Cheap but good AF portrait lens?

Started Aug 11, 2014 | Questions thread
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Dazed and Confused Contributing Member • Posts: 532
Cheap but good AF portrait lens?


I'm taking a lot of photos of my children using a Zeiss 100mm f/2 macro, but the manual focus is limiting my keeper rate.  They look great when I get them.  But only if I get them.

My only AF lens around that focal length is an f/4, and doesn't give me the shallow depth of field I need to isolate often very busy backgrounds.

I'm looking for a full frame lens between 85mm and 135mm with a wide aperture (at least 2.8) and autofocus.  But I don't want to spend any money.

I'm not too worried about absolute image quality - the types of photos I'll be taking don't need perfect corners or critical sharpness.  If the lens has a nice 'feel' (e.g. a nice bokeh) then I'll be very happy.  I have my other lenses for more critical work.

I expect that there are some older lenses that could well do what I want at a lower price (e.g. previous versions of 85mm lenses), but Nikon lens history is so long and varied that I don't know where to begin!


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