Hoping to buy a good lens for portraits

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  1. frasierfanatic

    frasierfanatic TPF Noob!

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    I have a Nikon D60 with
    (1) AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1:4-5.6G ED VR
    (2) AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 G VR

    I have tremors in my hands and head that are only slightly noticeable when medicated, and while most of my work is done on a tripod, Vibration Reduction or the equivalent is a huge plus for my constant shaking :p.

    I am getting my 1000 dollar tuition rebate in the mail this week, and it is going toward my camera, so I was hoping for some suggestions on a good lens for portraits.
     
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    youbetcha1018 TPF Noob!

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    The 55-200 mm is fine for outdoor field sports (although you may find yourself lusting for a 400 mm f/2.8 at some point) At 55 mm, it is the right focal length for shooting portraits.
     
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    Fast primes all the way. I think Nikon has an 85mm 1.8 or 1.4
     
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    mrcrassic TPF Noob!

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    Get a fast prime.

    I'm talking something that can handle at least f/2.2 or faster.
     
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    85mm 1.8 or a 105mm 2.8. Either of those are great for portraiture. You can also get a 50mm 1.8.
     
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    105mm I would think is pretty long for a DX sensor, it'ts perfect for FX though.

    The 70-200 has VR in it, the 85's listed won't AF on your camera, and manually focusing an f/1.4 lens on a D60, at least for me, would be impossible to do so accurately.

    I'd wait till christmas and buy the new Nikon AF-S 50mm. It will AF on your camera and give you great results.
     
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    The new AF-S 50 1.4; doesn't have VR, but if your shooting portraits, you'll be on a tripod most of the time, and 75mm [effective] is a pretty decent FL for a portrait lens.
     
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    the nifty fifty of course =)

    AF 50mm f/1.8
    can't go wrong with a $100
     
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    Thanks for the input! I have been looking at the beautifully priced $109 50mm f/1.8 but it wont AF on my camera, which I can live with, there is a more expensive which I might spring for instead. Ah...the choices!
     
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    frasierfanatic TPF Noob!

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    I think I've decided to wait on the December 2008 release of the Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4
     
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    good call
     
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    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    manually focusing on today's digital cameras is incredibly difficult to do so accurately.
     

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