The Best Portrait Lenses?

Started Mar 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP Shotcents Veteran Member • Posts: 4,472
Re: The Best Portrait Lenses?

I have a couple of those lenses (85 f/1.8G and 300 f/4) but I like the 105mm f/2.5 AI better. I wish I didn't because it's manual focus but there it is.

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Leonard Migliore

Tell me about the 105 2.5 AI. I never tried one.


It is a very good lens indeed, perhaps more suited to full frame than to APS-C. On the smaller format I find it a bit too long for portraits and prefer the 50mm. (Can't afford an 85mm yet.)

Manual focus is easy if your camera has peaking on the LCD or viewfinder.

The question is simple: Would the 105 2.5 give me anything significantly superior to what I'm getting with my 70-200 VRII?

I try to avoid redundancy when possible. I recently bought a Tokina 16-28 2.8 and find that it's so good for my needs that the 28mm 1.8G is often not used. The 28 is faster, but because of the way I use the lenses, the versatility of the zoom is usually much more useful to me.


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