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

A zoom lens is one of the best lens for portraits because it allows you to get close to your subject without physically moving. This is especially helpful when photographing sports or animals. These lenses are portable and easy to carry so you can always take them with you during your adventures. Browse the top-ranked list of zoom lens for portraits below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Sony - G 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Standard Zoom Lens for E-mount Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Sports lens...Great zoom lens, would definitely recommend for sports....Excellent standard zoom lens...Excellent standard zoom lens for many typs of photograhpy and videos. "

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    Capture high-quality videos and photos with this Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS lens. The advanced optics deliver corner-to-corner high resolutions and minimize aberrations, while the built-in image stabilizer reduces hand shake for a crisp, clear image. This Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS lens has a fluorine coating on the front element that prevents dust and moisture from affecting your shots.
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    "Sports lens...Great zoom lens, would definitely recommend for sports....Excellent standard zoom lens...Excellent standard zoom lens for many typs of photograhpy and videos. "

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    Capture high-quality videos and photos with this Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS lens. The advanced optics deliver corner-to-corner high resolutions and minimize aberrations, while the built-in image stabilizer reduces hand shake for a crisp, clear image. This Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS lens has a fluorine coating on the front element that prevents dust and moisture from affecting your shots.
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  2. Sony - SEL70200G2 FE 70-200mm F4 Macro G OSS II Lens - Grey - Front_Zoom
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    "Very light weight compact zoom...The trade off is that with an f4 lens you will not get the bokeh for portraits that a faster lens would provide. ...The most fun lens I’ve owned in a long time...This lens is way too much fun. 1/2 macro across the entire zoom range is sharp, edge to edge. "

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    Sony’s advanced lens technology comes together in a compact, lightweight 70-200 mm F4 telephoto zoom G Lens™ that delivers exceptional optical and AF performance as well as unique half-macro (0.5x magnification) versatility throughout the zoom range. Impressive handling and mobility make it an excellent choice for a wide range of photo and movie applications.
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    "Very light weight compact zoom...The trade off is that with an f4 lens you will not get the bokeh for portraits that a faster lens would provide. ...The most fun lens I’ve owned in a long time...This lens is way too much fun. 1/2 macro across the entire zoom range is sharp, edge to edge. "

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    Sony’s advanced lens technology comes together in a compact, lightweight 70-200 mm F4 telephoto zoom G Lens™ that delivers exceptional optical and AF performance as well as unique half-macro (0.5x magnification) versatility throughout the zoom range. Impressive handling and mobility make it an excellent choice for a wide range of photo and movie applications.
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  3. Canon - RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z Standard Zoom Lens for EOS R-Series Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Best standard zoom on the market...This is one of the best standard zoom lenses on the market (by any brand). Period. ...Best Canon RF lens...Autofocus and Image image stabilize. Great canon zoom rf lens made so far."

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    The RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z is the world’s first 24-105mm focal length lens combined with consistent f/2.8 aperture.1 With its constant f/2.8 max aperture, full-frame coverage, and its ability to zoom past the traditional 70mm roadblock to a true portrait-length 105mm, this lens is an incredible standard zoom solution for many different applications. An optional, dedicated Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E2 transforms the video operation possibilities with its smooth and versatile zooming. Even in low light, this lens will excel for weddings and events, photojournalism, portraiture, studio work, and video creation.
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    "Best standard zoom on the market...This is one of the best standard zoom lenses on the market (by any brand). Period. ...Best Canon RF lens...Autofocus and Image image stabilize. Great canon zoom rf lens made so far."

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    The RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z is the world’s first 24-105mm focal length lens combined with consistent f/2.8 aperture.1 With its constant f/2.8 max aperture, full-frame coverage, and its ability to zoom past the traditional 70mm roadblock to a true portrait-length 105mm, this lens is an incredible standard zoom solution for many different applications. An optional, dedicated Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E2 transforms the video operation possibilities with its smooth and versatile zooming. Even in low light, this lens will excel for weddings and events, photojournalism, portraiture, studio work, and video creation.
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  4. Tamron - 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD Standard Zoom Lens for Nikon Z Mount Cameras - Front_Zoom
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    "Awesome lens...Absolutely amazing lens. Very sharp and bikeh competes with any of my primes....Great lens!...Excellent versatile lens. Beautiful portraits. No regrets."

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    The 35-150mm F2-2.8 covers wide-angle through telephoto and is ideal for both travel and portrait photography. It is the first zoom lens for Nikon Z mount cameras to have a maximum wide-open aperture of F2. With high-level performance under a wide variety of shooting conditions, this fast lens is ideal for travel aimed at creating photographic works. Incorporating the most frequently used focal lengths from wide-angle and standard to medium telephoto and telephoto all within this single lens enables seamless shooting without the need to swap lenses, which is beneficial especially when shooting portraits where a sense of rhythm is particularly important and helps to capture outstanding shots without missing fleeting expressions of the subject. This lens features a very high-speed and high-precision autofocus for a fast-aperture lens. It also incorporates a new design in the pursuit of enhanced operability and ergonomic convenience.
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    "Awesome lens...Absolutely amazing lens. Very sharp and bikeh competes with any of my primes....Great lens!...Excellent versatile lens. Beautiful portraits. No regrets."

