Advice for portrait lenses

Started Mar 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
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BobVell
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Re: Advice for portrait lenses

sapralot wrote:

After using a D90 for more than five years I finally made the switchover to full frame - and I have absolutely no regrets about picking the D610. But having an FX body is only half the story, now I need to get some appropriate lenses, too. And since I love to shoot portraits, I plan to restrict myself to two, at a max three tele respectively standard primes. Maybe you can give me a word of advice?

50mm: The Nikon 50/1.4 G seems to be a good deal, especially considering that I like to work with a shallow DOF. Or should I wait for the Sigma Art 50/1.4 DG? And what about the Zeiss ZF.2 Planar 50/1.4?

85mm: I currently own a Nikon 85/1.8. Would it pay off to exchange it for the G version? (The 85/1.4 G might be a terrific lens, but I'm afraid I can't afford it.) Would it make sense to get 85/1.2 AI?

105/135mm: I love to take head shots with the 85mm mounted to my D90, hence I would prefer 135mm over 105mm. But the Nikon 135/2.0 D is rather high priced and the Zeiss ZF.2 135/2.0 is VERY high priced. Would a Nikon 135/2.8 AI do the job, too? What about the 105/2.8 AI, the 105/1.8 AI?

In general: Is it a good idea to put legacy (AI/S) lenses on a D610? Won't I lose a lot of it's value?

I really appreciate your help!

Cheers,
Johannes

When I switched from DX to FX, I opted for the 85 f/1.8 G. It is much cheaper than the 1.4 and the difference between the two wasn't worth the cost for me.

I also found I liked the images better (this was on a D800) with the newer G versions than older versions (of course, I didn't test every possible combination, just the 85 f/1.8G and 50 f/1.8G and a couple of others). Could be the coatings, could be just what I like in IQ. Several other sites have noted quite different performance on the D800 than other bodies, though, and I've not seen the same discussion for the D610, so try them for yourself.

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Nikon D800 Sony Alpha 7 II Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G +4 more
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