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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Looking for a good prime lens.


Nikon 105mm 2.8 or Sigma 70-200 none OS...could be my pick,any suggestions camera folks, portraits, weddings, parties, is my thing! Please help.


Jun 11, 2013 at 09:18 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Looking for a good prime lens.


85 1.8G, or 1.4 better, classic portrait lens.

And, um, not to belabor the obvious but a 70-200 is not a prime, it's a zoom.



Jun 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Looking for a good prime lens.


85 1.8G or Sigma 35 1.4 (for wider)!! Tops - Unless you want to go Zeiss manual focus - way above both - in IQ and $


Jun 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Looking for a good prime lens.


Got lots of Nikkor primes, both AF and MF in all lengths.

A 50mm on DX is a great portrait lens. Can't beat the 85mm f/1.4 on FX and there are some classic MF lenses in the 105 - 135 range as well.



Jun 12, 2013 at 01:06 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Looking for a good prime lens.


The 85mm F1.8G is really nice.


Jun 12, 2013 at 03:58 PM
 

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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Looking for a good prime lens.


For the 4th time......85 1.8G!


Jun 12, 2013 at 04:53 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Looking for a good prime lens.


I shoot about 6-8 weddings per year, and just can't imagine doing one without a 70-200mm f2.8 zoom. The LAST thing I want to be doing is changing lenses. BTW, the best 85mm f1.4 is the Sigma. No way I'd pick that over a 70-200mm f2.8 for a wedding though.


Kent in SD



Jun 13, 2013 at 03:18 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Looking for a good prime lens.


+1 to Sigma 85 1.4 & Sigma 35 1.4... The 85 1.8g is no slouch either.


Jun 13, 2013 at 09:40 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Looking for a good prime lens.


The Sigma 85/1.4 is amazing for the price. So is the older Nikon 85/1.4 AFD. The newer Nikon 85/1.8 G is also an excellent lens.

If you want a wide prime, the older Sigma 24/1.8 was a lot of fun in my kit. Not as sharp as the Nikon 24/1.4 wide open, but about 1/5th of the price!

I could shoot a whole wedding on just a pair of D700 bodies, a pair of SB-900 flashes, the Sigma 24/1.8 and the Nikon 85/1.4 AFD.

The 70-200/2.8 VR1 was also a must-have lens for weddings, and fantastic for portraits and corporate events, and though it was very flexible, it's only f/2.8 in low light, and it's much much bigger & heavier than any 85/1.4, 105 f/2 DC or f/2.8 AFS VR, or 135 f/2 DC.

The Nikon 105/2.8 VR Micro was a good lens in my kit too - it had a very different (almost dream-like) way of drawing a scene that stood out next to any 85/1.4 or 70-200/2.8 I've ever used, and Macro always came in handy for things like ring shots, table settings, etc at a wedding... but for some subjects (i.e. women of ANY age, or guys who are self-conscious about wrinkles, acne, or every single skin pore showing up in the shot), it proved to be TOO sharp, especially on high contrast subjects like folks with freckles. Be ready to use a lot of adjustment layers in Photoshop to soften the image for picky clients!



Jun 13, 2013 at 09:43 PM





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