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  1. I have a friend who is looking to upgrade his gear. Currently he has a Nikon D90 with the basic kit lens and a Nikkor 105 mm f2.8 macro. He mainly photographs portraits of poeple and families. He is particularly interested in including a slight bokeh to his family portraits. I know that bokeh and DOF have more to do with technique than anything, but is there a certain lense that would help in this area? He is thinking about upgrading to the D610 with a Tamron 70-200 mm f2.8 lens.

    I will be looking into this on my own as well, but I am not by any means the authority on camera equipment. But I know there is a lot of diversity on JD with equipment and shooting styles, so any advice on the gear mentioned, or alternate gear, is greatly appreciated! Thanks much!
    Replied 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
  2. hi Travis, the look and beauty of a bokeh is indeed partly the result of the photography style, and even more so the actual scene (you basically need out of focus light sources icm a fast lens). However, it is also a lens quality.

    For example, the 105mm that your friend has, I also use. It is in fact well known for its beautiful bokeh. So now I am in doubt, does your friend realize what he already has in his hands? It is really a gear problem or is he yet to learn how to produce a scene that has a nice bokeh? This article may help:

    http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-And-Explore/Article/h0ndz86v/bokeh-for-beginners.html

    If he knows how to produce such a scene and still is not satisfied with the 105mm, which can be used for portraits, but isn't specifically designed for it, there's this odd one:

    https://fstoppers.com/review/best-portrait-lens-youve-never-heard-nikon-135mm-f2-3099

    It's the only Nikon lens I know of that has "defocus control". Note that it is old and obscure though, be careful.

    Finally, if he is into portrait photography, I absolutely must mention the recent range of Sigma Art lenses such as this one:

    http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/sigma-50mm-f1-4-dg-hsm

    This new lineup of lenses have been rated at the absolute top everywhere. They have caused quite a stir in price/quality. Note though that they are designed for full frame.

    My main advise remains looking into his current 105mm though, it's a killer bokeh lens. People buy it for that reason.

    Replied 4 years ago
  3. Thanks for the info, Ferdy! I agree, not real sure that he quite realizes all of the different terms and exactly what he can achieve simply by adjusting aperture. I sent him the article about bokeh you listed above, and helped explain some things to him. I think he understands it better now. All he needs to do now is play around with different settings and circumstances to see what he likes and how can achieve what he wants. I think he is going to keep his lens now. Replied 4 years ago
  4. Glad to help, Travis, your answer confirmed my thoughts. Replied 4 years ago

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