Advice for portrait lenses

Started Mar 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
colombiano Contributing Member • Posts: 567
Re: Advice for portrait lenses

Luke Kaven wrote:

sapralot wrote:

Luke Kaven wrote:

Many of the 50s have what is called "double-draw" bokeh. The newer G lenses are a little better with that. But your samples are showing exactly what Stacey is referring to. It's not awful, but not very good.

The 60 isn't fast, but it isn't slow either, and it is in a very sweet spot, with distortion at about zero, and a perspective that works for high fashion. It knocks me out. None of the 50s can do that.

But I'm not saying you shouldn't have a 50 of course. The 50/1.8g is very nice. Definitely a huge improvement of the 50/1.8d.

What about the Sigma 50mm/1.4 EX DG? Would that be an acceptable alternative?

(Since no one knows when the Sigma Art 50mm/1.4 DG shows up?)

Compare the MTF of the Sigma EX DG

To the Nikon 50/1.8g

I think I would avoid the EX DG based on this. For a couple of months, I'd wait out the Sigma Art 50, if it's anything like the Art 35.

In your example, for portraits, Sigma is better than Nikkor. Sigma is sharp enough at 1.4 and has beautiful bokeh, while Nikkor has only average bokeh. Nikkor is better in all around sharpness though.

Same is for Sigma 30 1.4 and Nikkor 35 1.8 DX: Sigma has creamy bokeh while Nikkor can be quite nervous. Even if Nikkor is sharp in corners already at F2.8 and Sigma can't match the corners even at F5.6, I still prefer Sigma 30.


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