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Nikon Portrait lenses

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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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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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Zoom range 1x
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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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 156 g
#2

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR
 
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Great zoom range
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7.8x
 
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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Length 97 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Weight 490 g
#3

Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G

"Unbeatable value for money in comparison to competing mid-range zoom lenses when it comes to outdoor, sport and wildlife photopraphy." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Focus motor None
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Zoom range 4.3x
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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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Max focal length 300 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 425 g
#4

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
 
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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Zoom range 1x
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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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 187 g
#5

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

"This is a great zoom lens that raises the bar on the 70 - 200mm at the refurb price" bhphotovideo.com

 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR
 
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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Length 142 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Weight 0.7 kg
#6

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR
 
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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Zoom range 5x
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Length 86 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Max focal length 80 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Weight 480 g
#7

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

"I've owned this lens for two weeks and couldn't be happier. I've shot images of dogs running full speed and the focus keeps up with them. I've also shot some humans at 150mm @1/30th sec. and they are as sharp as could be. I am 100% happy with this lens." bhphotovideo.com

 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR II
 
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Fixed aperture
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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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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Image stabilization Nikon VR II
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Length 206 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Weight 1.5 kg
#8

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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Quite short
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43 mm
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Focus motor None
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Zoom range 1x
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Image stabilization None
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Length 43 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Weight 230 g
#9

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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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
 
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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Zoom range 1x
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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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Weight 281 g
#10

Nikon Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED

Nikon Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED

"I have taken unbelievable portrait pictures with this lens. The bokeh is exactly as others have described. I have taken night football and hockey shots which I was not able to get with the kit zoom lenses." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Focus motor None
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Image stabilization None
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Length 188 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Weight 1.3 kg