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Portrait lenses for less than $1,000

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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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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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Min focal length 50 mm
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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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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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Fixed aperture n/a
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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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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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

"This is a great universal lens. the color is good and the quality is crisp- just what you would expect from a canon lens." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Fixed aperture
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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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Zoom range 4.4x
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 107 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 24 mm
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Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G

"This lens is light weight, easy to remove from camera and very easy to focus. I used jut this and my 18mm-55mm lenses. I would enthusiastically reccomend to a friend." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Focus motor None
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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 117 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
 
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Canon IS
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 111 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 55 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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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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Min focal length 50 mm
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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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Length 41 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
#8

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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Max focal length 300 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 122 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 75 mm
#9

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

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

"Love this Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens , use it for weddings, family, senior, wildlife, and pet photography. I would recomment others to purchase this lens!" 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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Fixed aperture No
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Length 101 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

"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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More advanced image stabilization
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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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Fixed aperture n/a
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Length 123 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Min focal length 100 mm