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  1. Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 review

    Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 review

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    The Zuiko 40-150mm lens is designed for the Olympus E-series cameras, notably the brand new E-500 (reviewed on p34). The Four Thirds sensor in the E-series gives a 2x focal factor, so this lens is an 80-300mmzoom in 35mm speak

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    Nikon Nikkor 18-70mmf3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX review

    Nikon Nikkor 18-70mmf3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX review

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    Originally sold as a kit lens for Nikon's D70 D-SLR, the Nikkor 18-70mm has a near-silent autofocus system, which was very speedy in operation. Handling is a joy, with fully internal focusing and a non-rotating front element

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    Tamron SP AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Asp review

    Tamron SP AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Asp review

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    Although the Tamron 11-18mm might not look quite as wide as the rival Sigma 10-20mm on paper (a millimetre can make a lot of difference at these focal lengths), the field of view was almost identical in our tests, using both on a Canon EOS 400D

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    Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro review

    Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro review

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    The recently launched Nikkor 105mm is the first macro lens to feature vibration reduction. What's more, it's Nikon's new, second-generation VR system, which claims to give you a four-stop advantage

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    Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro review

    Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro review

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    Many macro lenses are bulky, taking up more room in your gadget bag than you'd like, and weighing you down in the process. By comparison, the Canon EF-S 60mm is as small and light as the average prime lens of the same focal length

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    Pentax smc DA 8-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 AL review

    Pentax smc DA 8-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 AL review

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    The smallest and lightest in the group, the Pentax 18-55mm looks more like a standard 50mm prime lens than a zoom. The filter size is refreshingly small at 52mm, although the lens is reasonably fast at f/3.5-5.6

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    Tokina AT-X 124 Pro DX 12-24mm f/4 review

    Tokina AT-X 124 Pro DX 12-24mm f/4 review

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    Taking the middle ground between budget and most own-brand lenses, the Tokina 12-24mm looks good value for the money. The 'one-touch' focus clutch system enables AF or manual focus to be selected by nudging the focus ring forwards or backwards

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    Tokina AT-X M100 Pro D 100mm f2.8 Macro review

    Tokina AT-X M100 Pro D 100mm f2.8 Macro review

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    Apart from an extra 10mm in focal length, the Tokina macro lens bears more than a passing resemblance to the 90mm Tamron. Similarities include noisy and slow Autofocus, a non-rotating front element and the same push-pull mechanism on the focus ring

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    Pentax smc D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro review

    Pentax smc D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro review

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    The Pentax 100mm Macro looks like an old-school lens, with its lockable aperture ring at the back and a huge 'clamp' switch on the side, for locking focus. Autofocus itself is hit and miss, with a noisy motordrive

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    Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro review

    Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro review

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    The first surprise of this lens is that it doesn't feature a whisper-quiet hypersonic Sigma motor. Instead, you get a conventional focus ring by the front element, which doesn't enable manual override in Autofocus mode.

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    Canon EF-S 7-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM review

    Canon EF-S 7-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM review

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    The standard zoom kit lens for the Canon EOS is notoriously second-rate but the EF-S 17-85mm is worlds apart, offering stellar image quality and handling. Even wide-open images were razor-sharp all the way down to 0.35m

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    Tamron AFSP 7-50mm f/2.8 XRDi-II LD ASP review

    Tamron AFSP 7-50mm f/2.8 XRDi-II LD ASP review

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    Similar in size and weight to its Sigma rival, the constant f/2.8 Tamron features a layout of zoom ring at the body end and focus ring by the front element. It's available in Canon, Nikon and Sony/Minolta fit

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    Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 review

    Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 review

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    The Sony 11-18mm is designed for APS-C-sized sensors rather than for full-frame use. As such, the lens is compact but still feels sturdy, and is finished to Sony's usual high standards. Generously proportioned zoom and focus rings mean easy operation

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    Olympus 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 review

    Olympus 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 review

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    With its zoom range of 11-22mm, this lens sounds wide until you put it on an Olympus body, where the 2x crop factor turns it into a 22-44mm lens. This means the angle of view is less than with any other lens in its class

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