Recommendations for a sub $1K FX portrait lens

Started Nov 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
PatrickP
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Re: Recommendations for a sub $1K FX portrait lens
In reply to sfnikon, Nov 18, 2012

sfnikon wrote:

If you need AF the best portrait lens for a D800 is the 85/1.8G hands down.

I find it critically sharp edge to edge with very low distortion on the D800E. It has slightly shorter minimum focal distance letting one get a tighter face shot c/w 85/1.4G, 1.4D or the Sigma.

Mind you my best portrait lens is the 200/2 but this is out of your stated price range.

Another vote for the 85/1.8G.  It's light weight, small, fast focus and one of the best value in Nikon's current line up. The rendition is a bit on the cool side (compared to 24-70/70-200) due to lack of nano coating. 105/2 or 135/2 DC are even better lenses if you don't mind not having AFS.

My other favorite is the 70-200 f/2.8G VR2 at the 200mm end.

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Nikon Zooms: 16-35/4, 24-70/2.8, 70-200 VR2, TC-20E3, 28-300VR.
Nikon Primes: 24/1.4G, 50/1.8G, 85/1.8G.

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Nikon D800E Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR +3 more
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