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  1. Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA Vario-Sonnar T* review

    Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA Vario-Sonnar T* review

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    From the legendary Carl Zeiss stable of Vario-Sonnar lenses, the DT 16-80mm is a class act that delivers a powerful 5x zoom range, equivalent to 24-120mm

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    Olympus ED 50mm f/2.0 Macro review

    Olympus ED 50mm f/2.0 Macro review

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    This Four Thirds lens has 'macro' on the side but only a 1:2 magnification ratio. It relies on the 2x crop factor to bring objects up to size. Despite this, the 50mm lens feels more like a 100mm on Olympus bodies

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    Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro review

    Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro review

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    There's a lot of 'retro' about this Sony lens, from its appearance and finely ridged focus ring to the grumbling autofocus motor. The autofocus also seems as slow and imprecise as anything from 25 years ago

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    Pentax smc-DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL (IF) review

    Pentax smc-DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL (IF) review

     

    The Pentax 12-24mm has a big price tag but is compact and lightweight. The big zoom ring facilitates smooth zooming with an even progression from start to finish. The focus ring is equally smooth but has a longer travel than most ultra-wide competitors

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    Olympus Zuiko 4-45mm f/3.5-5.6 review

    Olympus Zuiko 4-45mm f/3.5-5.6 review

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    Despite being mainly a kit lens, the Olympus 14-45mm has a lot going for it. A new multi-coating helps keep ghosting and flare to a minimum, while an aspherical element adds to the quality

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    Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM review

    Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM review

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    At the budget end of the market, Sigma and Tamron are the major scrappers and Sigma's 10-20mm lens is the cheaper of the two. Despite its low cost compared with lenses from Nikon and Canon, the Sigma feels robust and has silent HSM autofocus

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    Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM review

    Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM review

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    In typical cheapskate fashion, at least when it comes to lens hoods, Canon doesn't supply one with this lens, which when added takes the overall price to about £500

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    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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