Practical options for next lens purchase.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Al B, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. Al B macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2008
    I have a D90 and two lenses: 18-105mm 3.5-5.6 and 70-300mm 4.5-5.6. In respect to portraits, what type of lens might I want to consider for my next purchase?
  2. object88 macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2008
    Off the top of my head, the $100 50mm prime.
  3. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    You have two lenses that cover the portrait range from full body to head only, I'd suggest lighting instead of a new lens.

  4. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008

    well, actually, you could just use the 18-105 for all your portraits.
  5. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Agreed. One you can use in low light (f1.8 or less).
  6. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    What level of portrait experience do you have?
    Do you know how to light a portrait shot?
    Do you own any off camera lighting?
    Do you mean single subject portraits, full length, head and shoulders, groups?
    Indoor/studio or outdoor?

    The answers to these questions will point out that "portrait" photography is about the desired look. Perspective is probably the most important quality, but you have the right focal lengths covered already. You lack the ability to isolate the subject from the background as you have slow kit glass, but if you're shooting indoor/studio that won't matter because most strobe work is done F8 anyway.

    Think more, it's not as simple as "what lens". If you have limited experience with potraits I wouldn't buy any glass at all - make sure you have lighting down first, even if it's some reflectors only.

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