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Portrait lenses 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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f/1.4
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Aperture f/1.4
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Length 53 mm
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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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Weight 281 g
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Max 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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f/1.4
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Aperture f/1.4
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Length 43 mm
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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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Weight 230 g
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Max focal length 50 mm
#3

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

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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Aperture f/2.8
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Length 113 mm
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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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Weight 0.8 kg
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Max focal length 70 mm
#4

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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Length 38 mm
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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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Weight 156 g
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Max focal length 50 mm
#5

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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Silent and fast
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Aperture f/2.8
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Length 123 mm
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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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Weight 0.6 kg
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Max focal length 100 mm
#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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Canon IS II
 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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Silent and fast
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Aperture f/2.8
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Length n/a
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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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Weight 1.5 kg
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Max focal length 200 mm
#7

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Nikon F

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Nikon F

"Image quality is outstanding. Pull for manual focus is a sweet feature." bhphotovideo.com

 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
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Aperture f/2.8
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Length 193 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 89 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Weight 1.1 kg
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Max focal length 200 mm
#8

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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Length 53 mm
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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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Weight 187 g
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Max focal length 50 mm
#9

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

"I was told how good this lens is, but it is much better than they said. It is not as heavy as everyone said. i find it just as it should be. If that is a ten carat diamond it should weight like one." bhphotovideo.com

 
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f/1.2
 
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Aperture f/1.2
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Length 84 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Diameter 91 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Weight 1 kg
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Max focal length 85 mm
#10

Nikon Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF

Nikon Nikkor  24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF

"I purchased this lens as an upgrade when i purchased my D90. I have not been disappointed. From weddings to flowers to portraits to everything else, this lens has proven itself a sweet performer everytime. The sharpness is outstanding, the bokeh is amazing,and the overall image qaulity is incredible." bhphotovideo.com

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Aperture f/2.8
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Length 81 mm
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Focus motor None
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Diameter 79 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Weight 0.5 kg
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Fixed aperture No
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Max focal length 85 mm