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Browse the top-ranked list of Camera Lenses For Beginners below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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    "Love it...So good...Oh my goodness do I love this lens it's small and lightweight I love it because when I edit my photos I tend to zoom in dramatically on many photos that I take and when I use this lens it minimizes the amount of editing that I do since it shoots at a zoomed in position already....i bought this lens and a zoom lens and I honestly fell in love with this lens the quality is great and its perfect for a beginner and also perfect for any occasion I highly recommend this lens."

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    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Standard Lens: Capture important moments in your life with this standard lens, which works with your compatible Canon DSLR EF-mount camera. A circular aperture with 7 blades helps you add creative background blur.
    $125.99
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    "Love it...So good...Oh my goodness do I love this lens it's small and lightweight I love it because when I edit my photos I tend to zoom in dramatically on many photos that I take and when I use this lens it minimizes the amount of editing that I do since it shoots at a zoomed in position already....i bought this lens and a zoom lens and I honestly fell in love with this lens the quality is great and its perfect for a beginner and also perfect for any occasion I highly recommend this lens."

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    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Standard Lens: Capture important moments in your life with this standard lens, which works with your compatible Canon DSLR EF-mount camera. A circular aperture with 7 blades helps you add creative background blur.
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    "Love it...Love it....This lens is awesome for closeup, I m beginners so I need little time like 20-30 sec to focus lens correctly to take photo, if you are planning out door trip like going NY or DC to day trip this lens might not be good fit as this is good fit for closeup and portrait....I am a novice still getting use to the whole photography thing but I definitely noticed a big difference in the quality of pictures from my lens that came with my camera."

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    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Standard Lens: A perfect everyday lens for any photographer, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G offers fast autofocusing combined with an integrated lens coating to deliver clear and crisp images. The wide-open aperture is ideal for low-light shooting and creating images with beautiful background blur.
    $219.99
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    "Love it...Love it....This lens is awesome for closeup, I m beginners so I need little time like 20-30 sec to focus lens correctly to take photo, if you are planning out door trip like going NY or DC to day trip this lens might not be good fit as this is good fit for closeup and portrait....I am a novice still getting use to the whole photography thing but I definitely noticed a big difference in the quality of pictures from my lens that came with my camera."

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    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Standard Lens: A perfect everyday lens for any photographer, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G offers fast autofocusing combined with an integrated lens coating to deliver clear and crisp images. The wide-open aperture is ideal for low-light shooting and creating images with beautiful background blur.
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    "Love it...Must buy...Much better than my 18-140mm Kit Lens from Nikon, even though I love my 18-140mm lens, this is way better in Bokeh, and a lot clearer in detail for the same type photo as I compared them myself today when I bought it to make sure, I never bought a Prime Lens before but now I am a believer in them......It's a very good lens to use with the camera that I purchased and I see that is working very very well I love it and I look forward to many years of working with this particular lens it's a very good camera and lens make it just that much better"

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    Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Standard Lens: Whether you're a beginner or professional, you'll love this compact, lightweight lens from Nikon. The normal angle of view captures approximately what the human eye sees, making it a great all-around lens. Plus, the f/1.8 maximum aperture is ideal for creating softly blurred backgrounds and shooting in low light.
    $169.99
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    "Love it...Must buy...Much better than my 18-140mm Kit Lens from Nikon, even though I love my 18-140mm lens, this is way better in Bokeh, and a lot clearer in detail for the same type photo as I compared them myself today when I bought it to make sure, I never bought a Prime Lens before but now I am a believer in them......It's a very good lens to use with the camera that I purchased and I see that is working very very well I love it and I look forward to many years of working with this particular lens it's a very good camera and lens make it just that much better"

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    Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Standard Lens: Whether you're a beginner or professional, you'll love this compact, lightweight lens from Nikon. The normal angle of view captures approximately what the human eye sees, making it a great all-around lens. Plus, the f/1.8 maximum aperture is ideal for creating softly blurred backgrounds and shooting in low light.
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    "A gem...Not bad...I am in love with this lens which I use with my Sony A6000 Camera - It is very easy to mount in a flash and is exactly what I need to capture those once in a lifetime shots....Good in video mode in able light condition (indoor), in still use flash needed in low light condition on average a decent len in good bright condition but not as sharp compare to other lens"

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    With Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, this Sony NEX SEL55210 lens makes it easy to take clear, steady photos and videos with your Sony NEX digital camera. The 3.8x zoom lets you hone in on distant subjects from far away.
    $349.99
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    "A gem...Not bad...I am in love with this lens which I use with my Sony A6000 Camera - It is very easy to mount in a flash and is exactly what I need to capture those once in a lifetime shots....Good in video mode in able light condition (indoor), in still use flash needed in low light condition on average a decent len in good bright condition but not as sharp compare to other lens"

