D800 Portrait Lens Battle!

Started Sep 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Kali108 Regular Member • Posts: 420
Re: D800 Portrait Lens Battle!

Well, my experience and conclusions certainly differ. D800 body.

I haven't used the Tamron 90mm VC Macro.  I would not be surprised if it was a great alternative....has VC, which is certainly welcomed.

$2,400: I own the 70-200 VR2. Great zoom. Way too intimidating...pointing a bazooka at people doesn't get "natural" expressions, etc. unless being a voyeur. f2.8 is a bit too slow for *me* and *arguably* needs to be stopped down to f4 for better resolution.

$500: 85 f1.8G...stellar. None of the CA some speak of here. Better at f2 than the 85 f1.4G. Light weight, non-intimidating, etc.

$1,800: If the situation is conducive, I prefer the Zeiss 100 f2.

$5,000: If working with a professional model, I prefer the Nikon 200 f2. Otherwise, talk about intimidating!

Factor in the price? Nikon 85f1.8G by a mile.

See comments by Ming Thien and Thom Hogan, etc...preferring the 85 f1.8G over the f1.4G regardless of price.

I'm waiting for Zeiss to release their new uber 85mm next year...we'll see.

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