nikon 50mm 1.8?

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  1. ghache

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    I need a lens to shoot portrait in a home studio and inside/outside.
    should i buy the 50mm 1.8?
     
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    dearlybeloved No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    i use one and it does the job. usually you would want something within the 85-100mm range which the nikon 18-105 would be ideal but ive got the nikkor 50mm 1.8 and i get really sharp photos from it. lighting is key (obviously) and thats my 2cents.


    Edit: ps. i want youre tokina 11-16mm lens.
     
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    Awsome lens, cheap and extremely sharp with a huge aperture. I use it for portraits a lot, I highly recommend it.
     
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    Its an excellent lens and its wide maximum aperture allows for nice shallow DOF images. The focal length is a good choice for loosely framed classical portraiture. When it comes to bang for the buck it can't be beat.

    The 50mm is a little short for tight face-only shots. For these an 85mm f/1.8 might be a better choice. Zooms that cover this range can work well but none are really fast enough to produce the extremely shallow DOF that some people like in portraits.
     
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    85mm 1.8 should do the trick, although its about 350 used

    but if you cant afford that the 50mm 1.8 is just fine, i know a guy who used that for some class portraits and they turned out great
     

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