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    The 35-150mm F2-2.8 covers wide-angle through telephoto and is ideal for both travel and portrait photography. It is the first zoom lens for Nikon Z mount cameras to have a maximum wide-open aperture of F2. With high-level performance under a wide variety of shooting conditions, this fast lens is ideal for travel aimed at creating photographic works. Incorporating the most frequently used focal lengths from wide-angle and standard to medium telephoto and telephoto all within this single lens enables seamless shooting without the need to swap lenses, which is beneficial especially when shooting portraits where a sense of rhythm is particularly important and helps to capture outstanding shots without missing fleeting expressions of the subject. This lens features a very high-speed and high-precision autofocus for a fast-aperture lens. It also incorporates a new design in the pursuit of enhanced operability and ergonomic convenience.
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  5. 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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    "Love this lens!...Works perfectly and produces high quality photos. I love this zoom lens and it looks stunning on my Olympus Pen EPL-8....Perfect for this class of lens...This is not the high end version of this lens but instead (and this isn't bad) is a great value for a really nice zoom lens. "

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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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    "Love this lens!...Works perfectly and produces high quality photos. I love this zoom lens and it looks stunning on my Olympus Pen EPL-8....Perfect for this class of lens...This is not the high end version of this lens but instead (and this isn't bad) is a great value for a really nice zoom lens. "

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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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  6. Tamron - 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony E-Mount - Front_Zoom
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    "Good lens for the price....Great budget lens! Needed a versatile zoom lens for closer wildlife shots, and this fit the need and budget....I had only played with my 30mm 1.4 and this sweetheart of a lens was a surprise let me tell you. Its such a cozy zoom its pretty hefty but lightweight i really enjoyed scoring this baby for a reasonable price."

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    The 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD (Model A047) for Sony full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras is a telephoto zoom lens designed and created so photographers of all skill levels can enjoy high quality images comfortably. Tamron’s new 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 covers a broad telephoto zoom range yet is the world's smallest size and lightest weight, coming in at 148mm (5.8 in) long with a maximum diameter of 77mm, and weighing just 545g (19.2 oz). With special emphasis on resolving power, Tamron has deployed special lens elements appropriately arranged to correct chromatic aberration, generally very strong in a telephoto lens, as well as other aberrations. Users can enjoy high-resolution images combined with the stunning bokeh qualities that are achievable only with a telephoto lens. The lens also incorporates the RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor unit, a high-speed precision AF drive system that is remarkably quiet. Tamron's Moisture-Resistant Construction provides extra protection, while various features that are built into Sony mirrorless cameras, including "Eye AF," are supported. The 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 is a versatile lens for photographing landscapes, sports and other action, pets and wildlife and more. The lens also demonstrates its potential for portrait shooting, casual snapshots and scenarios that require you to be mobile and shoot handheld, like sporting events. The apparent image compression and the close-up effects characteristic of telephoto lenses naturally amplify photographic expression. Zooming in on distant objects and making them appear closer is one of the joys of telephoto shooting. This zoom lens provides an entryway into that new world.
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    "Good lens for the price....Great budget lens! Needed a versatile zoom lens for closer wildlife shots, and this fit the need and budget....I had only played with my 30mm 1.4 and this sweetheart of a lens was a surprise let me tell you. Its such a cozy zoom its pretty hefty but lightweight i really enjoyed scoring this baby for a reasonable price."

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    Product Description

    The 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD (Model A047) for Sony full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras is a telephoto zoom lens designed and created so photographers of all skill levels can enjoy high quality images comfortably. Tamron’s new 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 covers a broad telephoto zoom range yet is the world's smallest size and lightest weight, coming in at 148mm (5.8 in) long with a maximum diameter of 77mm, and weighing just 545g (19.2 oz). With special emphasis on resolving power, Tamron has deployed special lens elements appropriately arranged to correct chromatic aberration, generally very strong in a telephoto lens, as well as other aberrations. Users can enjoy high-resolution images combined with the stunning bokeh qualities that are achievable only with a telephoto lens. The lens also incorporates the RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor unit, a high-speed precision AF drive system that is remarkably quiet. Tamron's Moisture-Resistant Construction provides extra protection, while various features that are built into Sony mirrorless cameras, including "Eye AF," are supported. The 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 is a versatile lens for photographing landscapes, sports and other action, pets and wildlife and more. The lens also demonstrates its potential for portrait shooting, casual snapshots and scenarios that require you to be mobile and shoot handheld, like sporting events. The apparent image compression and the close-up effects characteristic of telephoto lenses naturally amplify photographic expression. Zooming in on distant objects and making them appear closer is one of the joys of telephoto shooting. This zoom lens provides an entryway into that new world.
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    See all Mirrorless Long-Range Zoom Lenses
  7. Sony - FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for E-mount Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great lightweight macro lens...Great lightweight macro lens. The pictures (and movies) created with lens are exactly what I was needing. ...Seriously, this is a great focal length for all photographers to carry in their camera bag. It is great for portraits, cityscapes, and street scenes. But this lens has the added benefit of being a macro as well. "

