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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 12:19 pm 
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Hi Phil & Thomas, and anyone else who reads this,

The Nikon 105mm f/2.8G VR micro lens seems to get great reviews from all owners and I'm thinking about getting it myself. Aside from being a macro lens for getting 1:1 pure macro, people also rave about it being great for portrait work and I wondered if you had found the same?

Would there be any reason not to recommend it? e.g. soon to be updated or has been surpassed.

I particularly like the idea of 105mm because you can still keep your distance from the subject, although I wonder how it can be such a great portrait lens on a camera with a cropped sensor. Wouldn't it take you too far away for portraits? I think if it could double as a great portrait lens then I'm sold :)

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 2:46 pm 
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Mark, I've split our post from the "Lens gallery" as
Gordon wrote:
It's like a user review, but concentrating on images...

As I have no portraits to post but general remarks, plus i think many people with other 105mm lenses could reply I think your Q is more apropriately posted in the "Portrait and people photography" section.

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Now to my remark(s):
You could very easily find out whether 105mm is too long for your portraiture-work: Zoom your 18-200mm to 105mm and see whether this is to close-cropped
As to the f/2.8 part - that has two advantages: low dof and good available light shooting.
The VR is just the icing on the cake (as to available light shooting).
And the perhaps not so stellar sharpness of this lens under lormal circumstances: That is a very sought after feature in portraiture!

On a more practical note: I've done headshots (outdoors) with 200mm and portraiture indoors with the 105mm (not published). And yes: you need some "breathing room" for indoor work so don't plan on doing it in a cramped space!
But even indoors the longer focus-length has the benefit of making the background (if you don't use a studio background) less distracting.

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Hi Thomas,

Thanks for moving my post and for your reply. I will have a go at portraits at 105mm with my 18-200mm as you suggested and see how it goes.

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105 is a good length if used on an FX camera. The crop factor will make it less versatile indoors. However that lens can be doubled to be an effective portraiture lens.

From my photography I used the 35-70 2.8 as my main portraiture lens, backed up by the 50 1.8, 70-200 2.8 and then the 10-20 for perspective play portraits. Thomas has given a great suggestion of trying out the equivalent length on an existing lens, a trick I picked up rather late in my photographic roots.

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