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Prime Portrait lenses

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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
 
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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Diameter 71 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Length 53 mm
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Weight 187 g
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
#2

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
 
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Diameter 69 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Length 41 mm
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Weight 162 g
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
#3

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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Focus motor None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Length 38 mm
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Weight 156 g
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
#4

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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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 69 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Length 41 mm
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Weight 130 g
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
#5

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
 
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Diameter 74 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Length 51 mm
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Weight 290 g
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Aperture f/1.4
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Max focal length 50 mm
#6

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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Focus motor None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Length 43 mm
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Weight 230 g
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Aperture f/1.4
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Max focal length 50 mm
#7

Nikon Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF

Nikon Nikkor  85mm f/1.4D IF

"Crisp, clear images. Gorgeous color. Love it....great addition to my bag for portraits." bhphotovideo.com

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Focus motor None
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Diameter 79 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 85 mm
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Length 145 mm
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Weight 0.6 kg
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Aperture f/1.4
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Max focal length 85 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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Silent and fast
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Diameter 78 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Min focal length 100 mm
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Length 123 mm
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Weight 0.6 kg
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 100 mm
#9

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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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 71 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 90 mm
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Length 97 mm
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Weight 405 g
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 90 mm
#10

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS
 
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Sony SteadyShot
 
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Silent and fast
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 62 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Length 62 mm
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Weight 202 g
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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm