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Old 06-12-2007, 14:58   #1 (permalink)
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Best additional Lens for Portrait work (Nikon)

Already have the Nikon 50mm f/1.8, plus Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8. Both are great for portrait work, but I'm finding I want something a bit longer for tighter crop work.

Not sure whether to go for the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 or at about 50% more the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 I have no reason to question Nikon quality after experiencing nifty fifty (in this test http://www.pixalo.com/community/phot...lens-6647.html) , but just wonder if the extra zoom range of the Sigma would make more sense
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Re: Best additional Lens for Portrait work (Nikon)

I've always thought that around 85-105 (in 35mm) is the ideal focal length for portraits, so that is around 60-70 with a digital.

How about the Nikkor 60mm f2,8?
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100mm Macro best portrait lens going
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Re: Best additional Lens for Portrait work (Nikon)

I have the 85 1.8 and think it's a real bargain. I do occasionally get tempted by the 1.4 and will probably give in one day but it would not be because I have any problems with the IQ of the 1.8 AF-S would sway me if they release it. I have no idea about the Sigma 50-150 but it may add more to your kit not just for portraits.
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Re: Best additional Lens for Portrait work (Nikon)

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100mm Macro best portrait lens going
Sigma 105mm you mean!
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Re: Best additional Lens for Portrait work (Nikon)

if your not going to do any shooting in real low light go for the 50-150. but then again, I have the 85mm and im really happy with it.
heres some I took with the 85mm with just light from a window.

I love how you can use the DoF with the 85mm.
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter: 1/20
ISO: 100




Aperture: f/2.0
Shutter: 1/60
ISO: 100



all I did was crop them.

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Re: Best additional Lens for Portrait work (Nikon)

I have the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 AF-D and can't stop telling people how good it is , it is sharp, it is fast, it has beautiful bokeh can't think of a negative, of course the 85mm f/1.4 would be best if you have the budget.

My next lens for portraiture? 180mm f/2.8 AF-D
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Arguably the best Nikkor lenses for tightly cropped headshots/portraits are the 85mm f/1.4 and the 70-200mm VR. Like youre 17-55DX and Sigma 10-20mm, both the Nikkors I've mentioned take 77mm filters - so you don't have to muck around with different filter sizes or step-up rings.

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And here's the 85 f/1.4 wide open



Pricey glass, yes - but well worth it.
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I tried the 85 f/1.4 at a Calumet store and liked the f/1.8 a little better, actually I thought it was a bit sharper.
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