Nikon portrait lenses

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  1. Peeb

    Peeb Semi-automatic Mediocrity Generator Supporting Member

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    The 70-300 zoom sharper than the 50mm prime? I own both and don't find my results to be consistent with that statement (not that 'sharp' has that much to do with portrait photography to begin with. Any nikor lens is plenty sharp enough, no?)

    The zoom, wide open, should indeed have nice bokeh but will be 1.5x the FOV on that camera, so it gets pretty long pretty fast.


     
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    Braineack Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    on paper it is actually according to both Nikon's own MTF measurements, and third-party measurements like DXOMark:

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  3. Peeb

    Peeb Semi-automatic Mediocrity Generator Supporting Member

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    OK- this is AF-P and I have the older AF-S; but seriously- if the 1.8G isn't sharp enough for portraits, you're doing it wrong, wouldn't you agree?
     
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    That's the VR AF-S, not the AF-P.

    Correct, I was just making a statement.
     
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    As a portraiture lens, I would really rather have a 70-300mm zoom lems than a fixed 50mm lens. The focal length flexibility of the zoom is really handy to have for portraiture. The biggest problem is the 70mm short end, which will put you quite far away in many situations, meaning you'll have to literally stand back quite a ways.
     
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    My thanks to all who so kindly replied with advice. Through your answers I have a better understanding of the subject.
    I have ordered the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8g. When I come up on the lottery, I will be back for more advice.
    Thanks again,
    Zeferina
     
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    I had a similar question on lenses. I volunteered to take some headshots at the office for our intranet. I have a D610 and was deciding between my 50\1.8g and 70-200\2.8 VR1. I was leaning towards the 70-200mm and this seems to reinforce that decision.

    Thanks, Scott
     
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    2,650mm equivalent on the top end, Do you call your subjects from the next county!!
     
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    the 70-200 is far superior to the 50mm 1.8G.

    the 50mm 1.8G is a beginners lens. it's not bad, and better to use for subject isolation than say the 18-55mm, but it's not great by any means. I think if you really want a 50mm the one to look at is the Sigma 1.4 (non-art). Problem is it's about double the cost, and probably not "worth" double the cost. I sold my 50mm 1.8g quickly after purchasing it and got a 58mm 1.4G -- it's such a fantastic renderer. But for most, the 50mm 1.8G will suffice (but ew, look at shots with it with trees in the bg).


    oh here perfect:

    the 50mm 1.8G at 3.2:

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    DSC_5746 by Braineack, on Flickr

    same kid exact 1 year earlier with a 70-200 at 2.8:

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    Campbell and his Balloons by Braineack, on Flickr


    give me the 70-200.
     
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    70-200 f2.8's are awesome portrait lenses, period.
     
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    The "ole" 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D (2 ring) is no slouch either! I used it for years before adding a 70-200! Such a good lens I still have it!! :encouragement:
     
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    Agreed! I loved mine. It was awesome!
     

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