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Prime Portrait lenses for less than $700

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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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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 38 mm
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Weight 156 g
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

"Use it in low light or for portraits, or as a general walk around lens. It's the one that stays on my camera all the time now. " bhphotovideo.com

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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 41 mm
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Weight 130 g
#3

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 53 mm
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Weight 187 g
#4

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 85 mm
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Length 74 mm
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Weight 354 g
#5

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

"As advertised THE BEST MACRO LENS FOR YOUR MONEY! Auto focus is so smooth that you do not realize that it is on." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
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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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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Length 123 mm
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Weight 0.6 kg
#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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Aperture f/1.4
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 43 mm
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Weight 230 g
#7

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro D Macro Nikon F

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro D Macro Nikon F

"Very impressed with this lens [...].This lens is all about build & image quality & it is also very easy to use & to switch to manual focus." bhphotovideo.com

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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 74 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 100 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Length 95 mm
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Weight 0.5 kg
#8

Nikon Nikkor Micro 60mm f/2.8D

Nikon Nikkor Micro 60mm f/2.8D

"It is a great lens for macro and portraits" bhphotovideo.com

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Focus motor None
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Diameter 71 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 60 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 60 mm
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Length 74 mm
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Weight 440 g
#9

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di Macro Nikon F

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di Macro Nikon F

"It is very sharp, and the colors are fantastic! love, love!" bhphotovideo.com

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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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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 90 mm
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Length 97 mm
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Weight 405 g
#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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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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Aperture f/1.8
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 62 mm
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Weight 202 g