Advice for portrait lenses

Started Mar 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
Rservello Senior Member • Posts: 1,157
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!


50mm 1.4g isn't worth the extra expense. If you want a G lens in 50, get a 1.8g since it haa an aspherical element and 1.4 is basically useless since it's so vignetted it loses almost an entire stop, negating your half stop gain. I shoot a 1.8d and use f2 as my highest setting and get amazingly narrow dof. If you can afford zeiss or sigma art, I would say that's a much better optical purchase that will retain its value if well maintained. As for ai-s lenses. I think the are better than af-s. Optics are cleaner, and they aren't cheap plastic barrels. I personally don't care for current nikkor lenses. 1.8d is the exception because it's small, light, and sharp as a tack.

I have a rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens that I love to death. Well recommended, and very reasonably priced. I have a voigtlander 58mm f1/4 on its way to me. I'll report back once I get to shoot it, but im excited!

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Panasonic LX100 Nikon D600 Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Voigtlander 58mm F1.4 Nokton SL II Rokinon 85mm F1.4 +4 more
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