Nikon D200 best lens for portrait shots?

Started Jan 16, 2013 | Questions thread
joeybob
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Re: Nikon D200 best lens for portrait shots?
In reply to djwphotos, Jan 16, 2013
"... the best all round lens for portrait shots of people and pets with D200?"

The "BEST all around" DX lens may be the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S. It will cost you about $1300.00 new.

You may also want to consider the Sigma 17-50 2.8, or the Tamron 17-50 2.8 ( $600.00 & $500.00 - new).

Other considerations:

Nikon 24mm f/2.8 AF-D

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-D

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX

Not sure if you want a zoom or if a prime (or couple of primes) would suit your needs. The D200 is a great camera but it's limitation is that it doesn't shoot the cleanest images at higher ISO's and with that in mind you may require a fast lens like the ones above. Of course you could always slap on a kit lens like the Nikon 18-55mm VR but you may need to use a flash in situations with low light...

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