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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole McGrade
    Thanks Dave, budget's still a bit tight though. So have to look at my best options on a small budget for now.
    A used Carl Zeiss 150 mm for your Hassy is my recommendation.

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    Dave, I have the
    Nikon F90X with Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens
    Nikon D70 with Nikon 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 lens (can't be used on 35mm camera)
    Hasselblad 501c/m with 80mm 2.8 planar lens

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole McGrade
    Dave, I have the
    Nikon F90X with Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens
    Nikon D70 with Nikon 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 lens (can't be used on 35mm camera)
    Hasselblad 501c/m with 80mm 2.8 planar lens
    Morten, that would be wonderful. Autofocus though? I need AF with the littlies!

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    I would agree on the Carl Zeiss 150, talk about a great lens.

    Now adays, both Sigma and Tamron offer good quality zooms that work great for people work, I know sacrilage, non-nikon on a nikon camera, but have found both of the zooms to be good for people, and for the zoom ranges they work very good.

    Dave

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    How much is the CZ 150 these days? But it doesn't come in AF, does it?

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    'I'm currently tossing up between the one of these:
    Nikon 85mm 1.8
    Nikon 85mm 2.8
    Sigma EX 105mm 2.8

    Has anyone used any of these?'


    Nicole,

    I've used two of them, but not the Sigma.

    The Nikon 85/1.8 is one of my favourite lenses for portraits (opinion limited to the lens versions I've tried) . I had an 85/1.4 for a while, but preferred the 1.8 so much that I sold the 1.4.

    The 85/2.8 is a 'preset diaphragm' lens - but that isn't a big drawback. It's a very fine lens - one of the best - but unless there was a specific need for it (ie close-up, shift and tilt) I wouldn't use it for general use. While I use my 28/2.8 PC Super Angulon (also manual diaphragm) as a general purpose lens in daylight, I wouldn't consider the 85 mm PC Micro-Nikkor in place of the 85/1.8 - it's about twice the weight and a bit slower to operate. There's a small difference in price as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole McGrade
    How much is the CZ 150 these days? But it doesn't come in AF, does it?
    Nope...But go for a lens for the D70 and the F90X. There are a lot of good lenses that are usable on both cams with well-working autofocus.

    Try both Nikkor as well as the non-nikkors (Sigma (which I like!), Tamron and Tokina, et.al)

    Morten

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    Hmm, just been looking at the Nikon 105mm f2/D AF DC Nikkor lens, which has raving reviews. Has anyone used this one before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole McGrade
    Hmm, just been looking at the Nikon 105mm f2/D AF DC Nikkor lens, which has raving reviews. Has anyone used this one before?
    Well, I just found the price on this little number - NOT an option!

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    Once again, Dave Parker and I seem to be on the same page.

    I like a 35-105/2.8 constant aperture zoom in 35mm for shooting at events. It's the only zoom I own, and I have a lot of lenses. The downside of such a lens is barrel/pincushion distortion at the ends of the range, but I'm not using it for copy work or architecture. The amount of distortion on these tele-wide zooms increases as the zoom range increases, so I personally wouldn't go for a wider range than 35-105, though there are lenses like that out there. You can't always stand in the ideal place when you're in a room full of people going from shots of one to three to a whole table to one across the room. This is where a zoom is really handy, and it's more important to fill the frame in 35mm than it is in MF or LF.

    A prime lens in the 85 to 105mm range is great for more formal studio portraits with 35mm. A normal or slightly wide lens is better for full length portraits or environmental portraits, where you want to show someone's surroundings.

    For 6x6 portraits of this sort, I'd usually use a 135mm lens and a 15mm extension tube. Something in 120mm to 180mm range would be the usual choice.
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