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Best prime lens for DSLR portrait photography?

Robert Lorenzini , Jun 07, 2006; 01:03 p.m.

What is the best prime lens for Nikon DSLR portrait photography? Why do you pick this as the best? All opinions will be appreciated.

I am being vague on purpose...

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Adam Maas , Jun 07, 2006; 01:13 p.m.

For headshots it's the 85 f1.4.

For full-body shots it's the 55 f2.8 Micro (Gorgeous Bokeh).

For cheap it's a 50 f1.8 (sharp, but average bokeh)

Ramses Moya , Jun 07, 2006; 01:44 p.m.

85mm 1.8 and 1.4 are still the kings in my mind.

Michael Bradtke , Jun 07, 2006; 01:52 p.m.

50 f/1.2 AIS 85 f/.4 AF D 85 f/1.8 AI-S 105 f/2.5 AI 105 f/2 D DC 135 f/2 D DC

I shoot with the 50 85 1.8 105 2.5 and the 135 2.0 They all have there uses

Michael

Michael Bradtke , Jun 07, 2006; 01:53 p.m.

Sorry that should be 85 f/1.4

Jim Evans , Jun 07, 2006; 02:26 p.m.

An 85mm .4! Saaaaaweeeeeeeet! I can see it now, 200mm filter threads, 40 pounds, and the price of a house on the west coast. :)

Jim

Cliff K (CNY) , Jun 07, 2006; 02:29 p.m.

I'll second Adam for the 55mm f/2.8 micro - nice bokeh. But... maybe too sharp for some subjects?

When that's not long enough, the 75-150mm f/3.5 Series E - very nice bokeh. Also very sharp.

I guess Photoshop has enough ways to "fix" a portrait with too much fine detail. So, "too sharp" isn't a problem any more.

KL IX , Jun 07, 2006; 03:14 p.m.

The best that I've used are the aforementioned 85/1.4 AFD and 55mm/2.8 AIS.

The Zeiss 85mm may also be in the running, though I've never used it.

KL IX , Jun 07, 2006; 03:15 p.m.

Also, if it's not too long for your needs, the classic 105/2.5 AIS.

Robert Lorenzini , Jun 07, 2006; 03:52 p.m.

Great responses. I would like to add to the forum by asking does anyone have experience with the Nikon 50mm 1.4?


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