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Portrait lenses for less than $400

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

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f/1.8
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Zoom range 1x
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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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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 69 mm
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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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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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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 71 mm
#3

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

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"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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Great zoom range
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7.5x
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Zoom range 7.5x
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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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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 75 mm
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Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

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"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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Focus motor None
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Length 38 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 64 mm
#5

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

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Sony SteadyShot
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 30 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Min focal length 16 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 65 mm
#6

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

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"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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Zoom range 4.3x
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 117 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 76 mm
#7

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount

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Sony SteadyShot
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 108 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Diameter 64 mm
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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Canon EF

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"Seems like a pretty good lens. Picture is clear from what I've seen. I use it mostly for film on my Canon T2i. Does get a little blurry at 300 zoom. But overall I am satisfied with the purchase." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 117 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 76 mm
#9

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon F

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13.9x
 
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Sigma OS
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Zoom range 13.9x
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Length 89 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 74 mm
#10

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro

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"Even though the info says it's only for Sigma camera's, it works very well on my Nikon D90." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 120 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 77 mm