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    With Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, this Sony NEX SEL55210 lens makes it easy to take clear, steady photos and videos with your Sony NEX digital camera. The 3.8x zoom lets you hone in on distant subjects from far away.
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    "A gem...Love it...I am in love with this lens which I use with my Sony A6000 Camera - It is very easy to mount in a flash and is exactly what I need to capture those once in a lifetime shots....Good in video mode in able light condition (indoor), in still use flash needed in low light condition on average a decent len in good bright condition but not as sharp compare to other lens"

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    Designed for use with most Sony Alpha E-mount cameras, this Sony SEL55210/B telephoto lens features Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, so you can capture images in crisp detail. The 2 ED (extra-low dispersion) elements help ensure color accuracy.
    $349.99
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    "A gem...Love it...I am in love with this lens which I use with my Sony A6000 Camera - It is very easy to mount in a flash and is exactly what I need to capture those once in a lifetime shots....Good in video mode in able light condition (indoor), in still use flash needed in low light condition on average a decent len in good bright condition but not as sharp compare to other lens"

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    Designed for use with most Sony Alpha E-mount cameras, this Sony SEL55210/B telephoto lens features Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, so you can capture images in crisp detail. The 2 ED (extra-low dispersion) elements help ensure color accuracy.
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    "nice !...Not bad...But over all I like this lens for a starter lens, but would recommend the combination lens over this one, if you have a choice and the money,but as I said this one came with the bundle....I like this lens as a general usage, because it can be used for somewhat up-close shots, along with the 250mm zoom, so I don't have to keep switching out lenses at my daughter's ball games so often."

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    Snap sharp, vibrant photos at a distance with this Canon EF-S 8546B002 telephoto lens, which features a 55-250mm focal length for flexible zooming and optical image stabilization to reduce the effects of camera shake.
    $299.99
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    "nice !...Not bad...But over all I like this lens for a starter lens, but would recommend the combination lens over this one, if you have a choice and the money,but as I said this one came with the bundle....I like this lens as a general usage, because it can be used for somewhat up-close shots, along with the 250mm zoom, so I don't have to keep switching out lenses at my daughter's ball games so often."

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    Snap sharp, vibrant photos at a distance with this Canon EF-S 8546B002 telephoto lens, which features a 55-250mm focal length for flexible zooming and optical image stabilization to reduce the effects of camera shake.
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    "NOT BAD...love it...This is a good zoom for beggining.Good image quality in outdoors.Best if used with a tripod or monopod.There is no image stablizer so the futher you zoom the steadier the camera has to be.On the plus side with it being an EF lens you can buy an inexpensive teleconverter and double your zoom.All in all a good lens for being part of a package....I would definately recomend this lens if you need a decent telephoto lens, I would also recomend a tripod since it can be a bit tricky to get a clear shot since the lens lacks IS."

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    Compact and lightweight 4x telephoto zoom lens ideal for shooting sports, portraits, and wildlife. The newly developed Micro makes auto focusing quicker and quieter. The improved zoom mechanism also makes zooming smoother. The front part of the zoom ring now sports a silver ring for a luxury touch.

    $199.99
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    "NOT BAD...love it...This is a good zoom for beggining.Good image quality in outdoors.Best if used with a tripod or monopod.There is no image stablizer so the futher you zoom the steadier the camera has to be.On the plus side with it being an EF lens you can buy an inexpensive teleconverter and double your zoom.All in all a good lens for being part of a package....I would definately recomend this lens if you need a decent telephoto lens, I would also recomend a tripod since it can be a bit tricky to get a clear shot since the lens lacks IS."

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    Compact and lightweight 4x telephoto zoom lens ideal for shooting sports, portraits, and wildlife. The newly developed Micro makes auto focusing quicker and quieter. The improved zoom mechanism also makes zooming smoother. The front part of the zoom ring now sports a silver ring for a luxury touch.

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    "love it...Loved it...I researched camera lenses for my wife (a real estate agent) to take pictures of interior rooms and a wide angled lense was recommended as a must for agents....It has a 4 group optical zoom system and includes a large-diameter element, an aspherical lens element, a UD lens element and enhanced lens coatings for high-contrast, high-resolution images with minimal glare and aberration."

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    With an STM (stepping motor) and focus mechanism, this Canon EF-S 9519B002 zoom lens allows you to record ultrasharp videos or capture crisp photos using your compatible Canon camera. The UD lens element helps you take highly realistic images.
    $269.99
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    "love it...Loved it...I researched camera lenses for my wife (a real estate agent) to take pictures of interior rooms and a wide angled lense was recommended as a must for agents....It has a 4 group optical zoom system and includes a large-diameter element, an aspherical lens element, a UD lens element and enhanced lens coatings for high-contrast, high-resolution images with minimal glare and aberration."

