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Portrait lenses for less than $400

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
 
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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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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

"The photos have more vivid colors and a better sharp than my other normal lense. Its really great." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great zoom range
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7.5x
 
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Canon IS
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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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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Diameter 75 mm
#3

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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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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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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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 71 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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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 64 mm
#6

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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250 mm
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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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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Diameter 70 mm
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
 
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Great zoom range
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7.5x
 
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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Length 96 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Diameter 77 mm
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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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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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Aperture f/4.5
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Diameter 76 mm
#9

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
 
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300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 122 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Diameter 71 mm
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

"This is the lens i have wanted for a few years, I had purchased the NON IS lens 5 years ago and had somne decent results with it, but using the IS Lens is a shear joy." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Length 142 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Diameter 76 mm