Budget portraits for Nikon DSLRs (constantly updated)

It is very difficult to live without a portrait photographer. But as it turns out, a good portrait lens is expensive.

Budget portraits under Nikon DSLRs

Budget portraits under Nikon DSLRs

On Radozhiva already have article about all Nikon Nikkor original portrait lenses (with fixed focal length from 85 to 200 mm, auto focus for full frame)However, at the cost of a good portrait, you can buy a couple of slaves with a stretcher.

In this article we will discuss inexpensive portraiture. The term 'inexpensive' can often be synonymous with 'used', B.W. Do not be afraid of optics, you just need to be careful when buying. While in Western forums they discuss Otus и Milvus, The photo community in the CIS is trying to raise money to replace whale lenses.

From the Nikon Nikkor native optics, I distinguish the following models:

  1. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkorsell at 180-280 cu
  2. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkorsell at 200-300 cu
  3. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4sell at 120-200 cu
  4. Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8 (MKI)sell for about 300 cu
  5. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8sell at 200-300 cu
  6. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8Dsell at 200-300 cu
  7. Nikon AF Nikkor 24-85mm 1: 2.8-4 D IF Aspherical Macro (1: 2)can be found within 300 cu
  8. there was also a list of dark wagons that can use F / 4.5 at their long end (e.g. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-135mm 1: 3.5-4.5), but they are all very weak for a portrait.

From third-party optics, you can look at:

  1. Yongnuo LENS 100mm 1: 2 (YN100mm F2N, for Nikon), 160 cu new
  2. Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8 (YN85mm F1.8N), 180 cu new
  3. Tokina 100mm f / 2.8 AT-X M100 AF Pro D Macro
  4. Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II, only under the crop, it’s not very much that it beats fifty dollars
  5. Tamron 90mm f / 2.8 or f / 2.5 MACRO 1: 1 is an entire line of lenses that includes many such solutions. Models 52E, 152E, 172E, 272E, 272E NII
  6. Sigma 90 / 2.8 AF
  7. Sigma AF 180 mm f / 2.8 APO Macro (first, 1990)
  8. SOLIGOR MACRO AF MC 3.5 / 100mm
  9. Rare unusual lenses like Tamron 35-105 / 2.8 AF or Vivitar Series 1 28-105mm 1: 2.8-3.8 MC Auto Focus Zoom JAPAN Ø72mm
  10. A large number of cheap aperture wagons from third-party manufacturers by type Sigma Zoom 28-70mm 1: 2.8 or Tamron SP AF Aspherical XR Di LD [IF] 28-75mm 1: 2.8 Macro A09, or Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80 1: 2.8 Aspherical. 70-75-80 mm of focal length and F / 2.8 are quite suitable for portrait shooting.

Portraits often like to shoot on dark televisions of class 70-210 or 70-300. Such televisions can be bought for a penny, for example, Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated or Nikon ED AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6D. I will not add such televisions to the lists.

In the comments, you can specify your own lens options, which can more or less cope with portraiture tasks. I will add them to the list only if they satisfy the conditions:

  1. Price used or new in the region of 300 cu
  2. The focal length is strictly greater than 58 mm (if this is a zoom, then it should be able to work in the range> 58 mm)
  3. The maximum relative aperture is equal to or greater than 1: 4 (e.g. F / 2.8, F / 1.8, etc.)
  4. The lens has auto focus

Let's agree that fifty dollars should not be discussed in this thread. With fifty dollars, in fact, a very weak portrait. Every novice photographer has a fifty-kopeck piece as the first or second lens, and, generally speaking, the majority has fifty. With the help of fifty dollars, it is difficult to stand out among the mass of novice photographers.

We write our thoughts in the comments. Thanks for attention. Arkady Shapoval.

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Comments: 210, on the topic: Budget portraits under Nikon DSLRs (constantly updated)

  • Ivan Wolverine

    Panikovsky to Balaganov: Shura, I really respect Ostap Ibragimovich, but Arkady Shapoval has the same article on the Radozhiv website for the second week already ... and I'm already starting to worry ...

  • Andrei

    Tamron SP AF LD 70-210mm 1: 2.8 67DN for Nikon

  • Maksim

    I have a Vivitar 135mm, bought for 3 with a little thousand rubles. I don’t know what place he takes in the ranking, but I like it.

    • Maksim

      damn ... I thought the photo would be on the profile picture) It's not mine at all!

