Best Budget Lenses for Portrait Photographers Under $500

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Look for the best budget lenses for portraiture?

Do you shoot portraits? Do you have an income that negates your dreams of owning that latest L Series or G-Master lens? Well then, we have the post for you today as we take a look at what we consider the current selection of lenses best suited for portraits, all under $500. So, take a break from the checking under the couch cushions for money and take a gander at the lenses you should be looking at for your budget portrait kit!Best Brand Name Portrait Lenses Under $500

Chances are you would prefer to get a brand name lens for your camera; some manufacturers are better about providing budget lens options for portrait photographers than others. But overall you should have at least one or two options on the list below for your camera.

  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01DLMD5O6′ text=’Sony FE 50mm F1.8′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d9216a8d-fde6-11e6-b2ea-91a82dfdb117′] (Read our Review)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B00X8MRBCW’ text=’Canon 50mm F1.8 STM’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e5a63826-fde6-11e6-9959-33b3a8ace1fe’] (Read our Review)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B013TCJ9WA’ text=’Nikon 50mm F1.8 G’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’f0a5027b-fde6-11e6-a0e2-91e52e76b044′] (Read our Review)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B016S28I4S’ text=’Fujifilm 35mm F2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fb8a9f18-fde6-11e6-b808-35e6ea34ddc8′] (Read our Review)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B00HWMP0XG’ text=’Olympus 25mm F1.8′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’060a4dc7-fde7-11e6-b522-15c4bb85d563′] (Read our Review)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B00007GQLU’ text=’Canon 85mm F1.8′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’214f8184-fde7-11e6-819e-05d2779130db’] (Read our Review)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B006TAP096′ text=’Nikon 85mm F1.8G’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2ab90574-fde7-11e6-9118-91b51c57fca2′] (Read our Review)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01MS6WINK’ text=’Fujifilm 50mm F2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6f6f854b-d493-11e7-9c95-9f9b3eae4e87′] (Read Our Review)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01KNXOCO8′ text=’Fujifilm 23mm F2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8ed1e2b0-d493-11e7-8d2a-e132d802169a’] (Read our Review)

Best Third Party Portrait Lenses Under $500

If you don’t see anything from the brand name lens listing above than maybe you will find what you are looking for from a third party manufacturer. In the old days it wasn’t really recommended to get these, but in recent years even the third party lens manufacturers have upped their game and now we even recommend them over their brand name competition in some cases.

  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B0018ZDGAC’ text=’Sigma 50mm F1.4′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b9e78bbd-d493-11e7-9b33-8db5e6dda322′], non-Art version (Read Our Review)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B004X1SFTA’ text=’Rokinon 35mm F1.4′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1dfa4a3f-d494-11e7-953e-33268522c5fd’] (Read our Review)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B015IUF3T4′ text=’Rokinon/Samyang 50mm F1.2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8035b12d-d494-11e7-965c-6f75541353b3′] (Read our Review)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01C3SCKI6′ text=’Sigma 30mm F1.4 Contemporary DC DN’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0fb0f3ba-d495-11e7-b6eb-e14132bd1048′] (Read our Review)

So, there you have it, our look at the best budget lenses for portrait photographers under $500. Hopefully, you now have a place to start your search and an idea of what you may like to add to your kit.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.