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Sony ALC-SH176 Lens Hood for the SEL70200G2 lens
Sony ALC-SH176 Lens Hood for the SEL70200G2 lens
Sony ALC-SH176 Lens Hood for SEL70200G2 Specifically designed for the Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS II lens This lens hood helps to minimise flare by deflecting stray light from entering the lens. The hood also provides additional protection to the lens from accidental impacts, bumps, or scratching.

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Sony FE 50mm F1.4 G Master lensSony FE 50mm F1.4 G Master lens
Sony FE 50mm F1.4 G Master lens
G Master - Flagship level optics and build quality provide a professional shooting experience.  Four XD Linear Motors - Incredibly fast and accurate real time subject acquisition and tracking.  Beautiful bokeh - 11 bladed circular diaphram for beautiful defocus effects.  Classic look - The 50mm lens is ideal for portraits and low light work.  F1.4 - The bright f1.4 aperture provides breathtaking imagery in a small and compact body.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS II lensSony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS II lens
Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS II lens
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£1,749.00
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Sony FE 20-70mm f4 G LensSony FE 20-70mm f4 G Lens
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Sony FE 20-70mm f4 G Lens
Standards redefined - A lens like no other! Go from ultra-wide to short telephoto all-in-one.  Incredibly detailed - The inclusion of two advanced aspherical and three extra-low dispersion elements help provide outstanding image quality.  Lightning fast - Two XD Linear Motors provide lightning fast AF speed and unbeatable accuracy.  Rugged and reliable - Weather sealed construction and a flourine coated front element offers peace ofmind when shooting outdoors.  Compact design - The lens is small and compact, ideal for travel.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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Sony E 11 mm f1.8 Wide Angle Prime LensSony E 11 mm f1.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens
Sony E 11 mm f1.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens
State-of-the-art optics - This lens delivers consistently high resolution right out to the image edges.  Advanced optics - Precisely controlled spherical aberration and a 7-blade circular aperture produce beautiful bokeh.  Tiny dimensions - Outstanding mobility and easy handling are great for long handheld or grip-mounted shooting.  Speedy AF - Two linear motors give this large-aperture lens impressively fast, precise autofocus and tracking.  Fast aperture - The f1.8 aperture makes this an ideal lens for low-light scenarios.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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£499.00
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Sony E 15mm f1.4 G Wide Angle Prime LensSony E 15mm f1.4 G Wide Angle Prime Lens
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Sony E 15mm f1.4 G Wide Angle Prime Lens
Superb optics - Outstanding G Lens resolution across the frame.  Compact and lightweight - An ideal lens for travel or gimbal work.  Beautiful Bokeh - The large F1.4 aperture and 7 bladed circular aperture provide beautifully soft bokeh.  Nano AR Coating - The front element features Sony's Nano AR Coating to eliminate flare and ghosting.  Professional reliability - Built to endure harsh environments and keep on working.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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£749.00 £699.00

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Sony E PZ 10-20mm f4 G Powerzoom Lens
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Sony E PZ 10-20mm f4 G Powerzoom Lens
Small and compact - The world’s smallest and lightest ultra-wide-angle G Lens with power zoom at the time of release.  Sharp optics - An ED aspherical element provides high resolution throughout the zoom.  Power zoom controls - Responsive power zoom instantly translates zoom ring motion to zoom operation.  Fast AF - Two linear motors for fast, quiet, low vibration autofocus.  Professional reliability - Built to endure harsh environments and keep on working.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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£749.00 £699.00
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Sony FE PZ 16-35mm f4 G Wide-angle Power Zoom lensSony FE PZ 16-35mm f4 G Wide-angle Power Zoom lens
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Sony FE PZ 16-35mm f4 G Wide-angle Power Zoom lens
Incredibly sharp - ED, Super ED and ED glass ensure outstanding resolution.  Beautifully smooth bokeh - A circular 7-blade diaphram creates beautiful background bokeh defocus effects .  Fast and precise -Four Extreme Dynamic Linear Motors deliver faster and more accurate focusing than conventional lenses.  Consistant exposure - The constant F4 aperture maintains brightness throughout the zoom range, ideal for video work.  Durable - This lens is dust and moisture resistant for extra protection and reliable operation in challenging environments.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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£1,299.00 £1,229.00

