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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for telephoto lens for portraits.

Telephoto lenses are ideal for portraits because they allow you to get close to your subject without physically moving. They also help you isolate your subject from the background, which can be important for creating a sense of depth and perspective. Browse the top-ranked list of telephoto lenses for portraits below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Sony - G Master FE 135mm F1.8 GM Prime Telephoto Lens for Select E-mount Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Get this lens...Buy this lens if you can get one! Sharp, fast prime lens great for portraits and low light....Beautiful lens...This lens is sharp and has an amazing focus system. Great bokeh for portraits and prefer it over an 85mm. "

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    Capture perfect photos with this Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM E-mount telephoto prime lens. An improved focusing system lets you capture subjects as close as 2.3 feet, while the f/1.8 aperture means you can create images with breathtaking bokeh and other effects. . The lens barrel is made of durable magnesium alloy to make it lightweight while ensuring optical precision. This Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM E-mount telephoto lens has a dust and moisture resistant design that offers protection when shooting in challenging outdoor environments.
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    "Get this lens...Buy this lens if you can get one! Sharp, fast prime lens great for portraits and low light....Beautiful lens...This lens is sharp and has an amazing focus system. Great bokeh for portraits and prefer it over an 85mm. "

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    Capture perfect photos with this Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM E-mount telephoto prime lens. An improved focusing system lets you capture subjects as close as 2.3 feet, while the f/1.8 aperture means you can create images with breathtaking bokeh and other effects. . The lens barrel is made of durable magnesium alloy to make it lightweight while ensuring optical precision. This Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM E-mount telephoto lens has a dust and moisture resistant design that offers protection when shooting in challenging outdoor environments.
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  2. Olympus - M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R Telephoto Zoom Lens for Most Micro Four Thirds Cameras - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "I'm astonished for the image quality. Very nice for the portraits, wild life and architecture. Has its limitations due to the low aperture....Camera Lens...This lens is great, it is a perfect step up from the kit lens that came with the camera"

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    Capture stunning images with this Olympus M.Zuiko digital ED lens that features a 40-150mm focal length and an f/4.0-5.6 maximum aperture for crisp photos that are full of detail. The lens is compatible with most cameras with a Micro Four Thirds mount.
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    "I'm astonished for the image quality. Very nice for the portraits, wild life and architecture. Has its limitations due to the low aperture....Camera Lens...This lens is great, it is a perfect step up from the kit lens that came with the camera"

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    Capture stunning images with this Olympus M.Zuiko digital ED lens that features a 40-150mm focal length and an f/4.0-5.6 maximum aperture for crisp photos that are full of detail. The lens is compatible with most cameras with a Micro Four Thirds mount.
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  3. Fujifilm - XF50mmF2 R WR Midrange Telephoto Lens - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Im so happy with this lens! Im sooo glad I got it for my own kit! Great lens for portraits!...Great little lens...It has a quick & reliable autofocus and I have enjoyed using it for portraits. It's so lightweight for how solid (and weather resistant) it is."

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    Take better pictures with this Fujifilm 50mm lens. Its focusing system uses a stepping motor to provide quick autofocus without making noise, and it only weighs 200 grams, so it's easy to carry around as a secondary lens. This Fujifilm 50mm lens is weather-resistant, letting you have photo shoots in various outdoor conditions.
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    "Im so happy with this lens! Im sooo glad I got it for my own kit! Great lens for portraits!...Great little lens...It has a quick & reliable autofocus and I have enjoyed using it for portraits. It's so lightweight for how solid (and weather resistant) it is."

