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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

"Perfect photos at 65 mph at f8 @1/800! This lens lets in lots of light so I can use a fast shutter and get absolutely no blur at highway speeds." 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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Max focal length 50 mm
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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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Zoom range 1x
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 64 mm
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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

"The optics are everything that I had expected and more." bhphotovideo.com

 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 107 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Zoom range 4.4x
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 84 mm
#3

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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 41 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Zoom range 1x
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 69 mm
#4

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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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 122 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Zoom range 4x
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 71 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

"The lens is fast and sharp. A real joy to use." bhphotovideo.com

 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 70 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 132 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Aperture f/2.8
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Diameter 84 mm
#6

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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Max focal length 50 mm
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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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Zoom range 1x
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Aperture f/1.4
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Diameter 64 mm
#7

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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 108 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Aperture f/4.5
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Diameter 64 mm
#8

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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 62 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Zoom range 1x
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 62 mm
#9

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 175 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 80 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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Focus motor Canon STM
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Max focal length 55 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 75 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 69 mm