Fast F mount portrait lenses (AF only)

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DeathArrow Senior Member • Posts: 3,080
Fast F mount portrait lenses (AF only)

Let's have a discussion about fast (as in f/2 or faster) portrait lenses available for Nikon F.

What are those? Which have great IQ, which not? Which have a decent AF, which not? Maybe some ranking considering IQ, AF, build quality and price.

Portrait lenses I know of:


Nikon 85mm f/1.4D

Nikon 85mm f/1.4G

Nikon 85mm f/1.8D

Nikon 85mm f/1.8G

Sigma 85mm f/1.4

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 ART

Samyang AF 85mm f/1.8

Yongnuo 85mm f/1.8

Tamron VC 85mm f/1.8


Nikon 105mm f/2 DC

Nikon 105mm f/1.4

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 ART


Nikon 135mm f/2 DC

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART


Nikon 200mm f/2 (not sure if the focal isn't too long, it might be fine for headshots)

As for rankings in term of quality I only have a limited experience with portrait lenses for F mount (just Sigma 85mm f/1.4 and Nikon 85mm f/1.8G), the rest is what I know from reviews and talks with fellow photographers.

Nikon 105mm f/1.4, Sigma 105mm f/1.4 ART, Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART seems to be on an outstanding level, DC lenses aren't very sharp or fast focusing, Yongnuo has only the price in its favor while the rest are at least decent level.

What are your experiences?

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