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Nikon F Portrait lenses

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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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Max focal length 140 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 97 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Weight 490 g
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G
 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
 
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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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Max focal length 85 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Length 74 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 354 g
#3

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

"Super background blur for a lens of this speed and yes the VR helps" bhphotovideo.com

 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR
 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
 
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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 4.3x
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 142 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Weight 0.7 kg
#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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Quite short
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38 mm
 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
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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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Length 38 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 156 g
#5

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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Max focal length 200 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 188 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Weight 1.3 kg
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Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD [IF] Nikon F

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD [IF] Nikon F

"I have had this lens for only a few weeks, but it's definitely become my primary lens for my D90. I really like the weight and size." bhphotovideo.com

 
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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 Generic motor
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 81 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Weight 430 g
#7

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
 
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Quite short
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53 mm
 
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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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Length 53 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 187 g
#8

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Nikon F

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Nikon F

"It is amazing for the price how crisp and clear the images are with this lens. Beside the ability to work in lower light and create nice out of focus back grounds with the 2.8. This is a must for anyone shoot portraits on a budget. The macro feature on this lens is very good as well." bhphotovideo.com

 
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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 Generic motor
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Zoom range 2.7x
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 75 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 92 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Weight 0.5 kg
#9

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

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

"All around amazing lens. Sturdy build, and very crisp images. Everyday 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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Max focal length 200 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 206 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Weight 1.5 kg
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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

"The macro is incredible for flowers, butterflies, pretty much anything you would want to get 1:2." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
 
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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 119 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 0.6 kg