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Portrait lenses for less than $1,000

#1

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

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f/1.8
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Focus motor Canon STM
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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Length 41 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Min focal length 50 mm
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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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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Length 53 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Min focal length 50 mm
#3

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

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"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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Length 38 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Min focal length 50 mm
#4

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

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"The photos have more vivid colors and a better sharp than my other normal lense. Its really great." bhphotovideo.com

 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS
 
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Great zoom range
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7.5x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 101 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 18 mm
#5

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

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"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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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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Aperture f/1.4
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Length 53 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Min focal length 50 mm
#6

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 5.8x
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Length 110 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Min focal length 18 mm
#7

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

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"I love the crispness and clarity in the pictures." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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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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Aperture f/4
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Length 117 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 70 mm
#8

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable

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Quite short
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30 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 30 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 16 mm
#9

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

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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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Max focal length 210 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Length 108 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 55 mm
#10

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

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"Best lens I have bought in years. Of course, it produces great macros. But it can be used for portraits, even indoors. Portrait results blew me away." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Zoom range 1x
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Length 123 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Min focal length 100 mm