#2. "RE: Wide angle lens advice" In response to Reply # 0
Jersey City, US
I am sure a longer term photographer with more experience will chime in, but for me wide angle and portraits would not really work.
How much of the person / object are you taking a portrait of? If it's just the face or upper body + head, you'll probably be to close and get lots of distortion.
I've taken some face shots like that of my daughter age 7, and her nose was so big in proportion to the rest of the face.
That was with about a 20mm lens.
The D5200 is an APS-C sized sensor so there is a crop factor to convert the focal length to a 35mm equivalent of 1.5x.
with that in mind the DX 35m f1.8G lens has a field of view about the same as a 50mm Full Frame (52.5mm actually). This puts it at the low end of what is considered a reasonable portrait range. It is also a very well thought of lens by most.
A 50mm lens has an equivalent field of view of 75mm, which is close to the 85mm Field of view that a lot of people use for portraits. On the D5200 you would need either the f1.8G or the f1.4G lens if you wanted autofocus.
The new 58mm would have an 87mm equivalent Field of View, but it's way more money.
#3. "RE: Wide angle lens advice" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians!
Wide angle lenses are generally not flattering to the human form.
Traditional portrait focal length for 35mm format is between about 70mm and 180mm. On a DX body: focal lengths from about 50mm - 120mm would provide the equivalent FOV (Field of View). That said, nothing is written in stone. Some use 35mm - 300mm+ on DX bodies and others use 50mm - 300mm+ on an FX bodies.
I would recommend shooting portraits your kit lens set to different focal lengths and see what focal length works best for your particular requirements.
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#5. "RE: Wide angle lens advice" In response to Reply # 0 Fri 28-Mar-14 07:00 AM by sl01
How wide do you need? If you are not sure and you have a zoom lens, check exif from your (not cropped) photos which focal length you like most.
Words "wide" and "portrait" usually don't seat together, unless you make "progressive" portraits. In my opinion, the widest eventually "portrait" lens, which autofocuses with D5200, is very good and not too expensive: Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1,8 G DX . Regards S.
#7. "RE: Wide angle lens advice" In response to Reply # 0
On my D5200 I shoot the 35mm f/1.8 of the 50mm f/1.8. I have zooms too but I don't favor them as much at least for portraits. You can get shallow depth of field and a nice background. With longer lenses the background blurs fine but there isn't anything to it after the depth compression. The wider aperture allows a lot more freedom to make even old people look good. I proper soft focus can be kinder with sharp eyes. These are both about $200 or less.
At wider than 35mm you have to get "in your face" close. Forget flash then and the distortion gets bad plus fast lenses get expensive in a really wide. You can do cool stuff like that but it's not what a traditional portrait is like.
Right now I'm loving the 50mm for people. I'v also got a new Lensbaby f/2.0 80mm that straight on is nice glass. It's harder to shoot as it's all manual plus no light meter (true for all Lensbaby for all Nikon D3xxx and D5xxx cameras). They work but you have to work harder.
The 35mm and 50mm are just flat out fun lenses for portraits or otherwise and you can't get the nicest Nikon glass cheaper than either of these. They both come in a f/1.4 but you'll pay many times more. The 50mm in an f/1.2 is total manual. Nikon makes a 40mm, 60mm, as well as an 85mm. all these could be candidates but they all cost a lot more and you need to feel certain about any of those and perhaps for other reasons too.
#9. "RE: Wide angle lens advice" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians. On my D5300 I would not use anything wider than 35mm for portraits due to the factors mentioned by posters above. All correct in my opinion. Distortion of peoples faces is not a good thing to have. I use Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 for portraits as they both give wonderful subject isolation from the background and no noticeable distortion. The 50mm is not very expensive and is a really nice lens on the D5300.