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DX Portrait/ Close-up Lens?

Niko_Mech

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Niko_Mech Registered since 05th Nov 2013
Tue 05-Nov-13 06:20 PM

Hi, I’ve been shooting with my D3000 for several years now and I think it is time to reexamine my setup. I’m about to upgrade to a D3100/3200 or D5100, mainly for video and better high ISO performance. I’m not sure which direction I’ll go, but this isn’t my main concern.

I currently have the kit 18-55 VR, the 55-200 VR and the 35/1.8. So far, 98%+ of my photos are with the 35/1.8. This is because I prefer to zoom with my feet, I like an unobtrusive look and I usually shoot in low light (often indoors). I’m relatively happy with the landscapes I’m getting, but not so much with the portraits and close-up shots. Therefore, I think it is time to buy a second prime lens in the 60-85 mm range.

I’ve discounted the AF-S 50/1.8 because I think it is too close to 35 mm. So, the three lenses I’m thinking about are the Tamron 60/2 macro, the 60/2.8 micro and the AF-S 85/1.8. Overall, I’m looking for a portrait and general purpose lens. I’ve never shot macro before, but I think it is something I’d like to try. Also, I’ve discounted the 85/3.5 micro since I want to keep the possibility of moving to full frame in the (distant) future.

Most of my photography can be put into three categories: landscapes, portraits and detail shots of tools/machinery. As such, I’d like this lens to cover both the close-up and portrait areas.

Does anyone have any thoughts on the matter?

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