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Portrait lenses for less than $500

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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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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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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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Zoom range 7.8x
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Diameter 78 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm
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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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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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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 64 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 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

"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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7.5x
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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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Zoom range 7.5x
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Diameter 75 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 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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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 71 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
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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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Zoom range 1x
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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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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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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 62 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 62 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

"The macro is incredible for flowers, butterflies, pretty much anything you would want to get 1:2." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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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 119 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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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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Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

"It is fast and accurate to focus. Better than my 70-30 NIkkor. It is also shaper at the 300mm end and quiet AF." bhphotovideo.com

 
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300 mm
 
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Tamron VC
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Focus motor Tamron USD
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Length 150 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Diameter 82 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di Macro Nikon F

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di Macro Nikon F

"unbelievable how close you can get to the subject mainly uesd for macro ants,lady bugs,and all fine critters very good buy." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 90 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 97 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 71 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Min focal length 90 mm
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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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Canon IS
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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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Zoom range 4.5x
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Diameter 70 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 55 mm