The 2007 POP Awards: Lenses

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Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G DX AF-S VROur first thought when we saw this lens: Where's the astronomical price premium normally tagged on for VR (vibration reduction)? This affordable ($250, street ), sharp, compact zoom gives a 2-3 stop handheld advantage in low light and is the perfect addition to your Nikon camera bag. (www.nikonusa.com)More details about the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G DX AF-S VR Photos taken by the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G DX AF-S VR
Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 limitedBuilt to last and optimized for Pentax digital SLRs, this 105mm-equivalent SMCP-DA pancake lens ($480, street ) is great for portraits and is a superb choice for lightening the load in the field. (www.pentaximaging.com)More details about the Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 limited
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC MacroGetting close is the goal with macro photography, and this lens ($420, street ) scores twice: Sigma's 1:3 magnification and close-focusing distance (7.25 inches). Throw in its nearly universal camera mount availability and stellar performance in the Pop Photo Lab tests, and you have a serious player. (www.sigma-photo.com)More details about the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro Photos taken by the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro
Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II MacroCan one lens really cover the range from truly wide to supertele without falling short? Yep, and this 13.9X (28-388mm equivalent) Tamron ($499, street ) does it without causing a hernia (it weighs less than a pound). It's available for most DSLRs that have APS-sized sensors. (www.tamron.com)More details about the Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II Macro Photos taken by the Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II Macro
Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 Pro DX AfTraditional f/2.8 fixed-aperture zoom lenses usually pack a hefty price tag and weight, but this digital-only zoom ($700, street ) weighs in at just under 2 pounds. Available for Canon and Nikon DSLRs with APS-sized sensors, it delivers excellent sharpness at all focal lengths, without detectable light falloff. (www.tokinalens.com or www.thkphoto.com)More details about the Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 Pro DX Af
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