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Portrait lenses for less than $300

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

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable
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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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Diameter 65 mm
#2

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.4D

"Love this lens for those closeup shots. I needed a lens with a high F stop and I love to take portrait shots and it works great for them. The background blurs just like I needed it to!" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
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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/1.4
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Length 43 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 64 mm
#3

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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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
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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

"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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Diameter 75 mm
#5

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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Zoom range 3.3x
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Length 73 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 62 mm
#6

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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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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Diameter 64 mm
#7

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
#8

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II

Olympus M.Zuiko  ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II
 
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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 4x
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Aperture f/4.8
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Length 117 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 69 mm
#9

Sony E-Mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Sony E-Mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 55 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 60 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 62 mm
#10

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

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

"The optics are everything that I had expected and more." 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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Aperture f/4
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Length 107 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Diameter 84 mm