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Old May 7, 2008, 5:29 PM   #1
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This is the one I want - AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF but is $1000. Can someone recommend a good inexpensive lens that would be similar?
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Old May 7, 2008, 6:04 PM   #2
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Not similar but the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is 1/2 the price with HSM and with a 1.5x crop you are almost there...
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Old May 7, 2008, 7:38 PM   #3
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The third party lens manufacturers like Sigma, Tamron and Tokina don't make a lens that bright with a focal length that long yet.

The longest focal length lens from a major third party manufacturer in Nikon mount you'll find with f/1.4 is the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 that NHL mentioned (and I don't think it's shipping yet).

You may want to consider a Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D as an alternative to the f/1.4. It's available for around $399 now.

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I have the nikkor 85mm 1/8, if you're confortable with the 85mm it more than adequate
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Old May 11, 2008, 5:01 PM   #5
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I have the nikkor 85mm 1/8, if you're confortable with the 85mm it more than adequate
I was going to add that at 85mm f/1.4 your depth of field at about 3-4 metres for a portrait is VERY small. You'll probably get one eye and a bit of the nose in focus...The rest will be OOF.

When I do portraits for staff pics at work with my 50mm, I end up at f/2.8 and above, depending on the level of natural light. The 50mm does leave you a bit close for tight head and shoulders shots, but is fine for torso + head.

I'd go for the 85mm f/1.8 lens at 1/4 the price of the f/1.4. If you want super cheap and can get a bit closer get the 50mm f/1.8 Nikon. It's super sharp and has lovely contrast and bokeh.

Hope that helps.

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Old May 11, 2008, 10:42 PM   #6
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I tried the Tamron 28-300 VC lens on my Nikon D80 this last Saturday and brought home the results on my card. Quite impressive. Picture is crisp and clear. Even the one that was shot at 1/25" ISO 100. Given I could have gone to ISO400 and perhas a different aperture.... This lens is about 600.00



Also you might consider the 55-200 VR Nikon. I have this lens and it makes an outstanding portrait lens, especially with natural light.


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Old May 12, 2008, 3:35 PM   #7
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I bought the Nikkor 50mm 1.8D, and I must admit that for 100 bucks, it's sharp and fast, eventhough I do not like its"plastic" feeling.

Of course you can have sharper and faster and more expensive.

Here is a good example of one eye only...

http://www.cameralift.com/axelsourit.jpg



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Thanks for all the responses! I certainly have alot to think about before I purchase a new lens. Thanks Again!
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