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Sony FE 14mm f1.8 G Master lensSony FE 14mm f1.8 G Master lens
Sony FE 14mm f1.8 G Master lens
G Master - Flagship level optics and build quality provide a professional shooting experience.  Fast and wide - Large aperture ultra-wide perspectives in an incredibly compact lens.  Innovative optics - Two XA, one Super ED and two ED glass elements provide outstanding image sharpness and clarity across the frame, even wide open.  XD Linear Motors - Two XD Linear Motors contribute to fast and precise autofocus and tracking.  Control and reliability - A focus hold button, focus mode switch and focus ring are designed and positioned for easy operation.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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£1,399.00
Sony ALC-F77S Front lens cap, 77mmSony ALC-F77S Front lens cap, 77mm
Sony ALC-F77S Front lens cap, 77mm
For 70-200 f2.8, 100-400 and any lens with a 77mm filter thread One Year Warranty

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£12.90

Sony ALC-F82S Front lens cap, 82mmSony ALC-F82S Front lens cap, 82mm
Sony ALC-F82S Front lens cap, 82mm
For 135 f1.8, 16-35 GM, 24-70 GM and any lens with an 82mm filter threadOne Year UK Warranty

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£18.90
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Sony ALC-F95S Front lens cap, 95mmSony ALC-F95S Front lens cap, 95mm
Sony ALC-F95S Front lens cap, 95mm
For 18-110, 28-135, 200-600 and any lens with a 95mm filter threadOne Year Warranty

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£29.90

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Sony FE 12-24mm f2.8 G Master lensSony FE 12-24mm f2.8 G Master lens
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Sony FE 12-24mm f2.8 G Master lens
G Master - Flagship level optics and build quality provide a professional shooting experience.  Wide range - The ultra-wide f2.8 zoom range is Ideal for shooting landscapes, starry skies, architecture and funky portraits.  Innovative optics - The highly complex optical formula includes three XA, two Super ED and three ED glass elements to provide the absolute best image quality.  XD Linear Motors - Four XD Linear Motors, two for each of the lens’s focus groups, contribute to fast, precise autofocus and tracking.  Control and reliability - A focus hold button, focus mode switch, zoom ring, focus ring, and other controls are designed and positioned for easy operation.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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£2,899.00 £2,699.00
Sony ALC-SH162 Lens Hood for the SEL20F18G lens

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Sony E 16-55mm f2.8 G lensSony E 16-55mm f2.8 G lens
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Sony E 16-55mm f2.8 G lens
Fast standard - Premium optics with a constant f2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range.  Perfect everyday lens - Landscapes, portraits, street and travel, this lens is ideal for your everyday use.  Stunning resolution - Advanced Ashperical and ED glass elements offer excellent clarity throughout the zoom range.  XD Linear Motor - Autofocus is fast and reliable thanks to Sony's powerful XD Linear motor.  Professional reliability - Built to endure harsh environments and keep on working.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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£1,199.00 £1,049.00
Sony ALC-SH157 Lens Hood for the 200-600 G lens
Sony ALC-SH157 Lens Hood for the 200-600 G lens
Hard lens hood to cut down flare, keep light rain off the front element and provide some protection from knocks and bangs.One Year UK Warranty

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£69.90

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Sony FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G lensSony FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G lens
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Sony FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G lens
High Resolution Glass -The inclusion of one aspherical and five ED glass elements provide highly detailed images throughout the zoom range.  Nano AR Coating - Sony’s original Nano AR Coating helps to cut out flare and ghosting.  Beautiful natural bokeh - The 11-bladed circular iris mechanism adds striking images with deep, creamy bokeh.  Superbly balanced - The length of the lens does not change while zooming thanks to its internal zoom mechanism.  Durable - This lens is dust and moisture resistant for extra protection and reliable operation in challenging environments.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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£1,699.00 £1,559.00
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Sony FE 135mm f1.8 G Master lens
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Sony FE 135mm f1.8 G Master lens
G Master - Flagship level optics and build quality provide a professional shooting experience.  Sony Nano AR Coating to eliminate flare and ghosting.  Focus range limiter switch and other features support professional shooting needs.  XD Linear Motor offering excellent response and low vibration for fast, precise, quiet AF.  XA elements and Super ED glass for high resolution throughout the image area.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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£1,749.00 £1,549.00

