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Old 19-08-2018, 12:54   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I have a Nikon d3200 camera what is the best lens to shoot portrait pictures in a studio and out side to get the best results for the pictures ,the lens I use it Nikon DX AFS NIKKOR 18-55MM 1.3.5-5.6G. what would the 70-300MM F/4-5.6 DG MACRO do or is there better lens. thank you Bert.
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Old 19-08-2018, 15:08   #2 (permalink)
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The best focal length for portraits is 85-100 mm so a lens that includes this range would be suitable. You could choose a prime lens of say 85mm or a zoom that includes these numbers according to your buget.
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Hi Colinmac my other lens I have is an Nikon dx af-s nikkor 55-200mm 1.4-56g ed vr would you think this is a better lens for portraits photos
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Hi I've been told the sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 dg macro fit Nikon camera done research some say ok and some don't work really getting frustrated with what they say why don't they tell the truth ???
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The lens choice for the studio work will depend on the size of the studio, what lighting you will be using and and how much space you have to work with. All of my studio work is done in spacious studios with professional studio flash equipment. So my two favorite lenses are the 80-200 f2.8 and the 85mm f1.8. On your camera the 50mm f1.8 will be the equivalent of my 85mm (my camera is a full frame) and as Colin says your 70-300 does cover the 'best' focal lengths for portraiture. However you might find it limiting in low light conditions in a studio or outside.
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You really cannot choose what is right for you from another photographer's point of view. You need to understand your own requirements then perhaps gain advice such as from this forum. It may help to borrow a lens if you are still unsure.

I do studio portraiture and street portraiture at times. I normally us a 24-105mm f4 (with a full frame camera) for most of my shots (normally set to f8). Not everyone wants to use f8 as some like a really shallow depth of field f2.8 or larger but I prefer to have the entire face in focus hence f8. It is a matter of choice to suit your required output. Other shots I use my 70-200mm f2.8. The advantage of this lens is that the perspective is more compressed (smaller noses) and I can use a narrow depth of field if I wish to. This is all fine in a large professional studio which my Club hires. In the street I might use the long lens occasionally for candid shots but more often I will speak to the subject and use the 24-105mm and sometime intentionally with a wider setting. If it is crowded you may have to stand close to the subject.

The important thing is to regularly review your photography checking the settings used and learning from this as you really need to understand the result you want before taking the shot.
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Hi all what is a full frame camera as I don't under stand that.
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Hi all what is a full frame camera as I don't under stand that.
Full frame cameras have a sensor the same size as a 35mm negative in an old film camera.

Your camera has a smaller sensor compared to a full frame camera. This means that any lens on your camera will give a telephoto effect. To get the full frame equivalent you have to multiply the focal length by 1.5 so a 50mm lens will give you the equivalent field of view as a 75mm lens of a full frame camera, and at 300mm your 70-300 lens will give the same field of view as a 450mm on a full frame camera.

So your lenses will bring you closer to your subject. This is something you don't have to worry about as you can just use suitable lenses to match your use in terms of shooting distance, or you can move backwards and forwards if necessary.

For instance, if you are in a studio and your 70-300 will not give you a full length portrait, you would just change it to your 18-55. One thing to watch though is that if you go wider than 30mm you might get distortions. That is why my personal preference is to use longer lenses that will not distort the subject. Having said that I know many people who do use wide lenses and are happy with their results. One man's meat is another man's poison.
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For portraiture I can't recommend the 85mm F1.8 enough. It's 1/3 the price of the F1.4 and gives stunning results.. It will turn your head if you are used to 18-55 and 55-200 kit lenses..

It's not a zoom so you zoom with your feet. But I defer to Dave's wisdom above, its up to you what you really want. I just wanted to put in a good word for the 85.
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For portraiture I can't recommend the 85mm F1.8 enough. It's 1/3 the price of the F1.4 and gives stunning results.. It will turn your head if you are used to 18-55 and 55-200 kit lenses..

It's not a zoom so you zoom with your feet. But I defer to Dave's wisdom above, its up to you what you really want. I just wanted to put in a good word for the 85.
+1 - this is one of my go to lenses for portraiture. But it will be the equivalent of around 130mm on his crop body, so the 50mm f1.8 could be a better choice if interior space is at a premium. For tigerbarb it will equate to around 75mm on his camera.
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I think, prime lenses work best for portrait photography than zoom lens. The advantages are that it have a wider maximum aperture than a zoom lens covering the same focal length, great for creating images with shallow depth-of-field, less weight, less elements than zooms and produce sharper images with more contrast and less lens flare. My favourite lens for portraits is my Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 prime lens.
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