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Old 27-08-2010, 20:55   #1 (permalink)
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what lens should i look for

well my new camera has come nikon D2x (well second hand camera ) it seems ok, but i now want to look for a lens to do portraits, what should i be looking for ive had a look arround the net but there is that many of them, the only lens i do have a Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f4-5.6G IF-ED, are these any good ?
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Old 27-08-2010, 21:28   #2 (permalink)
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Re: what lens should i look for

Your 55-200 can be used for portraits, but it is not ideal. I like the 85mm - 105mm range for portraits, (full frame) but depending on how much room you have a 70-200 can be good too, albeit it is a heavy lens.

Your 55-200 can be used for portraits, but see if you can try a Nikkor 50mm f1.8 or 85mm f1.8 as a comparison. The 50mm is quite cheap too.

Sigma do an f2.8 70mm or Tamron have the 90mm f2.8. On the D2x these will equate to about 110mm and 140mm respectively taking account of the crop factor.
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Re: what lens should i look for

The best all-purpose lens for the D2x is the 17-55mm f/2.8DX; I owned one of these when I used a pair of D2x bodies and it absolutely sings with it.

Brand new, it will set you back a shade over 1000; second-hand, you could get one for a bit over 600.

Another lense you might want to look at if you're shooting portraits is the AF-S 35mm f/1.8DX; it's priced at around the 170 mark.
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Re: what lens should i look for

The Nikon 17-55mm F2.8 DX would be my weapon of choice for a D2X too - I loved mine before I went full frame.

As a budget alternative I'd recommend the Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 - it's a superb lens for the money!
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Cheers Guys, because im working to a budget it looks like its between Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Asp IF and the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro, out of these which gets the beter vote i am greatfull for any imput.
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Cheers Guys, because im working to a budget it looks like its between Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Asp IF and the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro, out of these which gets the beter vote i am greatfull for any imput.
These are both general purpose lenses that can do portraits. I would not use a lens of less than 50mm on a crop factor body for portraits, which is the specific use you wanted. Of these two I'd go for the Sigma 17-70 purely because it is closest to the portrait focal length between 50 and 70mm, but the Nikkor 18-70 is probably a better lens and can be got used from about 100, or new for 213

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G IF-ED DX Lens

If you are wanting a lens for portraits I think your choice should be between these two:

The 50mm f1.8 Nikkor is 89 from One-Stop

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D Lens

The 85mm f1.8 Nikkor is 288 from One-Stop

Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 D Lens

The other lenses are, as I said, more general purpose lenses and their portrait use is limited to the top end of the range.
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Re: what lens should i look for

For JUST portraits then yes - the Nikon 85mm F1.8 is a good buy.

As long as it's just for portraits and that by portraits you mean head shots.

Of the Tamron and Sigma - i've used both - professionally - and the Tamron beats the Sigma by a BIG margin.

The Nikon 18-70mm is a good lens for the money - but the Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 is built better is faster, and sharper.

Saying all that - none of these lenses will do a D2X full justice. Buy one but keep saving for some pro glass to go with your pro camera.
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Re: what lens should i look for

Thanks chaps now sorted I got a second hand Tamron AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical Lens, then a hour after buying it sods law I saw a nikon 50mm f1.8D so i got that too (it was too good to miss out on)
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Thanks chaps now sorted I got a second hand Tamron AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical Lens, then a hour after buying it sods law I saw a nikon 50mm f1.8D so i got that too (it was too good to miss out on)
That's the way to do it

You have good focal length coverage for portraits with those lenses.
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Re: what lens should i look for

Well I don't know the other lens, but the 50 1.8 is definitely a good lens and good enough for portraits
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