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Lens Choice for Portraits


davcar 14 12 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2010 4:50PM
Hi,
I'm using a D300s with an 18 to 200 but I'm considering a 50mm prime lens for portraits. Any advice would be appreciated

Thanks
miptog 16 3.6k 65 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2010 5:01PM
The Nikkor 50mm f1.8 is a must have lens, and one of the best value lens that Nikon produce. Just buy one.
Dugi34 14 917 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2010 5:30PM
I second that notion. It punches way above its weight.
thewilliam 13 6.1k
8 Nov 2010 5:33PM
The 50mm is a good choice. If you're happy to do the focussing yourself, you could save a bit by getting manual-focus.

I prefer something a little longer - Nikon do some excellent 85mm optics.
Carrera_c 12 273 3 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2010 5:36PM
The 50mm1.8 is a great cheap prime lens to go for. Gets my vote!
scottishphototours 17 2.6k 2
8 Nov 2010 5:38PM
The 85mm f1.8 is the best value portrait lens they do - great for head and shoulders shots. The 50mm can be a bit short for my liking...
User_Removed 11 4.6k 1 Scotland
8 Nov 2010 7:34PM
I'd certainly use the 85mm for portraits with an FX camera. But I find that the 50mm lens is perfect with a crop-sensor camera.
davcar 14 12 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2010 8:48PM

Quote:I'd certainly use the 85mm for portraits with an FX camera. But I find that the 50mm lens is perfect with a crop-sensor camera.


My mind is made up, seeing as I'm using a crop sensor 50mm it is Smile

Big Cheers for the advice
timbo 19 596 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2010 9:18PM
you won't regret it.
nickthompson 14 158 England
9 Nov 2010 6:50PM
Don't know if I'm too late, but look at the 50mm f/1.4 D. (The older one). It's bit more money than it's f/1.8 counterpart, but it would be better at low light and you'd be able to shoot at f/1.8.

Nick
davcar 14 12 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2010 7:22PM

Quote:Don't know if I'm too late, but look at the 50mm f/1.4 D. (The older one). It's bit more money than it's f/1.8 counterpart, but it would be better at low light and you'd be able to shoot at f/1.8.

Nick



Decision has been made and the 1.8 should arrive tommorrow. I considered the 1.4 but the additional pennies will come in usefull for other stuff but thanks antway

Dave
nickthompson 14 158 England
11 Nov 2010 10:55PM
It's certainly a great lens. Enjoy it.
Nick
DaveG_photo 12 83 1 England
14 Nov 2010 4:03PM
I'm very happy with my D300 and "nifty fifty" combination. Grin Also use the 35mm prime for studio work.
davcar 14 12 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2010 4:06PM
Once again thanks for the views. The 50mm is now on the front of the camera and working brilliantly.

Cheers all

Dave
19 Nov 2010 1:50PM
Back in October we highly recommended the 85mm f/1.4G. Might need to save the pocket money (1500) but I'm sure it's worth it. Doesn't look like we've reviewed the 50mm, would you guys be interested in reading our review on it?

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