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Portrait lenses for less than $600

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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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Focus motor Canon STM
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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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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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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Fixed aperture n/a
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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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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Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G

"This lens is light weight, easy to remove from camera and very easy to focus. I used jut this and my 18mm-55mm lenses. I would enthusiastically reccomend to a friend." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Focus motor None
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Fixed aperture No
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Length 117 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 74 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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Focus motor None
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 38 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 64 mm
#5

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Nikon F

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Nikon F

"The OS works excellent. Clear at even 200mm and nice bokeh." bhphotovideo.com

 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Length 91 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Diameter 84 mm
#6

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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Fixed aperture n/a
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 41 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Diameter 69 mm
#7

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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Great zoom range
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7.8x
 
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Nikon VR
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Fixed aperture No
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Zoom range 7.8x
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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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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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Fixed aperture No
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Length 122 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Diameter 76 mm
#9

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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Fixed aperture No
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Length 101 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 75 mm
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Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

"I use the lens for everyday use. It has a nice range and a good price point for the quality. It is easily interchangeable and well built." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great zoom range
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11.1x
 
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Canon IS
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Fixed aperture No
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Zoom range 11.1x
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Length 102 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Diameter 79 mm