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Portrait lenses for less than $500

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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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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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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 101 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Weight 455 g
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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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Zoom range 1x
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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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Focus motor Canon STM
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 162 g
#3

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

"Use it in low light or for portraits, or as a general walk around lens. It's the one that stays on my camera all the time now. " bhphotovideo.com

 
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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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Image stabilization None
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Length 41 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 130 g
#4

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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Zoom range 1x
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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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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 187 g
#5

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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Zoom range 4.5x
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 111 mm
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 375 g
#6

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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f/1.8
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Zoom range 1x
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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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Focus motor None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Weight 156 g
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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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Canon IS
 
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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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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 96 mm
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Weight 480 g
#8

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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Zoom range 4x
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 122 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 480 g
#9

Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Nikon F

Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Nikon F
 
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18.8x
 
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300 mm
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Zoom range 18.8x
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Length 100 mm
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Focus motor Tamron PZD
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Min focal length 16 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Weight 0.5 kg
#10

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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300 mm
 
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Canon IS
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 142 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 0.6 kg