Portrait Lens

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  1. dostagamom

    dostagamom TPF Noob!

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    What portrait lens could I buy for the Nikon D40? I have the kit lens and it does a fairly good, but I would like a more specific lens for portraits.
    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
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    anything around 50-80 would be ideal...
    or a 70-200 works quite well for portraits...because you can always use a longer lens, if you move back.
     
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    I just got the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 and it seems like it will make a great portrait/long distance lens:) It also focuses with the D40 since it has the HSM motor.
     
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    I am looking at a Sigma 50-150 HSM it also is a f/2.8 lens. You don't have to back up so much as with the 70-200 helpful in smaller rooms. Might be worth talking a look at.
     
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    Portrature lenses can be anything from 20 to 200, dependng on how and where you shoot.

    I did a whole series of protraits for a friend's parent's 50th a short while ago, using nothing more than the 18-50 Sigma . I had excelent results. However I can see the need for 50-200 range in portraits just as easily.

    It depends on MANY factors!
     
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    Get a 50mm f1.8 and try using available light.
     

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