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Portrait lenses for less than $1,000

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
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Zoom range 1x
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Aperture f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Length 41 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 69 mm
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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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Zoom range 7.5x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 101 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 75 mm
#3

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
 
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f/1.8
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Zoom range 1x
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Aperture f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 53 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 71 mm
#4

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

"Use it in low light or for portraits, or as a general walk around lens. It's the one that stays on my camera all the time now. " bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.8
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Zoom range 1x
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Aperture f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 41 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 69 mm
#5

Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Nikon F

Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Nikon F
 
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Great zoom range
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18.8x
 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Zoom range 18.8x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Focus motor Tamron PZD
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Length 100 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 75 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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Zoom range 1x
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Aperture f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Focus motor None
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Length 38 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 64 mm
#7

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Canon EF

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Canon EF
 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Max focal length 70 mm
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Focus motor Tamron USD
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Length 117 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Diameter 89 mm
#8

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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Zoom range 4.5x
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Length 111 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 70 mm
#9

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

"Awesome lens, affordable, quality construction, noticably faster than older lens, definitely has improved picture quality/sharpness" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Aperture f/4.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 122 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 76 mm
#10

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

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS
 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Zoom range 5.8x
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 110 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Diameter 78 mm