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Sony FE 24mm f1.4 G Master lens
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Sony FE 24mm f1.4 G Master lens
G Master - Flagship level optics and build quality provide a professional shooting experience.  Minimum Focus Distance 0.24m (0.79 ft).  DDSM Motor for fast, precise and quiet AF for stills and movies.  Circular 11-blade iris for beautiful defocus effects.  Dust and moisture-resistant design.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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£1,449.00 £1,259.00
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Sony ALC-B1E Alpha E-mount body cap

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£6.99

Sony ALC-F405S Front lens cap 40.5mm for E 16-50
Sony ALC-F405S Front lens cap 40.5mm for E 16-50
Replacement lens cap for the SELP16-50 power zoom lens - and any other lens with a 40.5mm filter threadOne Year UK Warranty

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Sony ALC-F49S Front lens cap, 49mm

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£8.90

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Sony ALC-F62S Front lens cap, 62mm

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£8.90
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Sony ALC-F72S Front lens cap, 72mm

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£10.50

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Sony ALC-R1E Alpha E-mount rear lens cap

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£6.99
Sony ALC-SH151 Lens Hood for the FE 100-400 lens
Sony ALC-SH151 Lens Hood for the FE 100-400 lens
Hard lens hood to cut down flare, keep light rain off the front element and provide some protection from knocks and bangs.One Year UK Warranty

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£79.90

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Sony Alpha body cap
Sony Alpha body cap
One Year WarrantyEnd of line - available while stocks last

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£6.99
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Sony Alpha rear lens cap
Sony Alpha rear lens cap
One Year WarrantyEnd of line - available while stocks last

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£6.99

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Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 G Master lens
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Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 G Master lens
G Master - Flagship level optics and build quality provide a professional shooting experience.  8 elements in 13 groups including one XA as well as ED and Super ED elements.  Weather-sealed and Nano AR lens coating.  Nine circular iris blades.  0.38m minimum focus.  82mm Filter thread.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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£1,699.00 £1,599.00
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Sony Front Lens Cap, 55mm Diameter

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£8.90

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Sony FE 24-105mm f4 OSS G lens
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Sony FE 24-105mm f4 OSS G lens
Versatile range - High quality zoom lens with an f4 aperture throughout the zoom range.  High quality optics - The high-performance G series optics provide stunning detail and clarity throughout the zoom range.  Quiet AF - Sony’s Direct Drive SSM AF drive system offers fast, precise, quiet focusing.  Nano AR Coating - The front element features Sony's Nano AR Coating to eliminate flare and ghosting.  Durable - This lens is dust and moisture resistant for extra protection and reliable operation in challenging environments.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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£1,159.00 £929.00
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Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 OSS G Master lensSony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 OSS G Master lens
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Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 OSS G Master lens
G Master - Flagship level optics and build quality provide a professional shooting experience.  Versatile range - The 100-400mm focal length makes this ideal for a wide range of scenarios.  Lightning quick - An optimal combination of double linear motor and DDSSM drive systems achieves quick response, high accuracy, and tenacious tracking.  Incredible close-ups - A floating focus mechanism achieves a minimum focus distance of just 0.98m and a maximum magnification of 0.35.  Durable - This lens is dust and moisture resistant for extra protection and reliable operation in challenging environments.  Extra reach - Fully compatible with the high-performance SEL14TC and SEL20TC teleconverters for a 1.4x or 2x increase in focal length.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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£2,399.00 £2,099.00