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    With an STM (stepping motor) and focus mechanism, this Canon EF-S 9519B002 zoom lens allows you to record ultrasharp videos or capture crisp photos using your compatible Canon camera. The UD lens element helps you take highly realistic images.
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    "Love it...Nice but...This is a very handy little lens... most people refer to the "nifty fifty" 50mm f/2.8 as being a trusty 'always in your camera bag lens', but for anyone shooting with a CMOS sensor, this is really an ideal lens for you in order to capture amazing close-up or portrait photos and get that silky smooth bokeh that everyone looks to capture....It might be a little lacking for pros or very experienced amateur photographers, but if you're still a relatively casual photographer like myself, this is a huge step up from the kit lens, and combined with the 50mm 1.8 and a decent zoom lens, it's a great option to get a nice range of focal lengths covered."

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    Capture stunning images of wide perspectives with this Canon 9522B002 EF-S wide-angle lens that features an aspheric lens element for high image quality from the center to the edges. The circular, 7-blade aperture delivers soft backgrounds.
    $129.99
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    "Love it...Nice but...This is a very handy little lens... most people refer to the "nifty fifty" 50mm f/2.8 as being a trusty 'always in your camera bag lens', but for anyone shooting with a CMOS sensor, this is really an ideal lens for you in order to capture amazing close-up or portrait photos and get that silky smooth bokeh that everyone looks to capture....It might be a little lacking for pros or very experienced amateur photographers, but if you're still a relatively casual photographer like myself, this is a huge step up from the kit lens, and combined with the 50mm 1.8 and a decent zoom lens, it's a great option to get a nice range of focal lengths covered."

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    Capture stunning images of wide perspectives with this Canon 9522B002 EF-S wide-angle lens that features an aspheric lens element for high image quality from the center to the edges. The circular, 7-blade aperture delivers soft backgrounds.
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    "Love it...Best one...I was searching for a replacement to my Nikon camera/lens combo- I love the clarity of this lens- however, I am slightly disappointed in the range- My Nikon 70-300 was able to take much better pictures of the players on the baseball field- I cannot get on the field and the reach of the 70-200 lens is just not enough....It is my new goto lens.The photos from this lens are the best I have ever shot.If you are looking for a great lens get this one.My only regret is I had to buy this from amazon because best buy has not had it in stock for months."

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    Canon EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens This telephoto zoom lens is an essential tool for professional photographers and skilled amateurs. The variable focal length makes it useful for photographing a broad range of subjects, and the 2.8 maximum aperture functions well in low-light situations. Snap candid portraits, stop the action at sporting events or compose wedding photos with exceptional blurred backgrounds.
    $1,799.99
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    "Love it...Best one...I was searching for a replacement to my Nikon camera/lens combo- I love the clarity of this lens- however, I am slightly disappointed in the range- My Nikon 70-300 was able to take much better pictures of the players on the baseball field- I cannot get on the field and the reach of the 70-200 lens is just not enough....It is my new goto lens.The photos from this lens are the best I have ever shot.If you are looking for a great lens get this one.My only regret is I had to buy this from amazon because best buy has not had it in stock for months."

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    Canon EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens This telephoto zoom lens is an essential tool for professional photographers and skilled amateurs. The variable focal length makes it useful for photographing a broad range of subjects, and the 2.8 maximum aperture functions well in low-light situations. Snap candid portraits, stop the action at sporting events or compose wedding photos with exceptional blurred backgrounds.
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    "I love...love it...I am new to using this type of camera and thought the lens would really bring objects closer and "zoom" in better than the standard lens that's built /comes with the camera but didn't find this to be the case....You get great image quality on a fast lens for a great price... obviously they have to make some cuts from the top tier lenses to get this price point but they really hit a sweet spot in how they did it."

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    Get a reliable portrait lens for your NEX camera with this Sony 50mm lens. It has a fast aperture of f/1.8 for solid performance under low-light conditions, and it can get in close to your subject — up to 1.5 feet. Add a 49mm filter to your Sony 50mm lens for lens protection and polarization effects.
    $224.99
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    "I love...love it...I am new to using this type of camera and thought the lens would really bring objects closer and "zoom" in better than the standard lens that's built /comes with the camera but didn't find this to be the case....You get great image quality on a fast lens for a great price... obviously they have to make some cuts from the top tier lenses to get this price point but they really hit a sweet spot in how they did it."

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    Get a reliable portrait lens for your NEX camera with this Sony 50mm lens. It has a fast aperture of f/1.8 for solid performance under low-light conditions, and it can get in close to your subject — up to 1.5 feet. Add a 49mm filter to your Sony 50mm lens for lens protection and polarization effects.
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    "Love it...I loved...They do carry the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens in-store but for quality, I do recommend this lens in particular because it is a f/1.4, which lets in a lot more light and there is a difference between the f/1.8 and f/1.4 quality....The quality and the extra light you get from this lense , makes it worth for me expending the extra money , very easy to use and makes your DSLR look like a more regular camera instead of having a huge lense when you are being a tourist , love the rear glare (main reason why I got it) even taking regular pictures works great!"

