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    Default Please recommend lens for portrait photo

    I'm using Nikon D90 and have a sigma 18-200mm OS lens for travelling/over-all purpose.

    I kinda need another lens to take photos for portrait (maximum the fool length of human body), both indoor and out-door

    I kinda stuck with a few choics:

    Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G (new release, no review yet >_<)
    Nikkor 50mm 1.4F (is G version good? the price is way high)
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
    Nikkor 85mm 1.8D

    The ideal price would be around S$500

    Any good 3rd party lens are also welcome >_< and I will NOT get Sigma 30mm f1.4 (too expensive for me)

    BTW another question is if I use a lens designed for fullframe on a camera with APS-C sized sensor, the only problem is the actual focal length need to multiply by 1.5 for Nikon right? (ie, my sigma is actually 27-300mm (equivalent to 35mm sensor) on my D90)

    What will happen if I use a DX lens on FX camera? (assume the mount is same)
    Last edited by kulagg; 12th February 2009 at 05:16 PM.

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    Default Re: Please recommend lens for portrait photo

    For a full body portrait around 50mm is ideal.
    From your budget you can afford the 50mm f/1.4D. The G version costs almost double that of the D.
    35mm is slightly wider, and 85mm is generally more for headshots/plus shoulder.

    Yes, for APS-C sensor you need to take the crop factor into account. So 50mm on a APS-C is equiv to 75mm on FX.

    As for DX lenses on FX bodies, I personally am not a FX user, but I think you can mount it.
    FX bodies also have a DX mode. Not sure if you have to switch to this mode to use a DX lens.

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    Default Re: Please recommend lens for portrait photo

    Quote Originally Posted by thenomad View Post
    For a full body portrait around 50mm is ideal.
    ..
    Thats seems like general consensus.
    But just watched FashionTV , and wondering why these photographers are using at least 200mm lens for fashion shoots with models 3m away.
    Anyone knows the answer?Thks

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    Default Re: Please recommend lens for portrait photo

    Quote Originally Posted by kulagg View Post
    I'm using Nikon D90 and have a sigma 18-200mm OS lens for travelling/over-all purpose.
    Use your 18-200mm and see whats the focal length you like to use for full body shoot ?
    The 85mm is pretty long on a DX to shoot full body unless u dun mind standing a distance away.

    Ryan

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    Default Re: Please recommend lens for portrait photo

    Quote Originally Posted by redmonsoon View Post
    Thats seems like general consensus.
    But just watched FashionTV , and wondering why these photographers are using at least 200mm lens for fashion shoots with models 3m away.
    Anyone knows the answer?Thks
    It's to 1) give the photographer a shallow DoF & 2) guarantee that there'll be absolutely no distortion of body parts (i.e- the head appearing larger than the rest of the body when using wide-angle lenses)

    To TS:
    the 50mm f1.8D'll be the cheapest AND one of the best lenses you can have if you're doing full-body/ torso shots

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    Default Re: Please recommend lens for portrait photo

    Thanks to all who have replied! I learned something from you.
    I'll get a 50mm 1.8D then .

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    Default Re: Please recommend lens for portrait photo

    Quote Originally Posted by Daedalus Trent View Post
    It's to 1) give the photographer a shallow DoF & 2) guarantee that there'll be absolutely no distortion of body parts (i.e- the head appearing larger than the rest of the body when using wide-angle lenses)

    To TS:
    the 50mm f1.8D'll be the cheapest AND one of the best lenses you can have if you're doing full-body/ torso shots
    Thks Daedalus & Kulagg, learnt something new for me.
    Last edited by redmonsoon; 13th February 2009 at 10:34 AM.

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