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    Take better pictures with this Fujifilm 50mm lens. Its focusing system uses a stepping motor to provide quick autofocus without making noise, and it only weighs 200 grams, so it's easy to carry around as a secondary lens. This Fujifilm 50mm lens is weather-resistant, letting you have photo shoots in various outdoor conditions.
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  4. Fujifilm - XF50mmF2 R WR Midrange Telephoto Lens - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "By far my most favorite lens...Love this lens for portrait and outdoor life, its a great middle ground with wide open aperature of F2!...Great Portrait Lens...I'm not a professional photographer, but with this lens I was able to get so many great portrait pictures. "

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    Minimize photographic distortions with this Fujifilm 50mm F2 lens. It has a special aspherical lens layer to prevent color fringing and spherical image distortions, and the fast, quiet stepping motor of the autofocus won't startle wildlife or draw unwanted attention. This compact, lightweight Fujifilm 50mm F2 lens is easy to carry and handle.
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    "By far my most favorite lens...Love this lens for portrait and outdoor life, its a great middle ground with wide open aperature of F2!...Great Portrait Lens...I'm not a professional photographer, but with this lens I was able to get so many great portrait pictures. "

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    Minimize photographic distortions with this Fujifilm 50mm F2 lens. It has a special aspherical lens layer to prevent color fringing and spherical image distortions, and the fast, quiet stepping motor of the autofocus won't startle wildlife or draw unwanted attention. This compact, lightweight Fujifilm 50mm F2 lens is easy to carry and handle.
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  5. Canon - EF85mm F1.4L IS USM Telephoto Lens for EOS DSLR Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great sharp focus, Perfect for portraits and events!...It’s a great lens for portraits and also for video...Great lens for portrait and also for making videos"

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    Take gorgeous low-light shots and detailed daytime images with this Canon EF 85mm f/1.4 lens. Image stabilization helps create crisp, clean pictures whether you're taking candid action snapshots or formal portrait photographs with impressive bokeh. This Canon EF 85mm f/1.4 lens resists dust and water for reliability in the field.
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    "Great sharp focus, Perfect for portraits and events!...It’s a great lens for portraits and also for video...Great lens for portrait and also for making videos"

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    Take gorgeous low-light shots and detailed daytime images with this Canon EF 85mm f/1.4 lens. Image stabilization helps create crisp, clean pictures whether you're taking candid action snapshots or formal portrait photographs with impressive bokeh. This Canon EF 85mm f/1.4 lens resists dust and water for reliability in the field.
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  6. NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S Telephoto Lens for Nikon Z Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great lens...Great lens. Definitely a great one to have for portraits....Perfect lens for portraits and my mirrorless setup!"

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    Take flattering portrait shots during events with this Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens. The bokeh effect lets you isolate subjects by blurring the background beautifully for a dreamy, natural look, while Eye-AF ensures sharp focus on the eyes for outstanding headshots. This Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens features a customizable control ring for quiet aperture control when recording videos.
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    "Great lens...Great lens. Definitely a great one to have for portraits....Perfect lens for portraits and my mirrorless setup!"

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    Take flattering portrait shots during events with this Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens. The bokeh effect lets you isolate subjects by blurring the background beautifully for a dreamy, natural look, while Eye-AF ensures sharp focus on the eyes for outstanding headshots. This Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens features a customizable control ring for quiet aperture control when recording videos.
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  7. NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Z Series Mirrorless Cameras - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "Telephoto Lens...Great lens...I love this telephoto. There is a fireworks show on July 4th that is a 15 minute drive from my house. "

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    Expand your photographic options with this NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR camera lens. The telephoto capability lets you get closer to the action and capture sports, concerts and wildlife shots and takes closeup portraits without distortions against a soft background. This NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR camera lens integrates Vibration Reduction image stabilization system to deliver non-shaky videos and sharp, clear photos.
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    "Telephoto Lens...Great lens...I love this telephoto. There is a fireworks show on July 4th that is a 15 minute drive from my house. "

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    Expand your photographic options with this NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR camera lens. The telephoto capability lets you get closer to the action and capture sports, concerts and wildlife shots and takes closeup portraits without distortions against a soft background. This NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR camera lens integrates Vibration Reduction image stabilization system to deliver non-shaky videos and sharp, clear photos.
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  8. Tamron - 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony E-Mount - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Good compact telephoto lens...Good value and very compact compare to its peer, only trade off is aperture. A sensible first lens for someone who is new to telephoto....Great lens clear solid...Great for sports and landscapes used this mainly for long shots but great portrait lens."

