best portrait lense?
i would like to start taking more portraits and get myself started down that field. what do you think would be the best lens to use? i have a nikon D5200
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Good Day Grey:Helpful 1 17 April 2015
First, what type of portraiture are you mostly interested in doing? That answer will give some direction as what lens will suit your needs best. I am a big fan of prime lenses for portrait work. Primes will normally provide a much better image than a much more costly zoom lens at a fraction of the cost.
For your camera I would recommend the 50mm 1.8 afs for doing full length, three quarter and half length portraits. For head shots, again with your camera, the 85mm afs prime would do very nicely.
Neither of those lenses are DX lenses per se, but will work quite well on your body, giving you an effective focal length of 75mm and 128mm (which are really nice focal lengths for their stated type of portrait) respectively because of the size of your sensor.
I am not a pro, but I think a lens with an f-stop of 2.8 or lower might be the best option. It will allow for a nicely blurred background and will also allow you to take photos in a lower light situation such as weddings without having to increase the ISO sensitivity that could result in a lot of noise. Also, with a D5200 you would want a DX lense, because of the cropped sensor. There are others on here who do more portrait type photography that might disagree, let's hope they respond. :)15 April 2015