Portrait lens recommendations for Nikon D5200

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  1. Lanna.O

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    Hi. I have nikon d5200 with 18-55mm lens and i want to buy some equipment for professional photography. I'm looking forward to buy 50mm, 35mm and 85mm lenses. 85mm lens is a bit expensive so I'm looking for an alternative, cheaper version of it. Need some advices about it.

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    whats your budget?
     
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    400$
     
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    That can get you a used Nikon 85mm 1.8G which is a fantastic lens but you will have to look around, people tend to keep them. Keep in mind that it would work on a FX camera if you ever decide to upgrade.

    If you don't mind manual focus, the 85mm 1.8 AF-D can be had for around $300.
    Nikon Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D AF Telephoto Lens | KEH Camera

    Here is a 2 Kit lens promo 35mm & 85mm that has been going on for a while. It has the Nikon 85mm 3.5G but still a very sharp lens, just not as fast as the 1.8G but it has macro and VR function. These are both limited to DX camera's but still an excellent value.
    Nikon Macro & Portrait Lens Kit

    For $76 more dollars, you can get new
    Nikon 85mm F/1.8
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    I'd skip the 85mm until you get a 50 first. The 85mm is long on your body for portraits and can be restrictive unless you have lots of room to step baaaaaccckkkkkk.....
     
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    Oh, ha-ha, I asked some questions in your other thread.

    I have both a 50 and an 85, and although I love them both, I would much prefer the focal length of the 85 over the 50 and certainly over the 35mm for portraiture. The reason being, (assuming one has the physical space to use the longer lens) longer lenses render portraits better in that the distortion is minimized. Shorter lenses are for when you've run out of space in which to back up more.
     
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    Thanks for answers! It was helpful :1247:
     
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    So is the 50mm best portrait lens which can i get for my camera?
     
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    As I attempted to explain; longer lenses are more flattering in portraiture, but if you're cramped for space, then the 50. Or your zoom at 55mm. There's nothing wrong with the 18-55 IMO.
     

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