Nikon 85mm v 28-105mm

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Rick, Jul 27, 2003.

  1. Rick

    Rick Guest

    A lady friend of mine has ask me to do some head and shoulder
    shots for her. They will be done in a solarium at a distance of around
    8 to 10 feet. Is there any advantage ( + or - ) to using a 85mm
    as opposed to using a 28-105 lens ?? Since I'll be using a flash
    i.e. SB-DX50 for some of the shots, I'll be trying a 81A filter for the
    first time.
    All advice is considered and ( for the most part ) appreciated. Thank you.

    Rick Keefer
    Chula Vista, CA
     
    Rick, Jul 27, 2003
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  2. Rick> A lady friend of mine has ask me to do some head and shoulder
    Rick> shots for her. They will be done in a solarium at a distance of around
    Rick> 8 to 10 feet. Is there any advantage ( + or - ) to using a 85mm
    Rick> as opposed to using a 28-105 lens ??

    You can't do head shots from 8-10 feet away with either of the lenses
    you mention, unless you're planning to crop the image a lot.
     
    Andrew Koenig, Jul 27, 2003
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  3. Rick

    JR Guest


    The 85 will probably be the way to go. I use the 85/1.4 AIS for most of
    my portrait shots, when I want to get tighter I use the 105/2.5 AI both
    with my F100. I find my 2.8 zoom is not quite the same visually even at
    the same or similar focal length. Plus the 85/1.4 shot wide open has a
    great softening effect for portraits. The SB-50 DX for portrait
    lightingis going to be harsh...try to keep it off the camea, and use it
    for fill flash only, which may mean you will need some supplemental
    lights...Just my opiniom.


    JR
     
    JR, Jul 27, 2003
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  4. Rick

    Alan Browne Guest

    The 85mm would be my choice. The 81A should help warm up the cool tones
    inside the solarium...unless the sunlight is pretty direct (even if
    filtered) in which case no filter. You will be closer than 10 feet,
    more like 5 or less with the 85mm for a head & shoulder shot. (Consider
    beltline up as an alternative too if the subject is a bit self conscious
    with a lens in their face).

    (A 105 or 135 portrait lens would be a better choice, but I doubt your
    28-105 will be distortion free at 105 and is possibly less sharp there
    as well unless forced to a small aperture like f/11 which might not
    render the background soft enough.).

    If you're using a flash, think about how you will balance the background
    and subject lighting... IOW will you be using (needing?) slow sync to
    get them right. Of equal importance is the distance of background to
    subject and what depth of field you want (usually a soft background in
    these situations). If the flash will dominate the lighting, then do you
    still want/need the 81A filter?

    If the solarium is well lit with outside light, then some white
    cardboard reflectors would be my choice to light the subject (and you
    will see immediately what lighting you have.) If it is "open shaddow"
    lighting, then get the 81A on there).

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 27, 2003
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  5. Skip Middleton, Jul 28, 2003
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  6. Rick

    Rick Guest

    Thank you Andrew.. Rick
     
    Rick, Jul 28, 2003
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  7. Rick

    Rick Guest

    Thanks Skip, Rick

     
    Rick, Jul 28, 2003
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  8. Rick

    Rick Guest

    Thank you..
    Rick

     
    Rick, Jul 28, 2003
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  9. Nice shot, Skip. I think I'd like it better without the dog.
     
    Pete McCutchen, Aug 4, 2003
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