The Best Portrait Lenses?

Started Mar 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Emeraldforest Regular Member • Posts: 265
Re: The Best Portrait Lenses?

Nikon 105mm 2.5 AI is probably the best, if you know how to use manual lens

same thing goes with the Nikon 180mm 2.8 ED ais

I have and use the Nikon 85mm 1.4 AFD but I agree that it is best on my D200.  On my D700 it is not enough separation.

Nikon 75-150mm 3.5 e series pretty much rocks it if you can hang with the loose zoom

I like using the 300mm f/4 afd for long distance candids.  Killer lens

I have used the 80-200mm f/4 ais to good success but this would not be my choice but it has great bokeh and works like a dream.

There are others but these are my favorites.  By far, I love the 105mm 2.5 ai.  Really one of the best lens out there and very very underrated.  At f/5.6 and with the correct distance between you and the subject and subject and the background, the results are simply stunning.  I would never leave home without it if I knew I was going to shoot portraits.  The 105mm 2.8 ais micro does  a pretty damn good job as well.  But there is something very special about the 2.5 ai version.

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