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    Default Re: Recommended Portrait lens for Newbies

    I prefer Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and 28-75 f2.8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokka View Post
    For portrait, I'll recommend the 50mm f1.8. The bokeh is what you want in your portrait shots.

    For flexibility portrait, meaning you take people and sometimes scenery (Especially during travel), I'll recommend the nikon 16-50 f.28
    I think you meant the Tokina 16-50 f2.8 (quite expensive for a newbie, and not so good), since there is no Nikkor 16-50... Tamron 17-50 or Sigma 18-50 2.8 EX Macro HSM isbetter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by entropy_h View Post
    Don't think there's such a lens.
    my bad.. i mean the 17-55

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    Default Re: Recommended Portrait lens for Newbies

    Same old question: How much $ u have?

    <$200 = stick with Nikon 50mm 1.8
    <$500 = Nikon 50mm 1.4
    <$700 = Voigtlander 58mm 1.4
    <$1500 = Nikon 85mm 1.4
    <$3000 = Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR
    $Infinite = Nikon D3 + Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR

    In any case, ur 50 1.8 is pretty good already. It IS the recommended portrait lens for newbies!
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    Canon 50 f/1.0
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    Default Re: Recommended Portrait lens for Newbies

    You kidding.. nikon 17 55mm f2.8 is hardly a newbie lens. Heavy pro lens but I'm sure you mean the Tokina 16-50mm F/2.8 or the Tamron 17-50 mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hairi View Post
    upppzz for tamron 17-50MM
    another upzz from me for this lens too. value for $$ for a f/2.8 lens with good image quality. it is also sharp and contrasty. highly recommended for a newbie
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennisc View Post
    You kidding.. nikon 17 55mm f2.8 is hardly a newbie lens. Heavy pro lens but I'm sure you mean the Tokina 16-50mm F/2.8 or the Tamron 17-50 mm.
    that i hafta agree buddy! the weight itself is enuf to tell u that it is meant for "pro-er" shooter and the price also another indication. however having said that, it sure beats the tamron/tokina/sigma in similar zoom range...
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    Best newbie potrait lens - 50mm f1.8

    Cheap & good!!!

    Good bokeh, fast enough and sharp.
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    yo!

    i think tamron 17-50mm F2.8 is gd!! dun get 50mm F1.4, at F1.4 i think the images will not be sharp F1.8 can le!!

    two cents worth
    Last edited by tank0085; 14th September 2008 at 05:28 PM.

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    Ok from your lens choices you are talking about classical portraiture. You could use a wide angle as a portraite lens if you were trying for effects but based on classic stand point it would be difficult to get anything less than full body without distortions coming in.

    Go for the 85/1.8 it' more than good enought, the 1.4 is normal a better lens when shooting at lower light levels. Let leave bolkah out of this. But rent first - look at market place there people renting.

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    Default Re: Recommended Portrait lens for Newbies

    Quote Originally Posted by tank0085 View Post
    yo!

    i think tamron 17-50mm F2.8 is gd!! dun get 50mm F1.4, at F1.4 i think the images will not be sharp F1.8 can le!!

    two cents worth
    Why won't it be sharp if you have the correct holding techniques and use the proper shutter speed to freeze the picture?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tank0085 View Post
    yo!

    i think tamron 17-50mm F2.8 is gd!! dun get 50mm F1.4, at F1.4 i think the images will not be sharp F1.8 can le!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Why won't it be sharp if you have the correct holding techniques and use the proper shutter speed to freeze the picture?
    The 50/1.4 is definitely NOT a soft lens, even wide open.

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