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Old 11-29-2005, 09:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently got a D70,and 2 lenses,1 is a Sigma 70-300mmD Super Macro,1:4-5.6 DG,and the other is a (came with the camera) Nikkor AF 28-100mm 1:3.5-5.6 G,what would be a good Portrait lens for this camera,I really dont think either of these would cepting maybe the Nikkor? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] ,and by the way I have NO clue as to what the letter or letters mean (e.g. G,nor DG).....
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Re: Nikon D70 Portait lens
Old 11-29-2005, 09:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would go with the 28-100 indoors and the 70-300 outdoors...
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Re: Nikon D70 Portait lens
Old 11-29-2005, 10:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I recently got a D70,and 2 lenses,1 is a Sigma 70-300mmD Super Macro,1:4-5.6 DG,and the other is a (came with the camera) Nikkor AF 28-100mm 1:3.5-5.6 G,what would be a good Portrait lens for this camera,I really dont think either of these would cepting maybe the Nikkor? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] ,and by the way I have NO clue as to what the letter or letters mean (e.g. G,nor DG).....

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Here's a good reference site for what all the letters mean (at least on the Nikkor lenses) Nikkor Lens Reference

I shoot a D70 and can honestly say that to get the best out of this body, you really need to hang good glass in front of the sensor. I've shot with all of the following with noted results:

These are all Nikkor lenses:
50mm f/1.8D - not bad for a $99 prime, limited compression capability
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AFS - the 'kit' lens. It's OK but I found it soft where I needed it most between 50 & 70mm
24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AFS - better than the kit lens between 50-70mm plus the extra 15mm gives better compression
80-200mm f/2.8D ED AFS - first 'pro' glass. Super lens, but it's a tank
70-200mm f/2.8G VR ED AFS - traded up from the 80-200mm. Finest glass I own
28-70mm f/2.8D ED AFS - another superb lens I use 60% of the time. Paired with the 70-200mm, it's really all I need.

You can check my portfolio for samples of all these shot with the D70...
28-70mm f/2.8

70-200mm f/2.8

80-200mm f/2.8

I anxiously await my D200 to be released!
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Re: Nikon D70 Portait lens
Old 11-29-2005, 10:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I also have the nikon D70 and a nikon 80-200 2.8 and 28-70 2.8....really like the camera...love the lenses and also eagerly await the D200!!!
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Re: Nikon D70 Portait lens
Old 11-30-2005, 01:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Greetings! The 18-70 Nikkor sold in kit form is a fairly decent lens. Scott mentioned the lens sharpness was subpar, however, for portraiture, especially closeups, the softness in the image may be to your advantage and liking. Besides, the price is reasonable and wont break the bank. If cost is no object, try the 17-55 F2.8 AF-S zoom Nikkor. Sharp, contrasty, fast, heavy, expensive and uses the 77mm filter thread. There's also the 85mm F1.4 that's really for portraiture and very likely the lens you'd use for a head & shoulders portrait. This lens has been around for a while so you may be able to pick up a decent slightly used one for far less than new. This photo was taken with the 18-70 zoom Nikkor kit lens

This one with the 85mm F1.4 Nikkor AI-S Manual lens
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Re: Nikon D70 Portait lens
Old 11-30-2005, 02:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Joey,

How'd you get that green bikini to stand out so much? It doesn't seem like a whole lot of light is hitting her, is the bikini just naturally that bright?

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Re: Nikon D70 Portait lens
Old 11-30-2005, 12:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have borrowed my sisters nikon 18-70 many times. Even though I cherish my fast fixed aperature lenses, I have never been disappointed with its performance....it's very sharp, actually sharper at the edges on my D70 than my prime lenses.
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Re: Nikon D70 Portait lens
Old 11-30-2005, 08:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks, I added it to my faves,cant read it now, getting ready for a trip to New York City this weekend...
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Old 11-30-2005, 09:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I just got a Tamron 28-75 2.8 DI lens
it was around $ 400 with a $30 rebate might still be offering it

you said you thought the nikon you got would be better than the sigma
But if you zoom hte variable nikon out to so 70-80 the aperature would be close to the 5.6 wouldn't it ?

the sigma starts at 70 at f4 ? MIGHT be a better portrait lens of the two !
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Old 12-01-2005, 12:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The material is rather shiny and neonish to begin with. Then, you throw in a little curves, color selection and distortion, and ta da!! NEON, baby, NEON!! On print it doesn't come through this way. It's all of the compression going on from the fairly large tif file, I would think.
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