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Old Jan 5, 2006, 10:47 AM   #11
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Cheers for the link. Itmade for an interesting read and I now have a better understanding of what to look for when the subject is discussed.
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Old Jan 5, 2006, 5:28 PM   #12
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I would recommend the 85mm/f1.8 or 85mm/f1.4 for head and shoulder portraits. I use the 85mm/f1.8 with my D70s and the results areamazing. I think the 50mm lens is more for full length (head to toe) portraits.
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Old May 17, 2010, 2:02 PM   #13
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Looks like the 85mm/f1.8D is a pretty good choice for portraits. I have a NIkkor 18-20 VR II, which is an awesome lens. Is it worth spending the $450. for the 85mm?

The main advantage would be the aperture/speed/bokeh. I am an advanced amateur that shoots with a NIkon D5000.

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Old May 17, 2010, 10:46 PM   #14
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Awww dont leave out the 105mm and 135mm f2's.

Those right there are both portrait lenses built almost exclusively for portraits.

The both have DC which is defocus control, so essentially the lenses have 2 apertures.

With that in mind, go look at some shots from the both of those, and you will see the epitome of bokeh.
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Old May 17, 2010, 10:49 PM   #15
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a good macro lens is another good option, they are all pretty much tack sharp. Great for portrait work
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