Entry level headshot lens

Started Sep 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Kitacanon Senior Member • Posts: 2,802
Re: Entry level headshot lens

thebasharjobs wrote:

Hi there,

I'm an entry level photographer that'd like to explore...entry level headshots. Being entry level unfortunately means I work on something of a budget and have been looking around the internet weighing the various pros and cons of everyone's suggestions.

For awhile I was set on a 50mm 1.8g until progressively more digging uncovered the distortion level to be way too much in certain cases and not an optimal lens for portraits (yet the price point remains haunting).

After that the resounding cry across the internet seems to settle upon anything between a 85-135mm lens that's mostly out of my price range.

I did stumble upon the 70-300mm f4/5.6 thats attractively priced. While it wouldn't offer the crispness of a prime nor does it have the lowest f stop it seems like it might be ok for someone just starting out. Any thoughts?

I won't recommend lenses outside of your budget...but you're going beyond FL range that you need for an "entry level" portrait lens.

Most portraits, as suggested earlier, are going to be shot between 50mm and 85mm on a DX format body...(equivalent to 75-135mm....)...so why not consider a zoom range between 28 and 85...

It's also been suggested that most portraits are typically shot between F2.8 and F5.6....sooo....look for zooms with 3.5-4 at their widest...again for entry lenses within your budget...I don't know which body you have, but I had the 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 Nikkor (@ less than $100) and found it VERY good...

28-85 Nikkor 28mm @ 5.6 100% crop shot on Canon 30D

and 100% crop @ 85mm @ 5.6...

A step up would be a zoom with F2.8 widest aperture, but they are considerably more...and even if you can't use the AF on this lens (if you body won't AF with it), it will be just fine as a manual focus lens for portraits...

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