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Lenses for less than $400 that have a f/2.8 or faster aperture

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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

"Clarity and color is amazing in low light situations. Also depth of field is amazingly tight at 1.4. I haven't had problems with the autofocus speed. For the price this lens is amazing." bhphotovideo.com

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Aperture f/1.4
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Diameter 74 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 53 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.4D

"Love this lens for those closeup shots. I needed a lens with a high F stop and I love to take portrait shots and it works great for them. The background blurs just like I needed it to!" bhphotovideo.com

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Aperture f/1.4
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 43 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX

"This lens has quickly become my default lens. It's very versatile, and the system allows focus to be tweaked manually after auto-focusing. For the price you can't beat it." bhphotovideo.com

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Aperture f/1.8
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Diameter n/a
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Auto focus Yes
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Length n/a
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 35 mm
#4

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS
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Aperture f/2
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 73 mm
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Auto focus No
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Length 58 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 12 mm
#5

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.8D

"This is a MUST OWN lens in the Nikon AF line. Not only sharp and fast, but my favorite perspective and CHEAP to buy! It's the best way to learn how ALL of the photojournalists in the 40s-70s shot EVERYTHING they printed." bhphotovideo.com

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Aperture f/1.8
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 38 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
#6

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II

Panasonic Lumix G  20mm f/1.7 II
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Aperture f/1.7
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 63 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 26 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 20 mm
#7

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Sony E

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Sony E
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 61 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 46 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 19 mm
#8

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Diameter 68 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 23 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 24 mm
#9

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
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Aperture f/1.8
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Diameter 71 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 53 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
#10

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon F

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon F

"This lens is really great. The picture quality is awsome. It can make great proxy. I've shot a picture of a spider and i can see the hair over his eyes." bhphotovideo.com

 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Great zoom range
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4.1x
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 4.1x
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Diameter 79 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 82 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Min focal length 17 mm