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

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

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  1. Top comment

    "It's ok...Love it...Great for starters...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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    "It's ok...Love it...Great for starters...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...I loved...Great starter lens...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."

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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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    Was $399.99
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    "Love it...I loved...Great starter lens...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."

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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.
  3. Top comment

    "Love it...Nice but...Perfect starter lens...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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    Was $149.99
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    "Love it...Nice but...Perfect starter lens...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...The best...I bought the Nikon D3200 with the starter lens kit (18-55mm 3.5/5.6) ... didn't get the blurry background....This lens is also great for low-light areas, as I used it in a museum with little light and still achieved great photos (with a little trial and error)."

    "I bought the Nikon D3200 with the starter lens kit (18-55mm 3.5/5.6) ... didn't get the blurry background."

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    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Standard Lens: Suitable for professional and amateur photographers, this is a great lens for travel, events, portraits and general purpose photography. Capture clear images in dim lighting without a flash with the wide-open aperture. Switch seamlessly from automatic to fine manual focusing so you can ensure every detail is spot on.
    $449.99
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    "Love it...The best...I bought the Nikon D3200 with the starter lens kit (18-55mm 3.5/5.6) ... didn't get the blurry background....This lens is also great for low-light areas, as I used it in a museum with little light and still achieved great photos (with a little trial and error)."

    "I bought the Nikon D3200 with the starter lens kit (18-55mm 3.5/5.6) ... didn't get the blurry background."

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    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Standard Lens: Suitable for professional and amateur photographers, this is a great lens for travel, events, portraits and general purpose photography. Capture clear images in dim lighting without a flash with the wide-open aperture. Switch seamlessly from automatic to fine manual focusing so you can ensure every detail is spot on.
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    "It's OK...Very Nice...Great lens for a starter...Great for almost any shot that you're willing to hoof around a little bit for; without any focus you'll need to walk a bit to get your framing right, but after all, that's expected with a prime lens ;) IS is REALLY beneficial for low light shots of static objects and really does give you a few more stops worth of hand-held capability."

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    Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens: Take in the wider view with a Canon EF wide-angle lens built for everyday use. The specially-coated aspherical lens delivers exceptionally sharp, distortion-free images. Optical image stabilization improves picture quality for low-light shooting and close focusing.
    $549.99
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    Was $599.99
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    "It's OK...Very Nice...Great lens for a starter...Great for almost any shot that you're willing to hoof around a little bit for; without any focus you'll need to walk a bit to get your framing right, but after all, that's expected with a prime lens ;) IS is REALLY beneficial for low light shots of static objects and really does give you a few more stops worth of hand-held capability."

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    Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens: Take in the wider view with a Canon EF wide-angle lens built for everyday use. The specially-coated aspherical lens delivers exceptionally sharp, distortion-free images. Optical image stabilization improves picture quality for low-light shooting and close focusing.
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    "Love it...Worth it...I bought this lens as I wanted to add to my equipment a nice portrait lens but that won't break my bank :-) The lens is very well build and an excellent size to carry anywhere....best 50mm for the buck, crazy sharp, 1.8 is good for low light and to use for a shallow DoF and in my oppinion is the best lens to start with for a DX body, so you learn how to possition your self."

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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.
    $179.99
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    Was $219.99
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    "Love it...Worth it...I bought this lens as I wanted to add to my equipment a nice portrait lens but that won't break my bank :-) The lens is very well build and an excellent size to carry anywhere....best 50mm for the buck, crazy sharp, 1.8 is good for low light and to use for a shallow DoF and in my oppinion is the best lens to start with for a DX body, so you learn how to possition your self."

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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.
  7. Top comment

    "Love it...Must buy...It is a small lens so if you are going to carry just the camera without a bag, this lens allows for a lighter camera and without a long telephoto zoom lens hanging from the camera....Obviously there are other macro lenses that can get in closer and wide angle lenses for better landscape photos, but this lens is a great all around lens, especially for a crop sensor camera."

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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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    Was $199.99
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    "Love it...Must buy...It is a small lens so if you are going to carry just the camera without a bag, this lens allows for a lighter camera and without a long telephoto zoom lens hanging from the camera....Obviously there are other macro lenses that can get in closer and wide angle lenses for better landscape photos, but this lens is a great all around lens, especially for a crop sensor camera."

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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.
  8. Top comment

    "A gem...Love it...this is not a bad lens a little better then the kit lens, if your gonna spend 350$ on this you should just pay a couple more 100 to get the g lens, unless this is your budget, does a good job and focus is quick, but at max zoom its not at clear....Obvious at 55 this starts out at a "zoomed" level but personally I feel the image comes out much more sharp with this lens than with the 16-50, even if it means backing up a little bit to get a similar picture."

