nikon 50 mm

Started Jun 7, 2013 | Questions thread
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David Banner
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Re: nikon 50 mm
In reply to camelguy, Jun 15, 2013

camelguy wrote:

I love 50mm on DX. For me, it's the perfect length for portraits. I know many will say they prefer the 85 for that purpose. But not me. I feel the distance that i have to stand from my subject is a very 'human,' relational distance with the 50; with the 85, I'm standing further away - yes, photographing my subject, but not relating to them in the same way. I think I get my best portrait shots when there's some kind of genuine communication taking place between the subject and me/camera - and I achieve that best at the distance required by the 50. You're close but not too close.

Do you have an 85mm lens?  My 85 1.4 nikon is my favorite lens.  I have the older D version and no plans to sell it or upgrade.  I can't imagine how a 50 could be better, other than if budget were a major issue.

I'm just wondering if I'd really use the 50 if I have an 85.

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