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Portrait lenses for less than $100

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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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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor None
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Length 38 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 64 mm
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Min focal length 50 mm
#2

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

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
 
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f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Length 41 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 69 mm
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Min focal length 50 mm
#4

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.4D

"I bought this lens for portraits and low-light sporting events. It takes amazing photos. I recently used it to shot an evening youth football game and couldn't have been happier. I would definitely recommend this lens to everyone." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor None
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Length 43 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Diameter 64 mm
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Min focal length 50 mm
#5

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS
 
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Sony SteadyShot
 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 62 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 62 mm
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Min focal length 50 mm
#6

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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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 4x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 122 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 71 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 75 mm
#7

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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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 71 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 69 mm
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Max focal length 55 mm
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Min focal length 18 mm
#8

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Sony Alpha

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Sony Alpha

"The macro option is great. I used it a lot with great results. " bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 120 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 76 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
#9

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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Image stabilization Panasonic MEGA O.I.S.
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Zoom range 4.4x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 100 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 70 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Min focal length 45 mm
#10

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario  35-100mm f/4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S.
 
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Panasonic MEGA O.I.S.
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Image stabilization Panasonic MEGA O.I.S.
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 50 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 56 mm
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Min focal length 35 mm