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Macro lens for portraits

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4 years 2 months ago #2934 by Mark
I've been considering a 100mm macro lens that I can use for portraits. Is this a good choice, or should I use a non-macro lens?

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4 years 2 months ago #2936 by Bill
The first thing that came to mind was if your going to use it on a crop frame sensor. If it's a crop frame your looking at the equivalence of 150mm or so lens. I see a lot of people going with an 85mm for that reason.
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4 years 2 months ago #2940 by Erik Ballew
100mm is 100mm, the Macro just means it can focus pretty close to the subject for high detail shots. In short the lens would work fine as a portrait lens, just doesn't have the versatility of the 70-200. It's all about give and take, nothing is optimal for everything.
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4 years 2 months ago #2962 by Mistery
I own the 105mm Macro and love using it for portraits if the space allows for it. I find it sharper than the 70-200mm that I love using as well, but with focal lengths being the same the 105 will give better pictures than the 70-200 at the same focal length.

Plus another benifet is the bokeh is a lot better as well.

D800 w/grip, D700 w/grip,V1,14-24mm F/2.8, 24-70mm F/2.8, 70-200mm F/2.8, 200-400mm F/4, 105mm,F/2.8,35mm F/1.4,35mm F/1.8, 85mm F/1.4,1.7x Tele

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4 years 2 months ago - 4 years 2 months ago #2963 by Olaf Kleemeyer
One of my favorite lenses. Perfect for macro (why Nikon calls it "micro" then? :huh: ) and Portrait as well.

Here´s one example. Light is barely average but the lens does it´s job:



Nikon D700, Nikkor 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 70-200mm 2.8
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4 years 2 months ago #2976 by Mark
Thanks for your response, Bill. I plan to use on a full-frame body for doing portraits.

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4 years 2 months ago #2977 by Mark
Thanks for your response, Keith. I'm planning on going with the 70-200mm too, which I know is great for portraits, but I keep thinking that I want a great prime lens for portraits, as well. Maybe will just have to rent one to judge from myself.

PS - I see we're both in Korea. I'm in Seoul, but am looking to going back to the states soon.

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4 years 2 months ago #2978 by Mark
Thanks for your response, Olaf, and the great photo! Looks like what I want to be able to do. I think I will rent a couple different lenses and test them for myself.

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4 years 2 months ago #2981 by Mistery
When you going back to the states? I'm planning on going to Seoul Feb 16th to meet two friends and do some shopping.

D800 w/grip, D700 w/grip,V1,14-24mm F/2.8, 24-70mm F/2.8, 70-200mm F/2.8, 200-400mm F/4, 105mm,F/2.8,35mm F/1.4,35mm F/1.8, 85mm F/1.4,1.7x Tele

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4 years 2 months ago - 4 years 2 months ago #2993 by Conor Casey
One of the big advertised benefits of a 100mm (or thereabouts) macro lens is that it's versatile and can double up as a portrait lens; otherwise it is a very specialised lens. A 70-200mm would be ideal for portraits because it can zoom; but if you are looking to do both macro and portraits without a discussion with your bank manager, a 100mm or 105mm with Nikon will do the job perfectly. Good macros tend to be the sharpest lenses around too so also good for portraits. Have you any in mind? How much do you want to spend?

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4 years 2 months ago #2997 by Olaf Kleemeyer

Conor Casey wrote: Good macros tend to be the sharpest lenses around too so also good for portraits.


I heard people say, those macro-lenses are even too sharp for portraits. Funny :cheer:

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 70-200mm 2.8

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