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Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 OSS G Master lens
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Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 OSS G Master lens
G Master - Flagship level optics and build quality provide a professional shooting experience.   Detail and resolution - Stunning blend of XA, Aspherical, Super ED and ED glass elements offer extremely high resolution and detailed images.  Lightning quick - An optimal combination of double linear motor and DDSSM drive systems achieves quick response, high accuracy, and tenacious tracking.  Durable - This lens is dust and moisture resistant for extra protection and reliable operation in challenging environments.  Extra reach - Fully compatible with the high-performance SEL14TC and SEL20TC teleconverters for a 1.4x or 2x increase in focal length.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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£1,999.00 £1,939.00
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Sony FE 70-200mm f4 OSS zoom lensSony FE 70-200mm f4 OSS zoom lens
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Sony FE 70-200mm f4 OSS zoom lens
Compact and versatile - This compact, lightweight full-frame E-mount zoom lens maximises mobility as well as balance with Sony Alpha mirrorless bodies.  Professional quality - Constant f4 aperture throughout the zoom offers superior optical quality.  Super ED Glass - High-end optics featuring advanced aspherical and super ED glass elements offer sharp and well corrected images.  Impressive bokeh - The 9-bladed circular iris helps create impressive background blur.  Dual AF motors - Autofocus is not only fast, but highly accurate and silent thanks to the dual linear motors.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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£1,149.00 £1,055.00

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Sony FE 12-24mm f4 G lensSony FE 12-24mm f4 G lens
Sony FE 12-24mm f4 G lens
Expansive views - The 12-24mm f4 is an ultra-wide lens ideal for tight spaces, landscapes or architecture.  Immense details - A complex optical formula containing Aspherical, ED and Super ED glass elements provide stunning corner to corner resolution.  Compact and lightweight - A new design significantly reduces overall length and brings the weight down to 565g.  Nano AR Coating - The front element features Sony's Nano AR Coating to eliminate flare and ghosting.  Durable - This lens is dust and moisture resistant for extra protection and reliable operation in challenging environments.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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Sony FE 16-35mm f2.8 G Master lens
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Sony FE 16-35mm f2.8 G Master lens
G Master - Flagship level optics and build quality provide a professional shooting experience.  High resolution - A blend of XA, Aspherical and ED glass elements provide the ultimate image quality.  Smooth bokeh - The bright f2.8 aperture helps you to capture images in low-light and provide smooth looking bokeh when shooting close up.  Nano AR Coating - The front element features Sony's Nano AR Coating to eliminate flare and ghosting.  Durable - This lens is dust and moisture resistant for extra protection and reliable operation in challenging environments.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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Sony FE 16-35mm f4 ZA OSS Zeiss Vario Tessar T* lens
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Sony FE 16-35mm f4 ZA OSS Zeiss Vario Tessar T* lens
ZEISS - 16-35mm Full Frame wide-angle zoom lens.  Constant F4 - Constant maximum f4 aperture throughout zoom range.  ZEISS T* - Legendary T* anti-reflective coating minimises flare.  Optical SteadyShot - Built-in OSS image stabilisation helps to keep things steady.  Professional reliability - Built to endure harsh environments and keep on working.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS 10x Zoom lens
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Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS 10x Zoom lens
Travel zoom - The huge 24-240mm zoom range makes this an ideal solution for a travel lens.  Soft backround blur - The 7-bladed circular aperture provides a soft blur to your backgrounds.  Fast and silent - Smooth and silent linear focus motor.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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£749.00 £719.00

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Sony FE 1.4x Tele Converter
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Sony FE 1.4x Tele Converter
Matched to FE 70-200 f2.8 for full G Master performance | 1.4x magnification reducing the relative aperture by just one stopUpgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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£549.00 £479.00
Sony FE 28-70mm f3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom lens
Sony FE 28-70mm f3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom lens
An ideal light weight all-purpose zoom lens.  Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization.  Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction.  Circular 7-Blade diaphram for beautiful defocus effects.  Weight 295g.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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£395.00

