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Portrait lenses that have a f/2.8 or faster aperture

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 162 g
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Diameter 69 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 41 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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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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Weight 156 g
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Focus motor None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 38 mm
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Zoom range 1x
#3

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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Weight 187 g
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Diameter 71 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 53 mm
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Zoom range 1x
#4

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

"Use it in low light or for portraits, or as a general walk around lens. It's the one that stays on my camera all the time now. " bhphotovideo.com

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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 130 g
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 69 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 41 mm
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Zoom range 1x
#5

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
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Aperture f/2.8
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Diameter 89 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 70 mm
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Length 113 mm
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Zoom range 2.9x
#6

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

"You'll immediately be impressed with the sharpness and detail of your images, and the beautiful boken when shooting at f/2.8. The results are jaw-dropping. It has quickly become my favorite lens." bhphotovideo.com

 
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200 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Weight 1.5 kg
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Diameter n/a
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Length n/a
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Zoom range 2.9x
#7

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

"Best lens I have bought in years. Of course, it produces great macros. But it can be used for portraits, even indoors. Portrait results blew me away." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
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Aperture f/2.8
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Weight 0.6 kg
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Diameter 78 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Length 123 mm
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Zoom range 1x
#8

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.4D

"I bought this lens for portraits and low-light sporting events. It takes amazing photos. I recently used it to shot an evening youth football game and couldn't have been happier. I would definitely recommend this lens to everyone." bhphotovideo.com

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Aperture f/1.4
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Weight 230 g
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Focus motor None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 43 mm
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Zoom range 1x
#9

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

"I love how light weight and compact this lens is. Its sharpness at 1.4 is amazing." bhphotovideo.com

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Aperture f/1.4
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Weight 281 g
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Diameter 74 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 53 mm
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Zoom range 1x
#10

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
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Aperture f/1.4
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Diameter 85 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 100 mm
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Zoom range 1x