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What lens would you recommend with Nikon D5600 for professional portraits

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davidlogan

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Hello everyone,
I have the Nikon D5600 DSLR camera. It's a great camera but the kit lens (18-55mm) is sucks. I'm looking to get professional portraits in the first place. I made my online research and found this 5 Best Nikon D3500 & D3400 Lenses To Try In 2019 | Nikon Bundle guide.
 
Which lens is the best for portraits with blurry backgrounds:
  1. Nikon 35mm F1.8G Lens
  2. Nikon 50mm F1.8G
  3. Nikon AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

Thank you



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Definitely not the 10-20 as it is too wide for anything but PJ style environmental portraits. Besides being too short, it has a large smallest aperture that won't let you blur the background.

The 35 and the 50 work well, but for very different types of portraiture. The 35 works for two-person and full body portraits, the 50 for headshots and half-body. If you try to shoot a head or head-and-shoulders portrait with the 35, you will have to go close enough that the perspective looks distorted to get the shot. If you try to get some of the environment in the shot or shoot full body with the 50, you will often run out of room when shooting indoors.

 

If you go up too close, the nose will look huge and the ears very small as the distance between them is large compared to the focus distance. When you are a reasonable distance away, the perspective looks much more natural.



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If you are looking at just one lens I would suggest a 50 mm för ASP-C bodies.

I have little to no experience with Nikon glass and can't comment on the one you are listing. Before you decide you may want to have a look att what Sigma and Tamron have to offer.



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I'm using an 18-70mm lens for portraits. Picked it up used... it's tack sharp and compact.



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Of the three lenses you listed, the 50mm would probably give you the best results. On a DX camera it has the same angle of view as a 75mm lens on an FX camera which is just shy of the classic portrait lens focal length (85mm).

 

I've personally had great results using a Nikkor AFS-85mm f/1.8G on my DX cameras. On DX this lens gives an angle of view that's close to that of a 135mm lens and does a really good job of throwing the background out of focus at any f stop below f/5.6 or so. With the right lighting the results can be magical.

 

Of course, all of the zoom lenses that reach 100mm or so and up should also give good results. Of these my favorite is the FX Nikkor AFS-70-300VR which, when used on DX, produces very nice portraits with creamy bokeh.

 

--Ron



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very helpful answers. thank you for the help . I will go with the Nikon 50mm F1.8G 



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18-70mm, 50mm, 35mm and 85mm are best portraits lens to look at. 







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