Do I really need prime portrait lens?

Started May 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
Leonard Shepherd
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Re: Do I really need prime portrait lens?

It depends - partly on whether or not you can afford an extra specialist portrait lens.

The 70-200 f4 has comfortably better image magnification in close focus and excellent wide open f4 optical quality particularly at 200mm.

Nikon's MTF show the 105 DC as quite sharp wide open and somewhat lacking on fine detail rendition, which can help with skin past it's best. The DC enables you to soften foreground, or background, or the entire image (but not at apertures smaller than f5.6) using the DC function.

The 85mm f1.4 wide open is similar to the 105 DC except the corners fall off a bit at f1.4.

You do not have depth of field options wider than f4 with the zoom, but it has VR.

Nikon, unlike Canon, do not give f8 figures to help with comparisons at the same aperture.

If you can afford "the best of both worlds" you should have two lenses.

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