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    No problem what so ever. Head and head shoulder shots 70/200 2.8 VR, Head to waist 100 to 135. Full length 85 1.4. The 70/200 is my most used and versatile lens. If it's mature women portraits or babies I go with the 28/105 D as it's a bit, just a hair softer.

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    Zeiss Sonnar 135/1.8 and Planar 85/1.4, with AF for Minolta bodies. The latter is also available in an older manual version for other mounts.
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    I loved my 100mm Zeiss for my 35mm Contax. Yes, it was sharp and showed every flaw in women of a certain age. I just used a soft filter on the lens when I wanted to smooth skin.

    If I were you I would keep the 105mm Nikkor and buy a couple soft filters to use when needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    No problem whatever. 105mm/f2.5 Nikkor P. The sharpness is not a problem, I also use a 16 1/2" Artar for a LF portrait lens. You can make a sharp photo soft, but you cannot do the reverse.
    That's my pick. It lives on my F6.

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    Cosina makes an expensive one in that range--85mm-105mm--in Nikon mount, but I don't know much about its performance.

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    A portrait lens? Shooting portraits with a 35mm, I have, over the years, shot with just about everything from 24mm to 180mm. While my personal preference would be one of the 85/105/135 Nikkors (very sharp, flattering perspective, etc.), the subject's personality and/or the environment will often suggest otherwise...
    An assortment of F-series Nikons (F to F6, excluding the F4) with quite a few Nikkors, a pair of M6s with some Leitz glass, a pair of 500c/ms with a wide range of Zeiss optics and, just to help keep Duracell solvent, a D800.

    Favourite films: (1). KE ("Kodachrome Era"): 35mm: PKM25 and PKR64, HP5/Tri-X; 120: PKR64, PanF, FP4. (2). PKE ("Post-Kodachrome Era"): (a) 35mm: E100G, HP5 Plus/Tri-X and Delta 3200; (b) 120: E100G, PanF Plus, FP4 Plus, TMax 100.

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    I use a 105 2.5 and a 180 2.8. Wide open the 180 is really nice.

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    i don't use a nikon with film but pentax, leica and olympus (half)
    and i use everything from a 28mm - 135mm to make portraits.
    pretty much any lens can be used as a portrait lens depending on
    the type of "portrait" being made ... stopped down wide open .. &c
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    I've always preferred the 100mm range for 35mm portraits, and currently I'm using the 105mm f1.8 AIS lens. A little soft and flat wide open, but that's what I'm looking for in a portrait lens.
    —Eric

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    Maybe it's just me- but, I prefer the portraits with less fussy backgrounds; if too fussy a background, I'd rather take that out of the equation, by moving around , light changes, etc.,.

    The first photo looks more flattering *possibly* cos of wayy more light? I actually find the middle photographs better to look at, but hey, ymmv. Or maybe just your preferred model! :-P

    On my Nikons I prefer the 135mm if I want good enough bokeh and to be at a distance to subject, I have also shot with 35mm and 50mm depending on what I needed. I suppose you've to decide what you like and go with it.

    I have a 105 f2.8 e and I find it ridiculously bad to use. Maybe it's just my copy.

    Quote Originally Posted by momus View Post
    I have examples. These I like. The first is w/ a Leica R 90 Elmarit, the next three are w/ the 85 2.0. I'm warming up to the 85 2.0. Maybe I just had some flat light on the first roll yesterday. I looked at some old photos from the 105 2.5's I owned (the old design seems razor sharp!) and I did notice that I was able to just get the front of the face in focus, but wow, it's too sharp for my tastes. The last one shows the occasional weird bokeh w/ the 85 2.0.

    Perhaps I don't need another lens, I just need another model like the first gal :}


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