Portrait lens question

Started Feb 21, 2013 | Questions thread
jkjond Veteran Member • Posts: 8,293
Re: Portrait lens question

Texas Heat wrote:

Thanks for the replies. Was just reading a similar thread about a portrait lens and an active toddler. Somewhat heated debate as to what constitutes a portrait lens. I want one that gives me a soft background & where I can stand about 10 -12 ft away from the subject, yet get the entire subject in the frame. I currently have a D7000, the 18-105 kit & the 70-300 VR .

You are holding the answer to you question in your hands - set your 18-105 at 50mm and use it at that length for a while, then change to 85mm. You'll have a much better idea of what you need once you compare the two - no point in taking other people's preferences.

I don't like my 50mm much, far prefer the 85, but that's me (the more compressed perspective and shorter dof could be a large factor, I've not stopped to work it out). For an active toddler, I'd use a zoom.

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