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Portrait lenses for less than $500

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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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 30 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Diameter 65 mm
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Min focal length 16 mm
#2

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

"Clarity and color is amazing in low light situations. Also depth of field is amazingly tight at 1.4. I haven't had problems with the autofocus speed. For the price this lens is amazing." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Length 53 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 74 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#3

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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Length 43 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#4

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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Length 38 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#5

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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Max focal length 135 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 101 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Diameter 75 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Min focal length 18 mm
#6

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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Max focal length 150 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Length 73 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 62 mm
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Zoom range 3.3x
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Min focal length 45 mm
#7

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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Max focal length 210 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Length 108 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Diameter 64 mm
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Min focal length 55 mm
#8

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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Max focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Length 53 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 71 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm
#9

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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Max focal length 300 mm
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Aperture f/4.8
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Length 117 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 69 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Min focal length 75 mm
#10

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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Max focal length 55 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 60 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 62 mm
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Min focal length 18 mm