Recommendations for a sub $1K FX portrait lens

Started Nov 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
Astrophotographer 10 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,979
Re: Recommendations for a sub $1K FX portrait lens

I have 85mm F1.8G. I find it hit or miss for portraits. It can give a harsh look at times. I am still learning how to best use as it can be a super sharp lens no question. Its more the colour rendition and overall image look that I feel is lacking at times. Thats the lack of ED glass for you.

I have a 105mm F2.5 manual focus, very cheap, its fantastic.

I also got a Nikor 55mm F2.8 micro that takes wonderful closeup portraits and I find I use that more often.

50mm F1.8g is also a good lens and cheap.

You already have 105 VR so Samyang 85mm F1.4 (assuming you get a good copy which is a real risj with Samyang) is an option.


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Sony Alpha a7R II Sony Alpha a7R III Sony FE 55mm F1.8 Zeiss Batis 85mm F1.8 Zeiss Loxia 21mm F2.8 +1 more
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