December is always a great month to buy lenses, and this year is no different. Here are three great deals on optics that I can easily vouch for, having used them extensively.
The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Prime for $319
Even though this optic has been around for years, it's still a top performer for me. It focuses fast, takes great pictures wide open, and isn't too hefty. It looks great on any Canon DSLR, and for the great price of $319, it is a steal. Highlights include:
- Aperture Range: f/1.8-22
- Ultrasonic Focus Motor
- Internal, Rear Focusing System
- Distance Scale
- Minimum Focus Distance: 2.8'
- 58mm Filter Thread Diameter
Offer ends: Dec 17, 2016 at 11:59 PM.
The Olympus ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens for $699
This is the best price ($300 savings) that I've ever seen on this outstanding, pro caliber, zoom. Its fast, constant aperture and pin-sharp focusing lives up to the pro branding. Plus, it's weather resistant. Highlights include:
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 24-80mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
- 1 Aspherical ED & 2 Aspherical Elements
- 1 DSA, 2 ED, 1 HD, 2 HR Lens Elements
- High-Speed Imager AF with MSC
- Linear Motor Drive System
- Manual Focus Clutch
- Dust, Freeze and Drip-Proof Construction
- 7-Blade Circular Diaphragm
This special $699 price is available right now.
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Zoom for $698
If you prefer the Panasonic pro zoom with optical image stabilization built in, it is also available right now for $300 off. This has been my go-to pro zoom for photojournalism and event coverage, and it's never let me down. Highlights include:
- 12-35mm Zoom (Equivalent to 24-70mm)
- Micro 4/3 Mount
- Nano Surface Coating Reduces Flare/Ghost
- POWER O.I.S. Image Stabilization
- Splash- and Dust-Proof Design
- UED Lens Minimizes Chromatic Aberration
- Circular Aperture Diaphragm
- Constant f/2.8 Maximum Aperture
- Lightweight--10.8 oz
This special $698 price is available right now.
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