For portraits I'd recommend the 85mm f1.8 AF-D. The f1.4 version is another option - it is no sharper nor better corrected than the f1.8 version (which is an excellent lens), but might give you better "bokeh". Someone earlier mentioned the AF-DC lenses. Those are good but expensive, heavy, and the shorter one is 105mm so not sure if that is too long for you. Alternatively, you can just go with the 50mm f1.4 AF-D (or even the f1.8 which has less distortion and is ridiculously cheap). Another great 85mm is the PC-E, but that's not something you'd want for portraits, and it is both bulky and expensive.
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I've enjoyed the 50/1.4 D-af (light and fast focusing; don't need to stinking AFS), 28-70 EDIF afs beast, 105/2-dc, Tokina 80-200/2.8 af and 300/2.8 af, and older lenses like AI'd 55/3.5 macro.
I have three F100. (but not F4)
I searched for a long time before settling on 24-85 f/2.8-4D. Small(ish), sharp, distortion isn't too bad for this type of lens, and reasonably priced. It's kind of chunky but not too bad.
Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?
85/1.8 (D or non-D; remember, D does nothing on the F4) The f/1.4 version is probably better but I love my f/1.8 so I'm in no rush to find out.
I agree that the 24-120 is a great lens (I own the first version). It has a lot of distortion but it's very sharp.
If you can live without AF, it's hard to go wrong with the 105/2.5.
Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.
Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?
105/2.5 AI with a K focus screen installed.
Mamiya 645 Super | Nikon F4/F100 | Minolta Maxxum 9/Dynax 7/X-700/X-500/XD7/SRT-101 | Pentax Spotmatic | Canonet QL 19 (GII) | and a whole bunch of glass
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I shot my own wedding with an F4, two rolls of TMax 400, and a 50mm f/1.8D (at the time, this was all the photo equipment I had in the world). All the shots I took were hand-held, no flash, completely candid. Out of the shots I took that day, there are a small handful that I still objectively consider "good", even though I was in my photographic infancy at the time (I'm in photographic adolescence now).
Anyway, I like a 50 mil. for hand-held, medium-to-full-length portraits. A longer focal length is probably better if you're serious about portraiture, but remember you need more room (and flash power) the longer you go. The F4's electronic rangefinder is truly awesome for manual focusing, but I actually really like its autofocus too. The AF works in suprisingly dim light, and it's impressively fast with certain lenses. I also love having just one autofocus sensor in the middle and using the AF lock to recompose--it sounds like a pain but it's quite smooth in practice.
The Tamron 28-200 f/3.8 was given to me as a gift. I was going to get rid of it because I thought I had no use for it but it surprised me. Mine was such a darn good portrait lens that I added it to my stable of portrait lenses. My personal favorite portrait lens in the stable is the 105mm f/2.8 macro.
Originally Posted by Jenni
The 24-120 has a tendency to develop zoom creep with use. The zoom slides downward when the camera is carried lens downward.
The 28-105 is nice & slightly smaller than the 24-120.
Heavily sedated for your protection.
Back when I shot 35mm, I used a 50mm ƒ/1.4 about 90% of the time. I only own two other lenses a 70-200 ƒ/2.8 VR and the 14-24 ƒ/2.8. The 70-200 gets about 8% use and the 14-24 the other 2. I bought the 14-24 a few months after it was introduced and can count on my hand the number of times I used it. I wouldn't say it was a waste of $2,000, but I really expected to use it much more than I have,
That being said, if I had to do it all over again, I'd go for the 50mm
The AF models of the 180/2.8 consist of the 'AF' or 'AF-D' versions. There isn't an 'AF-S' 180.
Originally Posted by Chris Lange
But back to the question; favorite AF portrait lens w/ ap ring is my 105/2 AF DC. Next is the 85/1.4 AF-D. Though quite long but very capable in the right hands is the 180/2.8. And for those on a budget and/or wanting a smaller but legendary lens, one cannot go wrong with the manual focus 105/2.5.