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Sony FE 35mm f2.8 Zeiss Sonnar lens
Sony FE 35mm f2.8 Zeiss Sonnar lens
ZEISS 35mm light weight, full frame prime lens.  Bright F2.8 maximum aperture.  ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating minimises flare.  Circular 7-blade aperture for beautiful defocus effects.  Dust and moisture resistant design.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% Finance

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Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro OSS G lensSony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro OSS G lens
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Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro OSS G lens
1:1 macro with optical steady-shot, Direct drive Sonic Wave autofocus, focus hold, limiter and direct manual focus for full control. Nano coating, minimum focus 275mmUpgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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Sony E 24mm f1.8 Zeiss Sonnar T* lens
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Sony E 24mm f1.8 Zeiss Sonnar T* lens
24mm lens for 6000 SERIES, ETC. Top quality wide-angle lens to match the 6000 SERIES, ETC 7.Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% FinanceEnd of line - available while stocks last

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Sony E 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS Power Zoom lens for Sony ESony E 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS Power Zoom lens for Sony E
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Sony E 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS Power Zoom lens for Sony E
Incredibly small - Featuring a retractable lens design, the 16-50mm is very compact making it ideal for travel.  General purpose - Wide to standard, the 16-50mm lens easily covers the everyday shooting.  Refined optics - Aspherical lens elements minimise distortion while ED glass elements provide superior contrast, resolution, and colour.  Power zoom - The lens features an easily accessible rocker switch for effortless zoom control.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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Sony E 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OSS LE lens,black
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Sony E 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OSS LE lens,black
Travel friendly - Ideal travel lens thanks to the small and compact design, weighing only 460g.  Large zoom range - From a wide 18mm, to the telephoto 200mm, this 11x zoom range can easily cover a variety of scenarios.  Clear optics - Aspherical and ED glass elements offer excellent clarity throughout the zoom range.  Stabilised - Built-in OSS (Optical SteadyShot) image stabilisation keeps things steady for you.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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Sony FE 16-25mm F2.8 G lensSony FE 16-25mm F2.8 G lens
Sony FE 16-25mm F2.8 G lens
Fast and wide - Premium optics with a constant f2.8 aperture throughout the wide-angle zoom range.  Sharp and detailed - Three ED and four aspherical elements that include one ED Aspherical glass element deliver high resolution and clarity throughout the zoom range.  Great for movies - The compact nature of the lens makes it ideal for gimbals or handheld video work.  Comprehensive control - Focus, zoom, and aperture rings provide instant control.  Professional reliability - Built to endure harsh environments and keep on working.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear0% FinanceNew this month

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Sony ALC-SH151 Lens Hood for the FE 24-50mm G lens
Sony ALC-SH151 Lens Hood for the FE 24-50mm G lens
Genuine Sony Product - Designed to fit the FE 24-50mm f2.8G.  Block unwanted light - Reduces flare and ghosting caused by stray light.  Protection - The durable plastic construction gives good protection against knocks and bumps.  

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Sony FE 24-50mm F2.8 G lensSony FE 24-50mm F2.8 G lens
Sony FE 24-50mm F2.8 G lens
Bright f/2.8 aperture - ideal for low-light conditions and subject isolation.  G Lens high image quality through entire zoom range - High resolution.  Fast, precise, quiet AutoFocus with subject tracking.  High operability and reliability.  Small, compact, lightweight and portable - Take it anywhere.  Ultra Sharp Fujinon 23mm f2 II lens - high resolving power to match the 40mp sensor.  Upgrading? Check our offer for your old gear

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What are the types of camera lenses?

  • Camera lenses are generally defined by two key factors.  The first is thing you will see is the Focal Length. The Focal length of a lens will be measured in mm and can vary from as low as 4.5mm right up to 1200mm or even higher.
  • The second factor is the Aperture.  The aperture is measured as a fraction of focal length/diameter of the lens – But you do not need to know this! What you’ll need to know is that a f/1.8 lens is ‘faster’ than an f/2.8 and will as a rule cost more money!

How do I know which lenses fit my camera?

