Portrait Lens Question

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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
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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jklofft said:
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.
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!
 
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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.
 
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jfrancis said:
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.
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
 
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jgrove said:
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
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)
 

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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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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
 
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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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