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Portrait lenses for less than $800

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
 
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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 Canon STM
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Length 41 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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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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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 71 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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Aperture f/1.8
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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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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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS
 
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Great zoom range
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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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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Diameter 75 mm
#5

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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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Length 123 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Min focal length 100 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 78 mm
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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

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

"This is a good lens for the price. It is light enough to carry all day, it has macro capabilities and it is relatively fast on focusing. I use this lens for sports, challenged youth. It is also perfect for wildlife and closeups of plant life. I would recommend this lens." 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 117 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Diameter 76 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

"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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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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Aperture f/1.4
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 74 mm
#8

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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More advanced image stabilization
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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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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Diameter 78 mm
#9

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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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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Aperture f/4.5
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Diameter 64 mm
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Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable
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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 30 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Min focal length 16 mm
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Diameter 65 mm