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Old Aug 11, 2004, 4:35 AM   #1
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Hey there,

I spend the majority of my time taking sports photography, but recently I'm am getting urges to take portraits. The lenses I currently use dont seem to work for this so I'm after some advice as for which lens I should purchase next.

My body is a D2H, and I currently use the Sigma 50/500 and the Nikon 18/35.

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Old Aug 11, 2004, 5:19 AM   #2
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The quinessential element that goes to make up a good portrait lens is the bokeh. So far, it seems nothing beats the 85 f/1.4. The 70-200VR compares favourably - and since it's very useable as a sports/action lens, you may find this far more suitable for your needs.
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Old Aug 11, 2004, 1:16 PM   #3
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How does the quality and sharpness compare, I'd imajine that the prime would come out the winner here.

The Sigma already covers a vast zoom range so I would probably look towards a prime or a smaller range telephoto?

Anyone have any photos compare prime verses telephoto.

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I have learnt a lot from Onyx, and he is usually right. I bought the 70/200 VRIFED which I have found marvellous for motor racing and portraiture. I would go as far as to say that I have been complimented on the "studio quality" of portraits I have done of friends children. Portraiture requires the subject to be in tight focus, and the rest out of focus (bokeh) and I honestly believe that this lens will cover both of your needs. Bokeh requires a big aperture, and this has F2.8 across the board, at 70mm and 200mm.

Onyx introduced me to this page and the review here should convince you more than any of us.

http://www.bythom.com/70200VRlens.htm

I will go further and say I have also bought the TC14E teleconvertor and for racing it has also proved superb, although no use of course for portraits of course! I also have the Nikon 17/55 F2.8, so if you feel the Sigma is good enough at the longer end, thisshouldbe the choiceas a superb portrait lens. It is pin sharp.

Finally, the "kit lens" the 18/70 is a good cheap option but does not really have a wide enough aperture for serious portraiture. In conclusion, I tend to use the 17/55 for the wide angle end, and the 70/200 for portraiture and sport. I find that the further I can be from the subject, but still within range to get a good portrait, the more natural and candid the photo. No "posing".

Best of luck in your decision.
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Old Aug 12, 2004, 5:15 AM   #5
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Great advice and link, lots of thinking to be done.

Any other thoughts would still be much appreciated.

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Old Aug 14, 2004, 1:18 PM   #6
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The 28-105 is a very good lens. It doesn't go down to 2.8 but it is a very versatile lens. has a good macro too.
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