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    Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard Lens: This Canon 50mm lens has an unusually large maximum aperture so you can get detailed pictures even in low light without needing a flash. It's excellent for basic portraits and scenic shots, especially at night.
    $299.99
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    "Love it...I loved...They do carry the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens in-store but for quality, I do recommend this lens in particular because it is a f/1.4, which lets in a lot more light and there is a difference between the f/1.8 and f/1.4 quality....The quality and the extra light you get from this lense , makes it worth for me expending the extra money , very easy to use and makes your DSLR look like a more regular camera instead of having a huge lense when you are being a tourist , love the rear glare (main reason why I got it) even taking regular pictures works great!"

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    Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard Lens: This Canon 50mm lens has an unusually large maximum aperture so you can get detailed pictures even in low light without needing a flash. It's excellent for basic portraits and scenic shots, especially at night.
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    "Fast AF...Love it...I love this camera and the lens I am a beginner and my pictures come out in great quality still learning how to work it, but it's worth the money...I recommend to only use this for portraits and landscape because you have to be a good distance from subject, if close to subject you will lose a lot of what you're looking for in a photo such as background and what your trying to tell the viewer on what you captured"

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    Customize your Sony Alpha camera with this Sony prime lens for enhanced picture quality. OSS image stabilization reduces blurring for crisp, clear images, and the direct manual focus switches from autofocus to manual focus effortlessly. Boasting a 50mm focal length, this Sony prime lens lets you zero in on the perfect shot.
    $274.99
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    "Fast AF...Love it...I love this camera and the lens I am a beginner and my pictures come out in great quality still learning how to work it, but it's worth the money...I recommend to only use this for portraits and landscape because you have to be a good distance from subject, if close to subject you will lose a lot of what you're looking for in a photo such as background and what your trying to tell the viewer on what you captured"

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    Customize your Sony Alpha camera with this Sony prime lens for enhanced picture quality. OSS image stabilization reduces blurring for crisp, clear images, and the direct manual focus switches from autofocus to manual focus effortlessly. Boasting a 50mm focal length, this Sony prime lens lets you zero in on the perfect shot.
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    "In love...Love it...It is a good quality lands, however I did not realize that it does not provide a lot of clarity when shooting/photographing something or someone at a distance greater than 30 feet I later learned that you need a 200 mm product that can do this which I will be getting...This lens is amazing, a store employee recommended it to me because I communicated that I wanted to do nighttime videography and this lens is great with bringing in light that is available."

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    Canon EF 24–70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens: Built to handle the demands of professional use, this lens is durable as well as dust- and water-resistant. Fluorine coatings on the front and rear surfaces keep smudges and fingerprints to a minimum.
    $1,599.99
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    "In love...Love it...It is a good quality lands, however I did not realize that it does not provide a lot of clarity when shooting/photographing something or someone at a distance greater than 30 feet I later learned that you need a 200 mm product that can do this which I will be getting...This lens is amazing, a store employee recommended it to me because I communicated that I wanted to do nighttime videography and this lens is great with bringing in light that is available."

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    Canon EF 24–70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens: Built to handle the demands of professional use, this lens is durable as well as dust- and water-resistant. Fluorine coatings on the front and rear surfaces keep smudges and fingerprints to a minimum.
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    "Love it...Not Bad...I really enjoy using this lens,its the one I keep on the camera 90% of the time.Focus is quick and very quiet compared to a tamron I have.It is the best focal range for most of what I like to shoot.This lens and a 70-300 tamron are all I usually carry....I bought this lens because I used 35-135 which was not a digital lens and I could not be happier images are crisp and it is a good all around lens."

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    Cover every shot with this all-in-one Nikon 18-140mm camera lens that lets you zoom from wide-angle to telephoto without missing a beat. Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass creates amazing contrast, and the zoom enables crisp images as close as 1.48 feet away. This Nikon 18-140mm camera lens features a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for super quiet clicks.
    $499.99
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    "Love it...Not Bad...I really enjoy using this lens,its the one I keep on the camera 90% of the time.Focus is quick and very quiet compared to a tamron I have.It is the best focal range for most of what I like to shoot.This lens and a 70-300 tamron are all I usually carry....I bought this lens because I used 35-135 which was not a digital lens and I could not be happier images are crisp and it is a good all around lens."

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    Cover every shot with this all-in-one Nikon 18-140mm camera lens that lets you zoom from wide-angle to telephoto without missing a beat. Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass creates amazing contrast, and the zoom enables crisp images as close as 1.48 feet away. This Nikon 18-140mm camera lens features a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for super quiet clicks.