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Which would you choose

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Bobalooie, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. Bobalooie

    Bobalooie Guest

    For people and portrait work...

    85 1.8...no can't afford the 1.4 lol


    60 mm 2.8 macro

    please and thank-you
  2. luke_28


    May 12, 2008
    85mm 1.8
  3. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    Tamron 90
  4. on a DX body? Tight portrait or head and shoulders or full length?

    The 85/1.8 is a terrific lens, but it might be a tad long for portraits on a DX body. Remember that an 85mm lens on DX "acts like" a 130mm lens. On FX, it is ideal. Not bad for head shots (although you can begin to see some compression), but too long for full lengths.

    For portraits, I tend to select either my 85 or my 50. I almost never use my 105 macro for portraits unless the subject is a child or young adult. The macro lenses are unforgivingly sharp......to my taste, macro lenses often yield unflattering portraits.
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  5. If you don't have much room to place distance between camera and subject you're going to find 85mm on a crop body to be a bit long. It's beautiful for tight head shots and head and shoulder shots but you're not going to get much more than that in frame.
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  6. lovemy8514

    lovemy8514 Guest

    For portraits only, the 85mm f/1.8. I like the shallow depth of field produced at these large apertures.

    The 60mm has received praise for portraits, and would allow macro too.

    Hopefully you can try them both before you buy.
  7. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    there ya go..and like $350 brand new -> DEAL!!!
  8. CraigH


    Mar 21, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I like that idea as well. Great lens for a great price. I also like the 60mm Nikkor.
  9. Bobalooie

    Bobalooie Guest

    The Tamron 90 here is $460. plus tax...thats 14% tax = $524.40
  10. Bobalooie

    Bobalooie Guest

    I have a chance to trade my 60 mm for the 85mm if I like. I'm not really into macro, but wondered what was the prefered lense for people/portrait shots....if given the choice between the 2. No money exchanged, just lenses that were purchased at the same time, and in mint condition. They sell for the exact same price here in Canada......$449. plus tax....but that irrelivant now. I picked up this 60 mm at the time because they were out of the 85 mm at the moment(which I wanted in the first place). And ya know, with a new D300 ya just gotta have "new" glass to play with RIGHT THEN...lol......Now the offer comes available.....any truth to the rumor about CA happening with the 85 and a Dx sensor?????? read it somewhere ???
    Thanks for your replies by the way
  11. 85/1.8 for sure

    85/1.8 for sure on a DX sensor
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