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    Portrait lens for Nikon FM ?

    Hi all ... I'm looking for a general purpose fixed focal length portrait lens to use with my Nikon FM. I want to work at a reasonable distance from my subject (at least 8ft). Selective focus ability and nice bokeh are important because I anticipate having to work in varied locations with the possibility of distracting backgrounds. My preferred composition for portraits seems to be head and shoulders. Any ideas?
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    I would recommend the 85mm f1.8 AIs Nikkor, it's a killer portrait lens.
    Last edited by benjiboy; 12-26-2009 at 05:19 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Or the 85/1.4 AIS?
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    I dont own any Nikon schtuff, but any fixed 95mm-105mm will work. My preferred focal length for portraits is a 100mm, it gets you just far enough away from the subject to avoid distortion, but stay close enough to still be intimate.

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    The 85/1.4 is an excellent lens, but it might be a bit short for your needs.
    Have you tried the 105/2.5 or 105/1.8? I would say that any of these would be a perfect choice.
    The 105/2.5 is one of the really classic SLR lenses and easy to find.

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    I love my 105mm f1.8...
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    The 135mm f2.8 Nikkor has been my favorite for 40 years. I'm on my second one. I chose it over the 105 because it has an integral sliding lens shade. Never pops off and is impossible to lose. It is sharp with nice bokeh.-Dick

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    My 105 has a sliding lens shade too...
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    The 105/2 DC would be very handy for what you describe.

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    while the 85 1.4 is a great lens and extremely sharp, I agree with others suggesting the 105. I have a 2.5 but I'd think any iteration is gonna be good.

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