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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.
    $349.99
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    "A gem...Love it...this is not a bad lens a little better then the kit lens, if your gonna spend 350$ on this you should just pay a couple more 100 to get the g lens, unless this is your budget, does a good job and focus is quick, but at max zoom its not at clear....Obvious at 55 this starts out at a "zoomed" level but personally I feel the image comes out much more sharp with this lens than with the 16-50, even if it means backing up a little bit to get a similar picture."

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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...Not bad...this is not a bad lens a little better then the kit lens, if your gonna spend 350$ on this you should just pay a couple more 100 to get the g lens, unless this is your budget, does a good job and focus is quick, but at max zoom its not at clear....And surprise Strohm a magnification this little legs does on the new Sony camera meet my Canon lenses , Would highly recommend this to any new Sony camera that uses the E lenses"

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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.
    $349.99
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    "A gem...Not bad...this is not a bad lens a little better then the kit lens, if your gonna spend 350$ on this you should just pay a couple more 100 to get the g lens, unless this is your budget, does a good job and focus is quick, but at max zoom its not at clear....And surprise Strohm a magnification this little legs does on the new Sony camera meet my Canon lenses , Would highly recommend this to any new Sony camera that uses the E lenses"

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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.
  10. Top comment

    "nice !...Not bad...Love this lens it takes good quality photos, My only complaint is the plastic mount on the lens my 50mm canon lens is half the price of this lens and has a metal mount and feels sturdier....This is a great lens and like most Canon products it is well worth it if you are on a budget or have no interest in Canons superior line of lenses the L Series."

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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...Love this lens it takes good quality photos, My only complaint is the plastic mount on the lens my 50mm canon lens is half the price of this lens and has a metal mount and feels sturdier....This is a great lens and like most Canon products it is well worth it if you are on a budget or have no interest in Canons superior line of lenses the L Series."

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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.
  11. Model:NS-M3LENS10
    SKU:5086533
    Top comment

    "Love it...It's ok...A very good lens to help with photos for the price, hard to use depending on what phone case you might be using but otherwise a good option in lens...Takes a minute to get the lens adjusted on your phone correctly, and works best without a case, but overall they are a wonderful addition to your camera phone."

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    Capture stunning imagery with this Insignia three-lens kit. The wide-angle lens allows you to take extraordinary landscapes, a fisheye lens creates a unique perspective on the world, while the macro lens means you can get in close. This Insignia three-lens kit simply clips onto your phone, and it's all stored in a soft storage pouch for easy transport.
    $22.99
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    "Love it...It's ok...A very good lens to help with photos for the price, hard to use depending on what phone case you might be using but otherwise a good option in lens...Takes a minute to get the lens adjusted on your phone correctly, and works best without a case, but overall they are a wonderful addition to your camera phone."

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    Capture stunning imagery with this Insignia three-lens kit. The wide-angle lens allows you to take extraordinary landscapes, a fisheye lens creates a unique perspective on the world, while the macro lens means you can get in close. This Insignia three-lens kit simply clips onto your phone, and it's all stored in a soft storage pouch for easy transport.
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    "love it...NOT BAD...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....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."

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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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    "love it...NOT BAD...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....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."

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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.

  13. Top comment

    "love it...Loved it...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....Desperately wanted a wide angle lens for a trip I was going on but didn't want to break the bank, especially because I still use a rebel camera."

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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...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....Desperately wanted a wide angle lens for a trip I was going on but didn't want to break the bank, especially because I still use a rebel camera."

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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...Love it!...It's not a perfect lens and definitely has a bit of a learning curve, but it is great once you get used to it and a must in any hobby or professional photographer's collection....With the fact I was rarely shooting at f/1.8 or f/2, dropping to a max aperture of f/2.8 and a minimum focal length of 70mm was a fair tradeoff for this lens's range and image stabilization."

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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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    Was $2,099.99
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    "Love it...Love it!...It's not a perfect lens and definitely has a bit of a learning curve, but it is great once you get used to it and a must in any hobby or professional photographer's collection....With the fact I was rarely shooting at f/1.8 or f/2, dropping to a max aperture of f/2.8 and a minimum focal length of 70mm was a fair tradeoff for this lens's range and image stabilization."

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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...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....If you have a larger budget the 55 1.8 has a great AF motor, is better wide open, and just a beautiful match for the sony a7xx cameras."

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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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    Was $249.99
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    "I love...love it...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....If you have a larger budget the 55 1.8 has a great AF motor, is better wide open, and just a beautiful match for the sony a7xx cameras."

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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.