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AF-S 85 f/1.4G or AF-S 105 f/2.8 VR Micro for Portraits

briantilley

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"RE: AF-S 85 f/1.4G or AF-S 105 f/2.8 VR Micro for Portraits"

briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Sat 17-Nov-12 08:17 AM

A few thoughts from one who owns both these lenses...

For me, one of the main reasons for choosing between them is the maximum aperture - not to cope with poor lighting but to have more options for depth of field control. A secondary reason might be the quality of the out-of-focus background - again the 85mm tends to win here. Lastly, the amount of space you have available - the 85mm allows you to shoot from a little closer.

Having said all that, I tend to use the 105mm more often - that's because I usually have the space and prefer the slightly different perspective from the greater distance, and because most of my portraits are against a plain white backdrop for use in theatre programmes so the "bokeh" isn't relevant. The VR is useful too, if I'm shooting hand-held and need a slower shutter speed for any reason.

Brian
Welsh Nikonian

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