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    I have the 85mm f1.4 and really love it. If you can handle the expense and bulk, you should try one out.

    That said, I would also consider a slower 85mm. f1.4 is useful in available-light situations, but depth of field under 10 ft is very shallow. Having eyes sharp and nose blurry isn't often what people want. If you're doing studio-type portraiture where light will always be available, I don't think the extra stop or half-stop is worth it.
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    My first additional lens in 1971 for my F was a 105. Sharpest of the bunch. Almost legendary. Shot ballet with it yesterday.

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    I would recommend anything in the range 80 to 105mm. Anything longer like the 135 will cause too much flattening of facial features.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John L
    I have the 85mm f1.4 and really love it. If you can handle the expense and bulk, you should try one out.

    That said, I would also consider a slower 85mm. f1.4 is useful in available-light situations, but depth of field under 10 ft is very shallow. Having eyes sharp and nose blurry isn't often what people want. If you're doing studio-type portraiture where light will always be available, I don't think the extra stop or half-stop is worth it.
    In close, I find that even 1.8 is a bit too open. Could be just that I am lame at focusing!

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juraj Kovacik
    I'm going to buy new lens for my FM3a, mechanical, without AF, something around 105 mm. any advice? thanks. JK
    Another vote for the 1:2.5/105mm AIS Nikkor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juraj Kovacik
    I'm going to buy new lens for my FM3a, mechanical, without AF, something around 105 mm. any advice? thanks. JK
    Here are the Nikon lenses I use for 35mm portrait work:

    28mm for large group portrait

    35mm f/2 for environmental portrait or small group portrait

    Normal lens for full-length portrait

    85mm f/1.8 for half-length or for head & shoulder portrait

    105mm f/2.5 for head & shoulder or for head shot

    105mm f/2.8 macro with soft focus filter for head & shoulder or for head shot or for close-ups of body parts

    180mm f/2.8 with extension tube for head shot or for tight face shot

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