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Portrait lenses for less than $100

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

"I purchased this lens because it's small, sharp, fast, light and cheap. Something I can put on my Canon body and take with me on business trips " bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 1x
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Image stabilization None
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Length 41 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Diameter 69 mm
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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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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Diameter 64 mm
#3

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS
 
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f/1.8
 
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Sony SteadyShot
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 1x
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 62 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Diameter 62 mm
#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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Zoom range 1x
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Image stabilization None
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Length 43 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Diameter 64 mm
#5

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
 
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300 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 4x
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Image stabilization None
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Length 122 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 71 mm
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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S.

"I'm very impressed with the quality of the photos with this lens. I couldn't find anything wrong with any photos at any range. Durable construction, not too long as to make the camera unbalanced. Nice lens!!!" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Panasonic MEGA O.I.S.
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 4.4x
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Image stabilization Panasonic MEGA O.I.S.
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Length 100 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 45 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Diameter 70 mm
#7

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

"More than satisfied with the sharp, fast focus, but even happier with portrait results." bhphotovideo.com

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Focus motor Canon USM
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Zoom range 1x
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Image stabilization None
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Length 70 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Min focal length 60 mm
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Max focal length 60 mm
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Diameter 73 mm
#8

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount
 
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Sony SteadyShot
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 108 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Diameter 64 mm
#9

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
 
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Canon IS II
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Length 71 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Max focal length 55 mm
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Diameter 69 mm
#10

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
 
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Canon IS
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 75 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Max focal length 55 mm
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Diameter 69 mm