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Portrait lenses that have a f/4 or faster aperture

#1

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

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f/1.8
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Aperture f/1.8
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 41 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 69 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

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f/1.8
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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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 53 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 71 mm
#3

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

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"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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f/1.8
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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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 38 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 64 mm
#4

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

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"The photos have more vivid colors and a better sharp than my other normal lense. Its really great." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
 
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Great zoom range
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7.5x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 101 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 75 mm
#5

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

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

 
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f/1.4
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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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 53 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 74 mm
#6

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 5.8x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 110 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Diameter 78 mm
#7

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

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"This is a good lens for the price. It is light enough to carry all day, it has macro capabilities and it is relatively fast on focusing. I use this lens for sports, challenged youth. It is also perfect for wildlife and closeups of plant life. I would recommend this lens." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 117 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 76 mm
#8

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable

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Quite short
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30 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 30 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 65 mm
#9

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

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"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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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 123 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 78 mm
#10

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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Zoom range 2.9x
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Max focal length 70 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 113 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Diameter 89 mm