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Best portrait lens for D70
I just bought my first SLR camera ever and so I am new to this but I am quickly making sense of most of it. However, I am extremely frustrated about which portrait lens to buy. I bought the camera with the kit lens and it is nice but I know I need more. The 85mm f1.8 seems to be highly recommended but not as versatile. Honestly, most of my photographs will be of my own children. However, I plan on photographing horse shows (dark arenas with much movement) and a few weddings (indoors / reception). I'd love some advice on a lens that will meet my needs before I make the purchase...

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Peter INOVA in his excellent eBook "DSLR:Nikon D70" highly recommends very good and in his words "super cheap" lens 50mm f/1.8D which corresponds to 75mm lens in 35mm photography and being "D" lens will work nicely with D70. I will buy it to take mainly indoor pictures of my grandchildren. Another more expensive option is 50mm f/1.4D lens...

Comment #1

I have the D70, and the lens I use 85% of the time is the tele-zoom 85-300 It's very versatile, but a bit slow. The ISO I usually shoot at is 400. Please feel free to view my pics at this link>> http://community.webshots.com/user/rayzzor12..

Comment #2

I was also lookin for a portrait lens and decided to buy a used nikkor 85mm 1.8(pre-D version). While I found this a great lens with picturing quality suited to one of my main needs(shooting at open aperture to get this very narrow field of depth which I like alot for portrait as well as regular shootings), me too wanted a more versatile lens and I traded the 85 in for a Tokina 28-70 2.6-2.8. While I haven't tested this lens intensively yet, I believe it's a good alternative for the standard portrait prime lens; at least I have the ability to zoom out for full model shooting and the minimal focus distance is shorter then the nikon too. built-wise it's as good as the nikon I think...

Comment #3

I love the images my old Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AIS manual focus lens kicks.

Out... here's an image taken with my D70 and the 105mm....

Http://www.pixs.ws/gallery2/albums/Models/Lillie2688c.jpg.

Please view/comment on my models gallery by clicking on the image below.

Thanks..

Cheers,.

Darrell..

Comment #4

End 2004 I bought the Tamron 90 mm Macro 2,8 Di. Beautiful and sharp lens. Although for macro it is also very good for portraits. I photographed a 25th marriage anniversary and every shot with this lens was a hit. Really great...

Comment #5

I agree with you, I have this macro lens and is really good also for portraits.

I also have the Nikkor 70-200 VR G, is expensive, but is the speed you need to shot sports, you can see some examples in my www pages.

Http://www.niceto.tk. On the left menu go to: Concurso salto 5-03-05 and Joia 2005 to see some examples of this.

Also can see some portraits in Magdalena 2005. Is incredible sharp and fast.

If you purchased the kit with the Nikkor 10-70 I think combining both is all you need.

Hope usefull. Best Wishes from Niceto..

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