Portraits Lens

nikon-logoI have been taking portraits with my Nikon D3100 and a Nikkor 18-55 lens , I know thats not the best lens to be using for portraits but thats all i have at the moment however i’m thinking of soon infesting in a better one, does anyone have any suggestions as to which affordable Nikkor lens would be the best to get for Portrait taking?


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I am a Freelance Photographer... You can contact me by sending me a message on facebook or by email at meranda-roben@live.ca Or call the number on the business card. The best ways to contact me is by calling the number on the business card or sending me a message on facebook. I enjoying doing all kinds of photography but i would have to say street photography is my favourite. I like to photograph events and work in event and family portrait photography, if you would like me to photograph your event or do some family portraits just send me a message or give me a call . I also enjoy writing and i'm going to be working more on my journalism skills. I want to become either a photographic journalist or a documentary photographers. Feel free to check out all my photos and give me feed back. I have been living with Crohn's disease since my diagnosis in April 2012. Through my work I want to be able to bring light to Crohn’s disease and show other’s that it is very possible to live a full happy healthy successful life even with the ups and down’s of this life long disease. I plan to start writing a Monthly blog on my rise to become a professional photographer it will be in titled “Rise to Pro: One Snapshot at a time” That will hopefully begin July 22 2013. By Now most if not all of you are aware that I have a form of IBD. I have one of the two most common forms of IBD, Crohn’s disease. I have recently decided to become an IBD activist in the form of a writing blog and I guess a “in person educator” if you would. I will be discussing everything that goes into my IBD life with this blog and when I say everything I mean EVERYTHING, All the detail of which some would be to embarrassed/scared to discuss in a public form I will write about in hopes that through this I will inspire others With IBD to be more open with them selves and be confident in who they are. It is entitled “My IBD Life.
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4 Responses to Portraits Lens

  1. dicedimagery says:

    Hi Meranda,

    First off, thanks for your interest in my blog diced imagery. I hope you got something out of it.

    An affordable portrait lens for Nikon is the Tamron 90mm macro. It gives you all you the out of focus background you want in portraits with the added advantage of letting you do close up work. If you want to stick with Nikon the 85 and 105 lenses will be more expensive but give great results. If you don’t like fixed length lenses you could go with a 70-200 zoom.


    • MerandaRoben says:

      No problem i look forward to reading more on your blog.
      Thank you for you advise the Tamron 90mm macro seems to be a highly recommend lens , I will look into that one more as of right now as a student with little income I may just go for a basic even less expensive lens but will see.


  2. I suppose it depends on what you consider affordable. A quality lens will last you longer than two or three camera bodies will, so it pays to put your money into lenses in my opinion, that’s what I’ve done recently.

    I had a Nikon camera, but when it died, I switched to Canon. The reason was that Nikkor lenses are either low price, low quality, or very expensive, with little middle ground. If you have your heart set on a Nikkor lens, then I would suggest the Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S ED VR DX Micro Lens. I bought one of those for my ex, it’s a great lens, but it’s getting up there in price. It will do double duty as a macro lens though.

    Have you considered lenses from other manufacturers that will fit your Nikon? That’s one way to save a few bucks. Another is to buy a lens that will kill two birds with one stone so to speak. A macro lens between 85 and 135 mm will not only allow you to get into macro photography, but they also make excellent portrait lenses.
    The Tokina AT-X AF 100MM F2.8 Macro Lens Nikon Mount is one possibility, the Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Nikon Mount is another.

    Hope this helps.


    • MerandaRoben says:

      Yes very helpful thank you,
      Well affordable for a student with little income so that doesn’t leave me with much options! yes for sure i see your point with “it pays to put your money into lenses” I am looking to put money aside for that once i settle into my new place/find some more steady work but as of right now i’m just looking for something with better portrait quality’s then the one i have now the ( AF-s DX Nikkor 18-55) I would definitely consider buying a lens from another manufacturers, if that will save me money i don’t see a problem with it. What do you think of buying lenses of eBay or amazon??, do you think they will actually be in good condition..etc ?


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