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Sharpest Prime Lens For Nikon D70
Old 12-20-2004, 05:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All wanted to know which glass people are using for glamour and portrait work with the d70 and its 1.5 magnification factor. I have the kit lens(18-70) which im using for portrait work at the moment but im unhappy with the sharpness compared to some of the pictures i see on here. I also have the Micro Nikkor 105mm but the working distance is too far for my taste as this becomes 157.5mm, it gives a good angle of view with nice tight cropping and its nice and sharp but the focussing on objects not at macro distances is a bit of a pain. What i would like is something that lets me work closer than the micro nikkor but gives excellent sharpness.
 
 
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Old 12-20-2004, 10:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well for Nikkor primes you have 50, 55, 60 and 85, all of which should be very sharp. The choice would depend on whether you are doing facial portraits or whole body shots. Of course you could tell from how you use your 18-70 as to which focal length might help you. Another advantage is that most of these primes have larger maximum apertures which will throw the background more out of focus for that type of effect such as shooting outdoors.

Actually I have not heard of sharpness problems with the "kit" lens despite its low price. Maybe you have a bad lens or there is a focus problem between your body and your lens.
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Old 12-20-2004, 10:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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the nikkor 50mm 1.8 and 1.4 D models are of legendary sharpness as is the 85mm 1.8D and non-D AFS. I am replacing all of my zooms with primes with the exception of my 80-200 EDIF 2.8D. I made an earlier mistake of purchasing zooms when I went digital for versatility purposes and was terrible dissapointed with the lack of resolution. I won't be buying it, but the 105 2.0 is also a legend. Hope this helps...

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Old 12-20-2004, 11:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 prime on my D70, and I absolutely love it.

I do however notice a very slight jump in image sharpness between wide open at f/1.8, and stopped down to f/2.8, which thus far seems to be the optimal "open to sharp ratio" aperture.

At about $100, it just can't be beat!

Review: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/5018daf.htm
 
 
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Greetings! I think you should review the PhotoTips Black Scarf article. Having a sharp lens for glamour/portrait isn't neccessarily a good thing unless you wnat to spend your time cleaning up less than stellar baby smooth skin. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
Shot w/ Nikkor 85mm 1.4 AIS
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Thanks all as always excellent replys i think i shall get myself on ebay and see what i can get.

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I use the 105 for my headshot lens. Nice and crisp! I also have the 50 1.4D and like it. I have wanted to buy the 85 1.4 (or is it 1.8?) If you feel like the 105 is too much, try the 85. Actually, I like the fact that I can step away from my subject -- that way you're not in their face when it's REALLY tight.

Bob

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Something from the 50:
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Old 12-20-2004, 07:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Unfortunately the 1.5 repro factor makes things tough. I love shooting people. My main concern is, and always has been limiting depth of field for subject isolation. The rule of thumb for portrait photography: Use a lense 2X the mormal focal length for head and shoulder portraits. The normal for 35mm photography would be 100mm since a 50 is considered the normal. with the 1.5 factor of the D70 you'd probably want to use a minimum focal length of 70mm. This translates to a 105mm. Understand this, distortion will occure with shorter lenses as you get closer to the subject. There is a distance of 6-8 inches from the nose to the ear. This distance will become exagerated when using to short of a lense. Your 18-70mm lenses has the 70mm(105) you are looking for. I own this lens myself and am very happy with it's ability.

I've discovered that most digital images, in fact all my images aren't what they should be until I've sharpened them, etc. in Photoshop.

My favorite lens for people, etc is the 80-200.

Best wishes for success.

The best lens is the lens that represents the effect you invisioned. I like shallow deep of field for subject isolation. Therefore a majority of my work is performed with long lenses at wide open apertures.

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