  • The absolute basic is to know what camera you have, almost all cameras use their own mounts so you will likely need one of – Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic/Olympus ( Known as Micro Four Thirds )

  • Once you have established this, you will need to know if your camera is an SLR or Mirrorless
  • Finally, do you have a ‘Full-frame’ camera or a Crop Sensor – This one is simplified with certain brands as they do not make a Full-Frame option!
  • If all of that has confused you, get in touch, we can point you in the right direction in no time.

So you know what lenses fit you camera, which has probably narrowed things down from the 1000s into the 100s now…

What should I look for when choosing a lens?

  • With lenses ranging from under £150 right up to the deposit on a flat (Seriously), setting your budget is a good place to start.
  • The most important thing to consider when choosing a lens is what are you hoping to photograph? If you are hoping to get in closer than you see with your eye then a Telephoto Lens would be what you need. If you want to fit more in then a cleverly named Wide Angle lens is what you are after. As a point of reference the human eye sees at around 50mm, so is often referred to as a Standard Lens, any number lower than this will be Wide Angle, any number larger will be Telephoto. If you have a crop sensor camera then the Standard lens is either 25mm for Panasonic/Olympus or 35mm for everyone else.
  • The next consideration is would you like a Zoom Lens or a Fixed Lens? A Zoom Lens is any lens with a variable focal length. They are available in wide angle, telephoto, and standard.  If you bought your camera with a lens it is likely a Standard Zoom, i.e. one which covers the Standard focal length for your camera. A fixed lens is a lens which does not zoom, these are some of the simplest lenses and by their nature can give some of the best results, but their lack of flexibility does not suit everyone.

What does an aperture do?

  • The aperture is simply the hole in the lens through which the light travels.
  • The aperture of a lens affects 2 factors. The first is fairly obvious, a wider aperture will allow more light to pass through the lens, this has the effect of allowing you to use faster shutter speeds.  Or if you prefer... More light can hit the sensor for any given shutter speed. Think of it like the iris of your eye.
  • The 2nd effect of changing your aperture is the depth of field. A physically larger lens needs to be focussed more accurately to bring the light rays from the edge of the lens to the same point as those that pass straight through the centre.  A wide aperture (say f1.8) will create a shallow depth of field.  This is what you will be looking for to take nice sharp portraits with a soft blur to the background (known as Bokeh). By contrast, a pin-hole camera only passes light straight through and does not need to be focussed.

What is a Prime Lens?

  • A Prime lens is any lens with a fixed aperture - Think 50mm f1.8 AKA the Nifty 50. These lenses are often some of the highest quality lenses. This is due to the fact they contain fewer elements than a zoom lens, each element will effect the light transmission slightly as it passes through. 

 What is a Zoom Lens?

What is a Wide angle / Fisheye Lens?

  • A Wide angle is any lens with allows you to distort the image to fit more in. These are great when you cant step back to fit more in and are used for Landscapes, large group shots (Think Weddings & School photos) and Architecture. Anything wider than 28mm is considered wide, but the lower the mm the wider the lens. Popular Wide angles will start from 16mm, or in some cases even wider. Though at this point they are often referred to as Fisheye. See all the wide angle lenses we stock here and filter by brand.
  • A Fisheye lens is an extremely wide angle lens which will distort the image, often into a circular image. See all the fisheye lenses we stock here and filter by brand.

What is a Telephoto Lens?

What is a Macro Lens?

  • Macro is something often seen on lenses, but a true Macro Lens is one which will give what is known as a 1:1 ratio. What this means it that the image hitting the sensor is the same size as in real life... The result is a close up photo with no distortion. Macro lenses often produce very shallow depth of fields and are used to create amazing abstract photograhpy of even the most mundane subjects. A true Macro Lens will usually be a fixed focal length and are usually in the range of 60-120mm (Though not always!) See all the macro lenses we stock here and filter by brand.

In Summary

  • There are 3 main considerations; Which Focal Length would you like? Is a wide Aperture important to you? And do you need a Zoom?

If you would like help answering these questions, that is where Castle Cameras comes in. Our expert team will be happy to help you find the right lens for the job. Just pop into one of our shops, give us a ring or start a live chat.