      • Jury

        But everyone found out that Lynx had a D700 in childhood :)

      • Arkady Shapoval

        For an avatar, attach it here https://ru.gravatar.com/

        • Alan grek

          and on old comments at the same time avatars are updated?

          • Arkady Shapoval

            Avatars will be those where the e = mail was indicated, to which it is attached.

        • zengarden

          Strong witchcraft! working :)

  • Paltos

    Nate and you "ours with a brush." To be honest, I don't understand this AF chase !? I have experience using Nikkor 50 1.8D (and yes on DX it is not 50, but 75 mm) and Nikkor 85 1.8D (the one that is indicated in the article you understand how much the equivalent on DX is) and Gelik 44m-4 (on DX 58mm it is approximately 87mm) with self-alteration for Nikon mount. Personally, as for me, Gelik 44m-4 is much more artistic than the affordable budget Nikkor 50 1.8D and is in no way inferior in beauty to the Nikkor 85 1.8D, but the strong rounding that appears on FX cameras is a very plus on the DX. That's just the price of $ 10 ... + to everything, either I am manual focus or not, but I very often use manual focus on AFs. What is all this for ... I think this way: Manuals can and should be added to this article, those that deserve attention!

    • Rodion

      If you add manuals - such a mess will be here ...

      • Paltos

        And so that there was no porridge, I propose to make categories and in each category the selection of "top 5" (type no more than 5 pieces) according to the criteria of voting + mass availability. So that the essence of the article was that “here people advise” and “you can actually buy it”.

    • Paltos

      I would also divide the article into categories (for example, 3). 1. You Can Buy With the Grinding of Teeth - the lenses are quite expensive for the average citizen of the country (in the range: 250 - a lot of dollars) but straight ah-ah-ah.
      2. Category “YABKUPIL” optics up to 200-250 $, like “take it, you won't regret it, but mind you! ...” 3. Category “Freebie” optics of a scoop or scoop time (up to $ 100) but only the most worthy specimens. And so that each category is sorted by rating (and rating: "we will vote in the comments")

      • Rodion

        There is a sense, yes. In general, it would be great to select one glass from each of these categories with similar parameters and arrange a “crash test” - a comparison without indulgences from the purely optical side.

  • Onotole

    What about Tokins macro-hundredths?

    It seems that it meets all requirements, the average price is of course a little higher than 300 cu (approximately 350), but also for 300 it is quite possible to find if you make an effort and show patience.

    And, in my humble opinion, just like a portrait, she will be at least no worse than everything that is listed in the article.

  • Mia

    Hello everyone. Great topic! I am fond of photography, so many questions, thanks for the discussions and the site, everything is accessible and intelligible. That came to the theme of portraiturers.

  • Mia

    A universal zoom like 80-200 makes sense to use portraiture, because you can wind it up both on 105 and 135.

    • Jury

      if this is a question, then it’s not only possible, but also necessary :)

  • Paul

    I believe that autofocus should not be a decisive factor for portraiture. The same Otus is manual. And then I recommend looking in the direction of the Zeniths. They have bright portraits for crop and ff. I really like their 85 1.4. Also, the Koreans produce decent manual optics.

  • Manfromsummer

    Tokina 100mm f / 2.8 AT-X M100 AF Pro D Macro, which, as the name implies, although “macro”, but also copes with portrait photography “excellent”.
    The new price is about $ 340, used can be found for 280.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thanks, added

  • Hleb

    I will use the Nikon 35mm f / 1.8G AF-S DX portrait portrait. I think to take another such https://vseceni.ua/md/nikon-50mm-f18g-af-s-nikkor-659867/ . I don’t see any fundamental differences, can you tell me some other option?

    • Michael

      35 as if not a portraitist. The fundamental difference is in the focal length. For facial portraits, 85 is better. For "fundamental" differences, it is better to look for something with 1.4 aperture, if finances permit.

      • Hleb

        Thanks, I'll keep it in mind)

  • Alexey

    and what did the naiclassical portrait of all times and peoples not add - nikkor 105 2.5, there are two of them, Zonnar and Planar, both are good.

    • Rodion

      Here, apparently, only AF.

      • Alexey

        I focus on the canon at 105 2.5 pretty quickly.

  • Alexey

    Well, from the relatively new ones - Samyang 85 1.4, it gives quite a cinematic picture.

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