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    Capture stunning images with this Olympus M.Zuiko digital ED lens that features a 40-150mm focal length and an f/4.0-5.6 maximum aperture for crisp photos that are full of detail. The lens is compatible with most cameras with a Micro Four Thirds mount.
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    "Great affordable zoom...This is a great lens, especially when you can get it on sale. Best for daytime outside shoots. ...Great telephoto lens...Affordable and easy to use lens very good quality for the price!"

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    Capture stunning images with this Olympus M.Zuiko digital ED lens that features a 40-150mm focal length and an f/4.0-5.6 maximum aperture for crisp photos that are full of detail. The lens is compatible with most cameras with a Micro Four Thirds mount.
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  8. Panasonic - Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Mega O.I.S. Zoom Lens, H-FS45150K - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great Lens For A Great Price...Is it as good a $1500 lens? No, but on sale it is an affordable addition to my stable of lenses....Great lense...Zoom is awesome. Great and affordable price. Love it"

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    Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Mega O.I.S. Zoom Lens: Capture subjects and scenes in sharp detail with this 45-150mm zoom lens, which works with most Panasonic Lumix G compact system cameras with a Micro Four Thirds mount. The Mega O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer) helps keep your shots steady to minimize blurring.
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    "Great Lens For A Great Price...Is it as good a $1500 lens? No, but on sale it is an affordable addition to my stable of lenses....Great lense...Zoom is awesome. Great and affordable price. Love it"

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    Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. Mega O.I.S. Zoom Lens: Capture subjects and scenes in sharp detail with this 45-150mm zoom lens, which works with most Panasonic Lumix G compact system cameras with a Micro Four Thirds mount. The Mega O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer) helps keep your shots steady to minimize blurring.
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  9. Sony - 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Most NEX Compact System Cameras - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "Good simple macro lense...This is a good standard macro lense. Easy to use and affordable....AMAZING AND AFFORDABLE MACRO LENS!...Since I would love to get into the world of macro photography but cannot afford to purchase the incredible Sony FE 90mm macro lens, I began to research affordable, but sharp macro lenses. "

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    Designed for use with most Sony NEX compact system cameras with an E-mount, this Sony SEL30M35 30mm f/3.5 lens enables you to capture crisp, detailed macro photos and videos. DMF (direct manual focus) lets you attain precise focusing results.
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    "Good simple macro lense...This is a good standard macro lense. Easy to use and affordable....AMAZING AND AFFORDABLE MACRO LENS!...Since I would love to get into the world of macro photography but cannot afford to purchase the incredible Sony FE 90mm macro lens, I began to research affordable, but sharp macro lenses. "

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    Designed for use with most Sony NEX compact system cameras with an E-mount, this Sony SEL30M35 30mm f/3.5 lens enables you to capture crisp, detailed macro photos and videos. DMF (direct manual focus) lets you attain precise focusing results.
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    See all Mirrorless Prime Lenses
  10. Canon - EF-M22mm F2 STM Standard Lens for EOS DSLR Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Love this lens!...Great all around lense! Love the quality and captures some amazing pictures!...Nice travel lens...Just like all other efm lenses great for the canon m50."

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    Capture high-quality shots with your Canon EOS M DSLR camera using this Canon 5985B002 EF-M lens that features an f/2 aperture for stunning image capture, even in low-light conditions. The stepping motor offers smooth and quiet continuous autofocus.
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    "Love this lens!...Great all around lense! Love the quality and captures some amazing pictures!...Nice travel lens...Just like all other efm lenses great for the canon m50."

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    Capture high-quality shots with your Canon EOS M DSLR camera using this Canon 5985B002 EF-M lens that features an f/2 aperture for stunning image capture, even in low-light conditions. The stepping motor offers smooth and quiet continuous autofocus.
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