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Portrait lenses for less than $300

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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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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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Diameter 69 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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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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Diameter 71 mm
#3

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

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

"Unbeatable value for money in comparison to competing mid-range zoom lenses when it comes to outdoor, sport and wildlife photopraphy." 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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Aperture f/4
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Length 117 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 74 mm
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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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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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Diameter 64 mm
#5

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Nikon F

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Nikon F

"Amazing very nice 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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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Length 91 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Diameter 84 mm
#6

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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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Length 41 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 69 mm
#7

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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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR
 
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Great zoom range
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7.8x
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 97 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 78 mm
#8

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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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR
 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Length 122 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 76 mm
#9

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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More advanced image stabilization
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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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Aperture f/4
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Length 111 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 70 mm
#10

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
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Focus motor Canon USM
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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 51 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 74 mm