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    Quote Originally Posted by Leighgion View Post
    Another vote here for the 85mm f2 AIS. It's quite inexpensive and a good performer. Maybe not "the best" but I've never had cause to complain about mine.
    At least in Europe, I've lately seen the 105 f/2.5 and the 85 f/2.0 going for pretty simmilar prices.
    Yes, you can get a lens which might not be too awful, or go for one which is a superb lens.
    If you're looking for a lens "not to complain about", maybe a 20-300mm zoom is the right thing...

    Sorry, rant over.

    The suggestion to (also) get wider lenses for is good. A wide (or even a very wide) for environmental shots is an excellent idea.

    A visit to a library or a good bookshop where you can see how great photographers have handled various kinds of portraits could be very useful.
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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    I've lots of portraits with my Nikkor-SC Auto f/1.2 55mm. I use it mostly at 5.6

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    portrait lens

    I have an 85/2 AI and a number of 105/2.5s. If I wanted to shoot head and shoulder portraits I might use the 85. if I wanted to do more tightly cropped portraits I think I would use the 105. For me, the 105 at f/5.6 is just right for a tight portrait. At f/5.6 I don't have to worry about sharp eyes and a fuzzy nose. Some people prefer the earlier 85/1.8 Nikkor. My 85/2 seems sharp so this might be an issue of sample variation. A 35mm wide angle goes well with either an 85 or a 105. One of the 35/2.8 Nikkors should be fine. To get people at varying distances al in focus you will need to stop down so a faster lens like a 35/2 might help with focusing but would still have to be stopped down for shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pumalite View Post
    I've lots of portraits with my Nikkor-SC Auto f/1.2 55mm. I use it mostly at 5.6
    Not all portraits are 'tight crop'

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    I suggest 75/1.4 and 50/1 for the Leica

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    I use an 85mm Zeiss f1.4 for my Canon. You can purchase it for Nikon. Manual focus.

    Wonderful lens!

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    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Planar_T_.html
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    The 75/1.4 and 50/1 for the Leica are significantly out of the OP's budget.

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    Yes, sadly the exotic Leica lenses are too expensive even if they can be resold with minimal loss.
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    Perhaps consider buying used.

    I use KEH and they have been really good.
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