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    The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is Tamron's first ultra-telephoto zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras that reaches the 500mm focal length and when used on APS-C mirrorless format cameras, the zoom range is an approximate 225-750mm full-frame equivalent. Even when extended to the 500mm telephoto end, the lens is still compact enough for comfortable handheld shooting. This zoom lets users enjoy casual shooting with steady performance and high image quality in the ultra-telephoto realm where conventional wisdom once dictated a tripod. To support handheld shooting in the ultra-telephoto range, the 150-500mm is equipped with VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), a linear motor focus mechanism that delivers excellent quietness and agile performance, and Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism for high-level image stabilization. At the 150mm end, the lens offers an MOD of 23.6” for powerful and dramatic close-ups.
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    "Good compact telephoto lens...Good value and very compact compare to its peer, only trade off is aperture. A sensible first lens for someone who is new to telephoto....Great lens clear solid...Great for sports and landscapes used this mainly for long shots but great portrait lens."

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    The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is Tamron's first ultra-telephoto zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras that reaches the 500mm focal length and when used on APS-C mirrorless format cameras, the zoom range is an approximate 225-750mm full-frame equivalent. Even when extended to the 500mm telephoto end, the lens is still compact enough for comfortable handheld shooting. This zoom lets users enjoy casual shooting with steady performance and high image quality in the ultra-telephoto realm where conventional wisdom once dictated a tripod. To support handheld shooting in the ultra-telephoto range, the 150-500mm is equipped with VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), a linear motor focus mechanism that delivers excellent quietness and agile performance, and Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism for high-level image stabilization. At the 150mm end, the lens offers an MOD of 23.6” for powerful and dramatic close-ups.
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  9. Nikon - AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Medium Telephoto Lens - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "Clear Portrait Lens...Crisp photos and great for portraits. Highly recommend this lens to portrait photographers....Super portrait lens...Great lens for portraits. Very sharp. Beautiful brokeh."

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    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Medium Telephoto Lens: Transform every portrait into a work of art with a lens that delivers exceptional image quality and rich color saturation even at wide open apertures. Whether you're capturing headshots, wedding photos or nature images, this medium telephoto lens offers all you need for professional results in almost any lighting conditions.
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    "Clear Portrait Lens...Crisp photos and great for portraits. Highly recommend this lens to portrait photographers....Super portrait lens...Great lens for portraits. Very sharp. Beautiful brokeh."

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    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Medium Telephoto Lens: Transform every portrait into a work of art with a lens that delivers exceptional image quality and rich color saturation even at wide open apertures. Whether you're capturing headshots, wedding photos or nature images, this medium telephoto lens offers all you need for professional results in almost any lighting conditions.
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  10. Tamron - 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD All-In-One Telephoto Lens for Nikon APS-C DSLR Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Nice quality telephoto lens...This is a great lens...Theis telephoto lens is great, exactly what I needed. Great for taking photos of nature and landscape. "

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    Only at Best Buy Travel with this Tamron 18-400mm lens in your camera bag, and take amazing up-close shots in any weather. The moisture-proof lens is up to the task of outdoor exposure and is compatible with Nikon APS-C format DSLR cameras. This Tamron 18-400mm lens is designed to handle every shot from portraits to landscapes with stunning clarity.
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    "Nice quality telephoto lens...This is a great lens...Theis telephoto lens is great, exactly what I needed. Great for taking photos of nature and landscape. "

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    Only at Best Buy Travel with this Tamron 18-400mm lens in your camera bag, and take amazing up-close shots in any weather. The moisture-proof lens is up to the task of outdoor exposure and is compatible with Nikon APS-C format DSLR cameras. This Tamron 18-400mm lens is designed to handle every shot from portraits to landscapes with stunning clarity.
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