I recently started a thread pointing out the 85 1.8's value as an affordable informal portrait machine. This past weekend at a social gathering I had a chance to try out another combo: the 50 1.4 teamed with a Kenko Pro 300 1.4x giving an effective 70mm f/2 lens. All shot RAW with a D50, 50mm 1.4 lens, and Kenko 1.4x Pro 300. The settings: 1/800 @ f/2.5 and 70mm (effective), ISO 200. All cropped to a moderate degree, processed by DxO, and converted to web jpegs via Photo Mechanic: ********************* There are lots of ways to get good informal portraits without feeling you have to have an 85 1.4. The beauty of this one is that the lens and teleconverter fit in the small front pocket of my holster case, wherein resides the D50 with my normal 18-135 walkabout lens. So the "portrait" and low-light lenses are there when you need them, without compromising the portability of the walkabout outfit.