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Portrait lenses for less than $300

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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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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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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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
 
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Great zoom range
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7.8x
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Length 97 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 78 mm
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Min focal length 18 mm
#3

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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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 64 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#4

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6

Panasonic Lumix G Vario  45-150mm f/4-5.6
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 73 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 62 mm
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Zoom range 3.3x
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Min focal length 45 mm
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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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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 53 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 71 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#6

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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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 62 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#7

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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Focus motor Canon STM
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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 69 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 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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Great telephoto lens
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250 mm
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 111 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 70 mm
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Min focal length 55 mm
#9

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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Aperture f/4.5
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Diameter 64 mm
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Min focal length 55 mm
#10

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

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

"This is a good lens for the price. It is light enough to carry all day, it has macro capabilities and it is relatively fast on focusing. I use this lens for sports, challenged youth. It is also perfect for wildlife and closeups of plant life. I would recommend this lens." 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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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 117 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 76 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm