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    Portrait lens for Nikon

    I'm going to buy new lens for my FM3a, mechanical, without AF, something around 105 mm. any advice? thanks. JK

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    The 105mm f/2.5 is the ticket, I would say. Legendary lens and for good reason. If you want something a little faster and can swing a little more (though still not tons on the used market), there's also the 105mm f/1.8. I've owned the f/2.5 version and played with the f/1.8 version. Had I the cash, I'd probably go for the f/1.8. Either one is a solid choice, though.

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    second the 105. It is one of my favorites.

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    I don't know if they still make it, but there use to be a wicked 85mm Nikkor lens that was super for people pics.
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    Agree about the Nikkor 105mm, used it for he past 25 years with good reward. Also use the Nikkor 180mm f 2.8 which is just as rewarding for certain types of portraiture.

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    thank for your opinions. It looks Nikkor 105 is winner. I have to check second hands, these 85 or 180 version could be interesting not only for portrait pictures. jk

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    I have a 85/2 and two 105/2.5's (one with inbuilt hood, and one without)

    the 85/2 gets a bad rap sometimes but it seems sharp enough for me (in the same league as the 105) when stopped down a little (f4 - f5.6)

    If you're working inside, the amount of room you have versus how much of the person you want to capture (headshot, upper boddy) and how close you are comfortable working all weigh into which one to pick. IMO of course!

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    Nikon has many excellent lens for this kind of subject, the 85, 105, 135 and
    180mm focal lengths all are superb but the 105mm f/2.5 has the best size,
    wheight and performance relationship followed by the 85mm f/2, or the
    135mm f/3.5 in my opinion. I love, also, the old 85mm f/1.8, the 135mm f/2.8 and
    the 180mm f/2.5 but they are bulkier and not so "portable" like the first ones.

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    Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AIS has my vote. Tack sharp and dual purpose. I use a yellow-green filter for hiding blemishes. If you want to do color portraiture, you may want to use a soft filter (I never have and do not know anything about them).
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    Thank all for your advices. JK

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