The Best Portrait Lenses?

Started Mar 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
Emeraldforest Regular Member • Posts: 265
Re: The Best Portrait Lenses?

I am sure the AIS version is really good too.  I think they changed the optical formula but I could be wrong.  The AI copy I have kills it.  Got it for $179 bucks and it was the best money I have ever spent.  I would think the ais version is the same but I have not tried it, so I can't speak for it.  There is something magical in that lens, something that just is not in modern glass.  I am a big fan of ai and ais lens, so I am partial to them but I have my share of modern lenses too and there is something dreamy and special about the old 105's.  I highly recommend getting one.  I would love to try out the AIS version.  I have the 105mm 2.8 micro ais and it is my favorite macro/micro lens by far.  Old pro glass is hard to beat, unless you can't hang with manual focus.  There is a time and place for manual and a time and place for mandatory autofocus but when I get the chance I almost always work in a few shots with my trusty 105mm 2.5 ai and shoot it around f/4 to f/5.6 and get the subject to be a distance from the background and whammo, the best bokeh ever.  I like to shoot it at f/2.5 because it gives a dreamy look but for face portraits, it is not enough DOF to get the nose to ear focus plane sharp.  I also like to use the 105mm 2.5 ai for flower portraits but usually the 105 2.8 ais micro jumps in there during that application.

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