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Portrait lenses for less than $500

#1

Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC Sony Alpha

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f/1.4
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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 n/a
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Aperture f/1.4
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Diameter n/a
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Zoom range 1x
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Weight 0.5 kg
#2

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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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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Weight 162 g
#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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Weight 156 g
#4

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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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Length 122 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Diameter 76 mm
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Weight 0.5 kg
#5

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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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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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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Weight 490 g
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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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Weight 187 g
#7

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

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable
 
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Sony SteadyShot
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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 30 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 65 mm
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Weight 116 g
#8

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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Weight 130 g
#9

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro

Olympus M.Zuiko  ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 60 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 82 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Diameter 56 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Weight 185 g
#10

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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Sony SteadyShot
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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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Weight 202 g