Best Zoom Lens for D700 portraits

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by jonas_mccord, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Which is the best Zoom lens for the D700 if I'm taking portraits.
     
  2. What kind or portaits? What FLs would you prefer to work with? How much background blurring do you need/want? Do you need to close-focusing?
     
  3. What's your idea of a portrait? What types of portraiture do you like and want to emulate? It's a wide open field, subject to interpretation.
    Depends on the focal range you want and working distance you prefer. I like a fast midrange zoom. Other folks might prefer a tele zoom, especially in a large studio or outdoors.
    The best no-compromise midrange zooms for the FX dSLRs would include the 24-70/2.8 AF-S and 28-70/2.8 AF-S Nikkors. On a budget, a good clean copy of the 35-70/2.8D AF-S Nikkor would do well, it was very popular among pros for several years.
    Some folks prefer something like the 80-200/2.8 or 70-200/2.8 for tight portraits. Some photographers doing headshots for entertainers have stated they use this focal range for some of their work.
     
  4. I second what Lex says.
     
  5. The 70-200 f/2.8 VR is a nice portrait lens if you have money burning a hole in your pocket. Or you can use an 85/1.8 or a 180/2.8, depending on what and how you like to shoot.
     
  6. why is it that you are seeking a zoom in particular? primes are often cheaper, usually produce better results, and they are normally lighter/smaller.
     
  7. mjt

    mjt

    The majority of portraiture I do is with the 70-200 2.8 VR
    and next in line is the 28-70 2.8.
     
  8. IMHO depending on what kind of portrait shots you want you should also consider either a 85mm. 105mm, 135mm.
     
  9. 70-200mm f/2.8G Nikkor.
    I have been encouraging Nikon to make a 50-150mm f/2.8G specifically for event , wedding and portrait shooters with FX ( 24x36mm ) format cameras like the D700 & D3 /D3X but I am unsure if they have been listening.
    (yes I know that sigma or tamron makes a 50-150mm but it is for the smaller APS-C format cameras like the D80/D300 etc. )
     
  10. Ellis, I've been hankering for an updated version of the old 50-135, which would be ideal for this purpose.
    To split the difference between the 24-70 and 70-200, mathematically speaking, would be a 41-118. Call it a 50-135/2.8 AF-S VR, and definitely count me in.
     
  11. I totally agree with this. 70mm isn't long enough and isn't wide enough when you pair a 24/28-70 with a 70/80-200 pair. So you have to have two bodies. A 50-150 would be a great range (FX & DX), and would be a nice size too.
    I have been encouraging Nikon to make a 50-150mm f/2.8G specifically for event , wedding and portrait shooters with FX ( 24x36mm ) format cameras like the D700 & D3 /D3X but I am unsure if they have been listening.​
    Please Nikon?
     
  12. Well I've been using the 70-200VR for my daughter's head shots. That's head shots - not regular portraits. She's an acting student at our local college & wants to become a stage actress. She needs head shots more than portraits.
    I've also invested in the 24-70 & the 180mm f/2.8 - - I have been considering the 85 f/1.4 or the old 135mm f/2 for this as well. Many shoot with the 105VR for this.
    I think the idea of a 50-150mm is a great one & hope Nikon listen - - that would be a great zoom as far as I'm concerned...
    Lil :)
     
  13. I purchased an 80-200 (2 ringer) 2.8 a few months ago. Portraits are coming out beautiful.
    I also have a sigma 24-70 2.8 that also does an excellent job.
     
  14. I've been using my much-liked Tamron 28-75 f/2.8AF. It's good alternative to the above mentioned Nikon mid-zoom f/2.8's. Very good bokeh and sharpness but it's a little too yellow-y in its rendering:
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    However, I'll be getting rid of that at some point and trading up to the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8AF. What I just got and really like is the Nikon 105mmf/2.5AIS. An incredible lens - sharp, great contrast, superb bokeh. KEH has several examples available. I haven't shot any human portraits but a neighbor dog kindly sat for a few pics:
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  15. I have been encouraging Nikon to make a 50-150mm f/2.8G specifically for event , wedding and portrait shooters with FX ( 24x36mm ) format cameras like the D700 & D3 /D3X but I am unsure if they have been listening.​
    Sign me up for one of these! Alternately, a 35-105mm f/2.8 will be fine. It seems that fast zooms in this range are ignored by lensmakers.
    For portraits, stage, and events, the 28-70mm f/2.8 was my favorite lens on a DX body. With the D700, I have not found an equivalent. [I knew it would be a problem, and it is.]
    At least my 105mm f/2 DC works 'properly' again. Not a zoom, as per the original post, but a killer lens for portraits and other uses.
     
  16. I like the 80-200 af-d the bokeh is pretty and the lens has beautiful color and contrast.
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