Portrait Lens Question

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jgrove, May 17, 2005.

  1. jgrove

    jgrove

    489
    Apr 13, 2005
    Halesowen,UK
    I use a Nikon D2hs, i have looked at the 85mm F1.4 but this on a digital camera at a wedding i think would be too much? Or even for portaits, as it would work out around 105mm

    I was thinking of a 50mm F1.4 AFD any opinions?

    Thanks
     
  2. I have both. I use the 85 1.4 for kid full body and adult half body to head & shoulder shots. I use the 50 1.4 for adult full body shots and candids. They're both great portrait lenses.
     
  3. I've played with the 50, but prefer the overall look of the 85 f/1.4. If I'm at an event shooting candids, I'll take the 17-55 and the 85. The combination of the two works very well.
     
  4. jgrove

    jgrove

    489
    Apr 13, 2005
    Halesowen,UK
    Decided on a 50mm F1.8 AFD as i already use a 17-35 AFS F2.8. I felt the 85mm on a DSLR would be a bit to powerful. The 50mm will just about do it, i hope! Oh and its was a great deal cheaper!
     
  5. jfrancis

    jfrancis

    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    The 50 mm makes a great portrait lens on a dSLR. I would love to get the 85 mm f/1.4, but it's hard to justify when I have the 70-200VR, which despite its rather intimidating size, is an awesome portrait lens. The bokeh and sharpness is right up there with the 85 mm IMO.
     
  6. jgrove

    jgrove

    489
    Apr 13, 2005
    Halesowen,UK
    Thanks! I use a 70-200 as well. But the 50mm F1.8 is great is so sharp wide open, small light weight and good DOF
     
  7. jfrancis

    jfrancis

    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    I agree 100%. It's a great little lens that everyone should have in their bag at the price. Even so, I find myself reaching for the big gun most of the time. The bokeh of the 70-200 is delicious 8)
     
  8. gho

    gho

    Feb 7, 2005
    California
    I have all three of those lenses (50mm 1.4, 1,8 and the 85 1.4) Here's some samples from each for ya:


    Here's a shot done with the 50mm 1.8 @ f/8
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    Here's a shot done with the 50mm 1,4 @ f/2.0:
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    Here's one done with the 85mm 1.4 @ f/2.4:
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  9. GMolotsky

    GMolotsky Guest

    Beautiful shots gregory.

    James I would definitely start with 50 1.8 for the price you can't beat it and as your business and skill grow, so will your collection of fine glass.

    Good luck.

    Gregg
     
  10. Considering looking at and through the 85 AF-D f1.8. It is a very sharp lens and will give you the view, distance and coverage you need for a portrait.

    Enjoy, Bill
     
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