What is the best prime lens for portrait shooting?


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There is no single "Best" lens for any subject. You can do portraiture with a 20mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm, 200mm, or even 400mm. All depends on what you'd like to do with it. :)

But if you want to know the most common, it's 85, 105, or 135mm.

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Originally posted by roti
my own fav. portrait lens is 105mm(135 format) & 160mm(med format)......for studio shoot ....:D
thanks for all the comments, especially to roti, newbie always like simple answer. :p
 

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Originally posted by cd.


thanks for all the comments, especially to roti, newbie always like simple answer. :p
no problem la.........dun know just ask la.......i am sure ppl here can give u good answers or advise.......;)
 

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Originally posted by ckiang


105? Got a f/2 and a f/2.8 version. The f/2 version has got defocus controls, which let you control both foreground and background blur.

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And what would be the individual cost of either one? :dunno:

Kindly enlighten. :)
 

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Originally posted by Wolfgang


And what would be the individual cost of either one? :dunno:

Kindly enlighten. :)
The 105/2.8 Micro is about $900+, close to $1000.
The 105/2DC dunno. But saw it $1000+ used in Prime sometime back.

You getting either one? :devil:

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Personal Opinion,

Previously use my Nikkor 105mm Macro f2.8 for portraiture shoots. Then I felt that the sharpness of this lens, works against my human portraitures. Too sharp lens, showing my models' pimples, veins etc. If I have no choice but to use the lens for portraiture, I'll be coupled it with a softer filter or soften it in PS. In addition, I think it only has 7-8 blades (can't remember), thus bolek not so nice, as compared to the 80-200mm f2.8 which has 9 blades.

Now I use this lens mostly for marco shoots.

Originally posted by roti
my own fav. portrait lens is 105mm(135 format) & 160mm(med format)......for studio shoot ....:D
 

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Originally posted by ckiang


The 105/2.8 Micro is about $900+, close to $1000.
The 105/2DC dunno. But saw it $1000+ used in Prime sometime back.

You getting either one? :devil:

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*Cough cough* Erm, let me practise more on my 50mm first. :embrass:
 

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Originally posted by Wolfgang


*Cough cough* Erm, let me practise more on my 50mm first. :embrass:
50mm might not be a good portraits lens. U need to get pretty close to the object to "fill" the fame.

Not too good for a "head" shot... The object might feel intimidated.
 

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Originally posted by Wolfgang


This is where i beg to differ. :)
And, what is the reason behind that?

A telephoto will make a person look "better" by compressing the feature.. Not too sure what you called that... Won't have "Big nose/forehead" syndrome.
 

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