Which one for portraits on D700 (85G or 105DC)?

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Which one for portraits on D700 (85G or 105DC)?
Jun 22, 2011

Hello Nikonians.

I own D700 and mostly time I'm shooting portraits. I have switched from Pentax and now I need to buy some lenses. So far I have 24-120/4 VR and 50/1.4 G. While these two are really good lenses and especially 50/1.4 G is nice while shooting portraits indoors it's still not what I really need

So help me to decide I'm deciding between 85/1.4 G or 105/2 DC. I have also considered the 135/2 DC, but for this time this lens will be too long for me. May be if I already have the 85mm I would consider the 135mm, but I can afford only one lens now.

So the 85/1.4 G I see as good portrait+shoulder lens while it's still not too long for shooting indoors too. On the other side 105/2 DC is even better speciality lens for portraits, but it's slower and it may be long for indoors. It may have better bokeh than the 85/1.4 G, but it's older lens without AF-S so without full-time manual focus override.

So what do you think? To go with 85/1.4 G and in the future add the 135/2 DC or to go with 105/2 DC and it will compensate the need for 85mm and 135mm?

Thanks for your opinion

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