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LL49Wat Registered since 21st May 2004Tue 24-Jan-12 06:22 PM
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"portrait lens for D5100"


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My stand-by portrait lenses, the 85mm D lens and the 60mm D lens, won't work with the D5100. So I'm looking at the AF-S 50mm 1.4 G lens. Do any of you have experience with this lens in portraiture?

Thank you.

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Covey22 Moderator Expert in various fields including aviation photography Awarded for his contributions to the Resources and The Nikonian eZine Charter MemberTue 24-Jan-12 09:01 PM
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#1. "RE: portrait lens for D5100"
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Don't discount the new 50mm f1.8 G AFS. The aperture difference is not really a show-stopper, it's less costly and just as good a lens for portraiture - improving upon the older D's "busy" bokeh.



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LL49Wat Registered since 21st May 2004Tue 24-Jan-12 09:13 PM
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#2. "RE: portrait lens for D5100"
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Spartanburg, US
          

Looked up the 1.8. Look's interesting and, as you said, less expensive. Do you have any pics with this lens?
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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Tue 24-Jan-12 11:06 PM
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#3. "RE: portrait lens for D5100"
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If you like the 60/f2.8 AFD you should also consider the 60/f2.8 AFS - it is significantly improved in the optics department, and of coruse as an AFS lens it also will AF on all of the bodies. Nikon must think well of this lens as they used it for portraits on the D3x launch sample images. Note also that there is a new 85/f1.8 AFS, just announced this month. No results on it just yet but considering that the 85/f1.8 optical formula hadn't changed since 1987, it seems reasonable to expect that the new AFS should be an improvement. The 85, of course, is specifically designed as a portrait lens.

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Covey22 Moderator Expert in various fields including aviation photography Awarded for his contributions to the Resources and The Nikonian eZine Charter MemberWed 25-Jan-12 03:04 AM
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#4. "RE: portrait lens for D5100"
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I do not, but please see the analysis and sample images pages (2& 3) of the review at Photzone.de.

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Daveecopping Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Jan 2011Wed 25-Jan-12 11:45 AM
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#5. "RE: portrait lens for D5100"
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You learn something new every day from these forums. A Nikkor 50mm 1.8D won't auto focus on my D5100 but it WILL auto focus on my D700. Can anyone answer this conundrum, please?

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LL49Wat Registered since 21st May 2004Wed 25-Jan-12 01:19 PM
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#6. "RE: portrait lens for D5100"
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The D lens does not have the built in motor that the AFS has.

It can get a bit confusing; when I first got my D5100 I thought It was broken because I put the wrong lens on it. That is why I use the compatibility charts that the Nikonians put together to help me when I think that I am purchasing a new lens.

I have used the D lens on the 5100 using manual focus, but my eyes aren't as good as they used to be, so I don't want to rely on MF when shooting portraits with the D5100.

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Covey22 Moderator Expert in various fields including aviation photography Awarded for his contributions to the Resources and The Nikonian eZine Charter MemberWed 25-Jan-12 01:23 PM
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#7. "RE: portrait lens for D5100"
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Dave - short answer; starting with the D40 series, Nikon designed a lighter weight and smaller tier of cameras appealing to entry-level users and those moving up from compacts digitals. One of the design decisions was to remove the shaft-drive capability; that disabled focusing compatibility with older AF and AF-D lenses.

This also paved the way for Nikon to introduce lighter weight Silent Wave lenses starting with the 18-55 and the 55-200. Although those Silent Wave motors are really micro-motors and not true ring-drive Silent Wave, they work just fine for the intended audience. For current models, the only ones that have fully AF and AF-D compatibility start from the D7000 onwards.

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LL49Wat Registered since 21st May 2004Wed 25-Jan-12 02:22 PM
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#8. "RE: portrait lens for D5100"
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One reason that I was looking at the 50mm was the lower price, and the fact that just as a 35mm DX covers what a regular 50mm covers on an Fx, a 50mm DX would cover what a regular 80mm would cover--more or less.

Hmm, that is a poor explanation even to my ears. I just don''t have the technical vocabulary to express myself the way that I would like to. Anyway, I wanted to keep my lens kit fairly small and portable for the D5100. I usually carry only one or two lenses, depending on what I'm shooting on a particular day. I have the 18-55 mm Nikon, the 35mm Nikon DX, a 28-270 mm zoom already. So I was thinking the 50 might be nice for soft, lower light portraiture.

When I do more formal portraiture, I use the D90 and the 60mm D or the 85mmD or even the 105D....


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Daveecopping Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Jan 2011Wed 25-Jan-12 02:43 PM
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#9. "RE: portrait lens for D5100"
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Lynn and Armando, thank you for today's enlightenment. Lynn, I know what you mean about eyesight. My all-time favourite Nikon was a F301, but even if I had laser treatment, I doubt if I could focus it now. Contact lenses are a help, but one day I know I will have to buy one of those optical aids that attach to the viewfinder.

Warm regards to everyone,

Dave

  

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Wed 25-Jan-12 11:30 PM
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#10. "RE: portrait lens for D5100"
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Richmond, US
          

Guess I wasn't too clear either. I meant to sell your 60/f2.8 AFD and replace it with the 60/f2.8 AFS.

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LL49Wat Registered since 21st May 2004Thu 26-Jan-12 01:42 AM
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#11. "RE: portrait lens for D5100"
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Ahhh.....I'm a little slow today.

As a matter of fact, I went to buy the AFS 50mm 1.8 today. The store couldn't find the one that was advertised, so I'm on the waiting list for the next shipment now. I looked at the AFS 60mm 2.8. I guess that I could replace it; never even occurred to me.


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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Thu 26-Jan-12 08:04 AM
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#12. "RE: portrait lens for D5100"
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:-)

And you could also replace your 85/f1.8 AFD with the new 85/f1.8 AFS, leaving you with pretty much the same lenses, but working on both cameras. And I think you'll notice the difference between the 60/f2.8's, even though the AFD isn't bad. (The AFS version is superb.)

But a 50/f1.8 AFS is also a reasonable solution. (And - LOL - you could do all of the above!!! Ah, NAS... )

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