Do I really need prime portrait lens?

Started May 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
Bjorn_L Veteran Member • Posts: 5,770
Re: Do I really need prime portrait lens?

Tepacca wrote:

I have Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR
Will primes like Nikon 105mm DC or Nikon 85mm 1.4 produce a much better results for portraits? I do not think these would be sharper but will bokeh be that different to justify buyung a new lens?


As the others have said only you can answer the question on what you need since it will be your money you send to address this.

That said, I wold find an f/4 lens to be too slow for my only portrait option.  I have a 70-200 f/2-8 which is my main portrait lens and an 85mm f/1.8 as well.  Which one I use depends on what my goals are.  For me, I find 100-200mm range at f/2.8 to most often give me the look I am after.  Most of the time I go to 200mm since that gives me better subject isolation.  Consider a 1.8g lens as they are not very expensive and so you risk less if you end up not using it as much.

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