I would use the 105. If I had a 85, I would still make the 105 my first choice, the 85, second choice. Nothing else.
I agree with Ralph, The 1.8 or f2 versions are excellent portrait optics without costing silly money.
Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht
that depends on distance from your object....
...however my favorite lens for portraiture is 35mm f/1.4 nikkor...
I don't think my models would appreciate the large noses.
http://www.fstop.cz/fstop/imgrepo/2/287/lipo.jpg (2.8/28 af nikkor)
http://www.fotoaparat.cz/g/09/04/05/623895_472d1.jpg (2/28 ais nikkor)
http://www.fotoaparat.cz/g/08/12/05/592647_62fc6.jpg (2/35 ais nikkor)
http://www.volny.cz/lukas_kozesnik/s...f/kampa_md.jpg (2/35 ais nikkor)
Originally Posted by Lukas_87
This only works with pretty Czech girls. I would have to do what you did in the last picture all the time.
If you want an "environmental" portrait, a 35mm is fine; but not for a head and shoulders closeup.
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It's all about how much you have to spend. Money no object, then the 85mm 1.4 is a no - brainer, followed close by the 105mm 1.8. If you are on a budget, go for the 105mm 2.5, a truly great lens, especially the older single coated ones. The 123mm 2.8 is also very nice, available cheaply these days as 135 has fallen from favour a bit. The only problem with this lens is the size and weight.
Actually, the 100/2.8E is not a bad lens.
They are perhaps the cheapest of the ones discussed here but not bad at all.
For me it has to be the 105 f2.5 AIS, nothing can touch it.
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Oh, and btw, the 85f1.8 AI Nikkor was actually a lens that Nikon converted to AI before selling. It doesn't have the modified rear element baffle with the lens speed post. That model was just the left over non-AI lenses that Nikon couldn't sell before they introduced the AI coupling. So, they sold the lenses with the AI conversion kit preinstalled.
Originally Posted by Lukas_87
The Nikkor-H version can also be seen AI converted. Owned one in '06. Got my current 85f1.8 in 2007. It's the only lens that I've owned prior to 2008 (of my current lens selection, that is). I've owned a few 105f2.5's (and 105 Micros) as well, but prefer the 85f1.8, therefore, it is the lens that remained, even when I got rid of the 105's. Frequently, I'll go out to do some general shooting and will take the 85, even though I'm not doing portrait photography.
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The 105 f/2.5 has almost the same performance and drawbacks of the Leica Summicron 90mm, just everything happens about one stop slower:
Wonderfully sharp closed down at least one stop.
Slightly soft wide open (may be desired in portraiture).
Big and heavy!
But look at it as a way of getting a slightly slower 'Cron at a bargain price. ;-)
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