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Portrait lenses that have a f/4 or faster aperture

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

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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Fixed aperture No
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 30 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Weight 116 g
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Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS
 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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Great zoom range
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5.8x
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Aperture f/4
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 110 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Zoom range 5.8x
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Weight 482 g
#3

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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Fixed aperture n/a
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 53 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Weight 281 g
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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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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
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Aperture f/1.4
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Focus motor None
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Length 43 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Weight 230 g
#5

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
 
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Great zoom range
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11.1x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Fixed aperture No
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 102 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Zoom range 11.1x
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Weight 0.5 kg
#6

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

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Aperture f/2.8
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Length 113 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 70 mm
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Weight 0.8 kg
#7

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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f/1.8
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Aperture f/1.8
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Focus motor None
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Length 38 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Weight 156 g
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

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

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

 
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More advanced image stabilization
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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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Fixed aperture No
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 101 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Weight 455 g
#9

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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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS
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Aperture f/2.8
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Length 123 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Weight 0.6 kg
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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

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

"This is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever seen. Love it so much and is on my camera most of the time now." bhphotovideo.com

 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS II
 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Aperture f/2.8
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Length n/a
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Weight 1.5 kg