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Portrait lenses

#1

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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Sony SteadyShot
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 30 mm
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 116 g
#2

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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Sony SteadyShot
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 110 mm
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Zoom range 5.8x
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Weight 482 g
#3

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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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Aperture f/1.4
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Image stabilization None
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Length 53 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Weight 281 g
#4

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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Focus motor None
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Aperture f/1.4
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Image stabilization None
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Length 43 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization None
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Length 102 mm
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Zoom range 11.1x
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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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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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization None
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Length 113 mm
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Max focal length 70 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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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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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
 
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Quite short
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38 mm
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Focus motor None
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Aperture f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Length 38 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Weight 156 g
#8

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

"As advertised THE BEST MACRO LENS FOR YOUR MONEY! Auto focus is so smooth that you do not realize that it is on." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 123 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Weight 0.6 kg
#10

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