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    FE 50 mm F2.8 Macro Lens:Equip your compatible Sony Alpha camera with this Sony 50mm f/2.8 macro lens. It lets you zoom into your subject so that you can enjoy outstanding detail in your photography, and it can also double up as a standard portrait lens. The wide f/2.8 aperture ensures this Sony 50mm f/2.8 macro lens is fast.
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    "Great lightweight macro lens...Great lightweight macro lens. The pictures (and movies) created with lens are exactly what I was needing. ...Seriously, this is a great focal length for all photographers to carry in their camera bag. It is great for portraits, cityscapes, and street scenes. But this lens has the added benefit of being a macro as well. "

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    FE 50 mm F2.8 Macro Lens:Equip your compatible Sony Alpha camera with this Sony 50mm f/2.8 macro lens. It lets you zoom into your subject so that you can enjoy outstanding detail in your photography, and it can also double up as a standard portrait lens. The wide f/2.8 aperture ensures this Sony 50mm f/2.8 macro lens is fast.
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  8. Tamron - 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD All-In-One Zoom Lens for Sony E-Mount Cameras - Front_Zoom
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    "Excellent Zoom Lens...This Zoom lens is an excellent choice for many types of Photography. ...Good zoom...Great zoom lens, good quality and pictures are great"

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    The Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 is the world's first lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras with a 16.6x zoom ratio, the greatest feature of this lens, covering wide-angle to an ultra-telephoto range (27mm to 450mm full-frame equivalent). With this broad coverage, the lens empowers shooting in a wide variety of situations including everyday life and travel snapshots with wide-angle, dynamic ultra-telephoto, and macro photography. The lens includes special optical elements arranged precisely to maintain high resolution performance from edge-to-edge and provide high image quality making it the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses.
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    "Excellent Zoom Lens...This Zoom lens is an excellent choice for many types of Photography. ...Good zoom...Great zoom lens, good quality and pictures are great"

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    The Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 is the world's first lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras with a 16.6x zoom ratio, the greatest feature of this lens, covering wide-angle to an ultra-telephoto range (27mm to 450mm full-frame equivalent). With this broad coverage, the lens empowers shooting in a wide variety of situations including everyday life and travel snapshots with wide-angle, dynamic ultra-telephoto, and macro photography. The lens includes special optical elements arranged precisely to maintain high resolution performance from edge-to-edge and provide high image quality making it the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses.
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  9. Nikon - NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 Standard  Zoom Lens for Z Mount Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Awesome lens for the price...This lens has awesome performance, and produces very sharp images for a great price....Lens review...Great lens for sports & close up shots. Low light also works well."

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    The NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 combines one of the popular focal lengths/aperture combinations in a lightweight and compact size, at an affordable price. The lens offers enough focal length reach for wildlife, sports, events, portraits, landscapes or everyday shooting. Beautiful background blur and outstanding low-light performance.
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    "Awesome lens for the price...This lens has awesome performance, and produces very sharp images for a great price....Lens review...Great lens for sports & close up shots. Low light also works well."

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    The NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 combines one of the popular focal lengths/aperture combinations in a lightweight and compact size, at an affordable price. The lens offers enough focal length reach for wildlife, sports, events, portraits, landscapes or everyday shooting. Beautiful background blur and outstanding low-light performance.
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  10. Canon - EF-S18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens for EOS DSLR Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "GREAT MEDIUM ZOOM LENS...a great lens for intermediate zoom with a great wide angle 18mm.for all but the most demanding long range zooms, this is the one, and is reasonably fast at a good price....Great Zoom!...Nearly silent and sharp throughout the zoom range."

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    Canon EF-S 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens: Get a versatile lens with the Canon 18-135mm IS lens. Smooth, silent autofocus combines with powerful image stabilization that gives you up to 4 stops of shake correction to deliver sharp images quickly. At 18mm, you get wide-angle images, but at 135mm, this Canon 18-135mm IS lens gets you even closer to the action.
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    "GREAT MEDIUM ZOOM LENS...a great lens for intermediate zoom with a great wide angle 18mm.for all but the most demanding long range zooms, this is the one, and is reasonably fast at a good price....Great Zoom!...Nearly silent and sharp throughout the zoom range."

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    Canon EF-S 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens: Get a versatile lens with the Canon 18-135mm IS lens. Smooth, silent autofocus combines with powerful image stabilization that gives you up to 4 stops of shake correction to deliver sharp images quickly. At 18mm, you get wide-angle images, but at 135mm, this Canon 18-135mm IS lens gets you even closer to the action.
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