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Portrait lenses for less than $800

#1

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable
 
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Sony SteadyShot
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 30 mm
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 65 mm
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Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS
 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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Sony SteadyShot
 
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Great zoom range
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5.8x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 110 mm
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Zoom range 5.8x
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Diameter 78 mm
#3

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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f/1.4
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Aperture f/1.4
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Image stabilization None
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Length 53 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 74 mm
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Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.4D

"I bought this lens for portraits and low-light sporting events. It takes amazing photos. I recently used it to shot an evening youth football game and couldn't have been happier. I would definitely recommend this lens to everyone." bhphotovideo.com

 
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f/1.4
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Focus motor None
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Aperture f/1.4
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Image stabilization None
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Length 43 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 64 mm
#5

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
 
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11.1x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization None
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Length 102 mm
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Zoom range 11.1x
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 76 mm
#6

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.8D

"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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f/1.8
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Focus motor None
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Aperture f/1.8
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Image stabilization None
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Length 38 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 64 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

"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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7.5x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 101 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 75 mm
#8

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

"Best lens I have bought in years. Of course, it produces great macros. But it can be used for portraits, even indoors. Portrait results blew me away." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 123 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Diameter 78 mm
#9

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Nikon F

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Nikon F

"Image quality is outstanding. Pull for manual focus is a sweet feature." bhphotovideo.com

 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization None
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Length 193 mm
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Diameter 89 mm
#10

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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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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Length 73 mm
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Zoom range 3.3x
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Diameter 62 mm