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Portrait lenses for less than $700 that are 35mm or wider and have a f/2.8 or faster aperture

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Nikon Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF

Nikon Nikkor  24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF

"This is my main general purpose lens and I'm well pleased with it's sharpness, versatility, useful focal range, weight and feel both on the D700 and D300." bhphotovideo.com

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Min focal length 24 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 3.5x
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Focus motor None
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Diameter 79 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 81 mm
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Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon F

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon F

"This lens is really great. The picture quality is awsome. It can make great proxy. I've shot a picture of a spider and i can see the hair over his eyes." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Sigma OS
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Min focal length 17 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 4.1x
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Diameter 79 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 82 mm
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Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF

"I like the lense. It is a great walk around lense which is light and fast enough for situations where other lenses fail. I used to have the 17-85mm EF-S Canon lense before and was looking for a faster alternative that is having a good wide ancle" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Sigma OS
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Min focal length 17 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 4.1x
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Diameter 79 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 82 mm
#4

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Canon EF

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Canon EF

"One of the main pros of these lens is the AF system – fast and acurate." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Sigma OS
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Min focal length 17 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Diameter 84 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 91 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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Sigma OS
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Min focal length 17 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Diameter 84 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 91 mm
#6

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Nikon F

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Nikon F

"It is amazing for the price how crisp and clear the images are with this lens. Beside the ability to work in lower light and create nice out of focus back grounds with the 2.8. This is a must for anyone shoot portraits on a budget. The macro feature on this lens is very good as well." bhphotovideo.com

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Min focal length 28 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 2.7x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 73 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 92 mm
#7

Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Standard

Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Standard
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Min focal length 16 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 3.1x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 81 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 88 mm
#8

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM
 
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Sigma OS
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Min focal length 17 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 4.1x
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Diameter 79 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 82 mm
#9

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

"This is also a great lens for shooting HD video." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
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Min focal length 17 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 3.2x
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Diameter 84 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 112 mm
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Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Canon EF

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Canon EF

"The lens is a great value, easy to use and produces sharp inages in low light settings." bhphotovideo.com

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Min focal length 28 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/2.8
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Zoom range 2.7x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 73 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 92 mm