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Portrait lenses for less than $500

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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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Diameter 69 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 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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Diameter 71 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 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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Canon IS
 
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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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Diameter 75 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm
#4

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

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"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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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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Diameter 64 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
#5

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

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"I love the crispness and clarity in the pictures." bhphotovideo.com

 
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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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Diameter 76 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

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"I love how light weight and compact this lens is. Its sharpness at 1.4 is amazing." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
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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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Diameter 74 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Min focal length 50 mm
#7

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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Diameter 65 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 16 mm
#8

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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Diameter 74 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm
#9

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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Diameter 64 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Min focal length 55 mm
#10

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

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7.8x
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 97 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Diameter 78 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm