Portrait lens recommendations for Nikon D5200

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    I prefer the compression and sharpness of the 85mm but as mentioned, you have to have the space behind you. The 85mm 1.8G has to be the best lens I have and it's a tremendous value while noticeably better image quality for portrait work, if you have the space behind you it can't be beat for the money.

    I prefer the 35mm over he 50mm because it is more versatile in that makes a great street and landscape lens for me and good for tighter spaces. I also think the 35mm is a little sharper or at least my copy was, I ended up selling my 50mm. So for portraits, I use the 35 1.8G for tight spaces and the 85 1.8G for everything else other than a wide group shot. The problem with the 35mm is if you get to close to the subject, it can distort the face a little.

    As mentioned, the 18-55 works great as well but I just prefer primes over zoom when it comes to portraits. I sold mine to get a 35mm 1.8G prime. I own a Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 that was giving to me and it works real nice as well, better than the Nikon kit lens for sharpness and low light but I rarely use it these days.

    Your gonna get a ton of answers here that can get confusing. The 50mm is probably the most popular choice but I just do not prefer it over the 35mm and 85mm. You will more than likely love it. The only 50mm I love is the one on my Pentax Film camera, 50mm f/1.7


     
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    Here is a quick pic using the 85mm 1.8, I was about 8 ft away. The original file on PC is tack sharp.
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    Lanna,

    There is no "best portrait lens."

    First you need to define in your mind, what is "portrait" photography for YOU.

    Portrait can be anything and everything from a 20+ person multi-family portrait, 4 person family portrait, to a full length couple, to waist up couple, to single waist up, single head and shoulder, single head, single tight face.

    Each of these types of portraits has a different lens requirement.
    The larger the group, the wider the lens, the tighter the shot the longer the lens.

    The space you have (distance from you to the subject) also affect the lens choice.
    If you don't have enough space, you need to use a shorter lens. If you have the space, you can use a longer lens.
     

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