Hi Nikonians Am new here, but you all seem a very helpful group. My question is - I recently moved to dSLR from film rangefinders and SLR (no transferable lenses). I am using my d5000 with the 18-55 and 35mm prime (i do mainly street photos), and the quality is superb. Am so glad I made the jump - it is a very good size for this kind of shooting. SO - I would like a longer lens, for available light portraits/candid portraits/longer street shots. However there seems to be a bit of a gap here. I would prefer a fast-ish prime around 60-100mm. Would the 60mm 3.5 be OK for this kind of shot, or require too much lighting? If not, how feasible is it to use a MF 85mm on the d5000 - no experience of MF on something this sharp, although all my previous cameras have been MF. Or am I just better off getting a zoom lens as a compromise cos the lens I want doesn't exist... Am just a hobby photographer, so lens prices over about £500 would be out of my league I'm afraid, Any advice would be hugely appreciated
#1. "RE: Portrait lens for d5000 - advice appreciated." In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians! I am not sure of the prices in the UK however here are a few choices that should be somewhere in the price range you are looking for: 1. The Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G AF-S Micro 2. Tamron SP 60mm f/2 Di II Macro 3. Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro II 4. Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED AF-S VR II DX Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#3. "RE: Portrait lens for d5000 - advice appreciated." In response to Reply # 2
No! I have never tried either Tamron lens but have read that others here are very happy with their performance. All of the Macro lenses available by; Nikon, Ziess, Sigma, Tamron, and Tokena are very sharp so you should have no issues with any of them. If you want more specific answers from members that own one of the Tamron lenses post a question in the 3rd Party Autofocus Lenses forum. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!