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Old Sep 6, 2012, 8:23 AM   #1
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I have a Sony A350 dslr with a 18-70mm lens. I would like to buy an additional lens that takes better portrait photo than the 18-70mm lens. Which lens can I go for?
I am an amateur photographer from Bangladesh like to take portrait and lifestyle. I would love have one prime lens for the portrait photo.

Also my budget for the lens is about 120 pounds...the lesser the better.

I would highly appreciate your valuable advice.

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Old Sep 6, 2012, 9:13 AM   #2
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I have a Sony A350 dslr with a 18-70mm lens. I would like to buy an additional lens that takes better portrait photo than the 18-70mm lens. Which lens can I go for?
I am an amateur photographer from Bangladesh like to take portrait and lifestyle. I would love have one prime lens for the portrait photo.
Basically, a portrait lens is whatever lens you take portraits. I'fe seen some excellent portraits taken with lots of different kinds of lenses, not the least of which is the 18-70.

For "lifestyle" photography, the 18-70 has a pretty good zoom range, but for portaits the aperture is small at the long end. You could use Sony's 50/1.8 or Minolta's 50/1.7, which are both reasonably priced. Sony's or Minolta's 85/1.4 are very expensive and probably a lot more than you want to spend, but Samyang makes one that's manual focus and reasonably good. It is sold under a lot of different brand names. It's reasonably priced, and if you want to do a lot of posed portraits, it might be just what you're looking for.

What you might do is figure out what focal lengths you use the most, and look for a lens that will do that range better than the 18-70. There's a program called ExposurePlot that can help with that. I suggest you try it out.

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Also my budget for the lens is about 120 pounds...the lesser the better.
That's going to be a problem. I don't know what the used market for Minolta lenses is like in your area, but in the US and Europe, it's a great source of good lenses at low prices. You could try eBay and see if the sellers will ship to you.
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Old Sep 9, 2012, 1:17 PM   #3
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Tamron makes some fine zooms. I was able to acquire a 28-200mm zoom for $50.00. The Minolta 50mm f1.7 stopped down to f2 is an ideal portrait lens as it's 35mm equivelent is the almost ideal 75mm in your Sony. I consider the Sony 18-70 to be unsatisfactory and sold the one that came with my camera. All of the old Minolta Maxxum lenses will serve you well and hold their value as they are no longer made. Ebay is indeed a good source for these lenses.
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