The Best Portrait Lenses?

Started Mar 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
Emeraldforest
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Re: The Best Portrait Lenses?
In reply to Keith Aitken, Mar 20, 2013

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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