The Best Portrait Lenses?

Started Mar 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
PSCL1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,712
Re: The Best Portrait Lenses?

105 f2.5 AI Nikkor:  This was the legendary portrait lens in all its iterations for 20 years before AF.  Nikon used to publish a "handbook" with lens data sheets, loose leaf, updatable in the pre-electronic era when equipment was not updated very often.  The data sheet for the 105 listed its optimal aperture at f4, rather than the f5.6-f8 of most lenses.  At f4 a head and shoulders portrait (from the film plane-to-person distance which filled the frame with head and shoulders)  would just pop out of the background.  The person was pretty mucn totally in focus but the background showed what would today be called excellent 'bokeh.'  IMO the lens' reputation was earned by this 'pop' factor.

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