Advice for portrait lenses

Started Mar 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
9ck Senior Member • Posts: 1,025
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?

Be happy that you didn't get spoiled with the 51-point AF-system in the D7100 - the only thing I'm missing since my upgrade - but the D610 is great

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?

I would not sugest the 50mm as your primary portrait lens. It's a nice focal length for walk around but a bit short for portraits. I would get the 50mm 1.8 G and save the money. Note that the 1.8 has ED glas.

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?

You haven't specified whether it's the D or G version. I have the G and as you I love that focal length on DX (now and then just a tiny bit to long though). Again I would save my money and keep the 85mm 1.8 you have.

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?

This is where I wuold spend my money. As you, I also have considered my options for this focal length and right now I'm leaning towards the 105mm f/2.8 macro. It should have almost as great bokeh as the 105mm f/2.0 DC, it's cheeper a tad sharper and faster AF and you get the macro as bonus. But if those +++ is of no important for you and you have the money maybe you should get one of the f/2.0 DC's

I've recently got the 70-200mm f/4 which I guess I'll use for portraits also - but I havent tested it for that purpose yet.

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!


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Regards 9ck

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