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105VR Macro as portrait lens ?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Matthew1381, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. I am thinking of using the lens (apart from its Macro capability) as a portrait lens.

    Could someone post a couple of photos to help me decide on its
    suitability for this ?

    Any other alternative lens I should look at (doing macro & portrait) - I use a

    Thanks in advance
  2. Nice series of pictures there Gr8Tr1x!

    Now I know my future 105 :Whistle: is also capable of doing potrait.
  3. I tried it for a week, wasn't happy with it for portraits. So finally sent it back and got a 105DC instead. (Which works great with the 500D, and the price difference got me a 60 micro :Crunk:) 
  4. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    i don't get it ...isn't the 105dc more $ than the vr?
    ..btw, the 105dc will most likely be my next in lue of the 85 1.4...:smile:
  5. Not when second hand and from eBay :Crunk:
  6. Thanks for replies so far but need to restrict to lenses that fit D40.

    Anyone else has any other suggestion (other than the 105VR) usable as a portrait as well as macro
    lens for the D40 ?

    Thanks in advance
  7. Ciao Matthew

    since you need motorized lenses, I guess the only three alternatives you have are:

    1) Nikkor AF 70-300 VR
    2) Sigma 50-150 F2.8 APO EX DG HSM
    3) Sigma 70-200 F2.8 APO EX DG HSM

    I'm not including here the Nikkor 70/200 due to its huge price.
    If you shoot from more distance, it could fit also the Sigma 150 F2.8 MACRO, but I guess you should be quite far from your subject.

    Probably, for the same price, you could always swap your D40 with a D50 and then looking again for, let's say, an 85 F1.8 (tight portraits) or 50 F1.8 or so. I find really limiting not being able to work with great fixed lenght lenses on D40.. Probably this gap will be filled in the future but for now...

    All the best, though.
  8. With a 1.5x crop, the 105mm is a little too long for me.
  9. Gr8Tr1x

    Gr8Tr1x Guest

    I'lls econd the nomination of the 50-150mm 2.8 Sigma. Its pretty good across the range at 2.8 except at the extreme 150mm end. It is sharp the rest of the way though, and it makes a pretty decent portrait lens. I had it briefly.
  10. Brent M

    Brent M

    Aug 13, 2006
    I'm not an experienced portrait shooter by any means, but I do enjoy using this lens for this purpose. The versatility of the 105 VR makes it my favorite lens in my bag, and probably the most used.

    Here are a some examples of the lens pointed at people. I'll include enough so that hopefully in the agregate you can tell something about the lens. Full sized jpgs of these are available at the link in my sig:

    NIKON D70s    ---    105mm    f/5.6    1/160s   

    NIKON D70s    ---    105mm    f/3.5    1/800s   

    NIKON D70s    ---    105mm    f/3.5    1/50s   

    NIKON D70s    ---    105mm    f/4.5    1/30s   

    NIKON D70s    ---    105mm    f/5.6    1/100s   

    NIKON D70s    ---    105mm    f/4.0    1/500s   

    NIKON D70s    ---    105mm    f/3.0    1/25s   
  11. Thanks Brent

    Exactly the type of photos I am hoping to capture as I am what you call
    an expectant grandfather in July and hoping to get in enough practice before
    he arrives !

    Looks like I will settle for the 105VR as I still have my 18-200 for other zoom

    Thank you all for responding to my queries.
  12. Gr8Tr1x

    Gr8Tr1x Guest

    I think that you'll behappy with it. Please post some when you get a chance.
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