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New gear portraiture

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sent on September 10, 2020 (12:00)

Hi! I'm looking for some tips. Hope you guys can help!

Two years after purchasing my first entry level camera and having tried a few cheap lenses I want to upgrade to something that better suits what I need.

I shoot mostly portraits and 80% of the time at 50mm. So I'm looking at the best combo camera + prime lens you can buy with let's say no more than 1,500$.

I'm thinking a mirrorless (eye tracking!) like the X-T3 + 35mm f/1.4, but I also enjoy shooting with manual focus lenses, so I'm open to vintage options too!

What would you suggest?

sent on October 07, 2020 (20:15)

Hi Andrea,

there is a guy from Hungary called Attila who was active on forum.mflenses.com/
He is doing portrait. I think he is doing a great job.

I recommend a full frame camera, actually the Sony A7II. The raw files a great.

You should get it below 900 EUR. So there are 700 EUR left the lens. When you want eye tracking, you can buy a Sony lens like the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8.

Back to Attila. He is using old manual fokus lenses. The ZEISS lenses for Contax/Yashica Bajonett have become expensive. Therefore I would recommend the Nikon AIS series. You can choose from many great lenses.
I shot dog portrait most of the time. Important for me are th eyes. www.juzaphoto.com/galleria.php?l=en&t=3405590.
I have one people shot. www.juzaphoto.com/galleria.php?l=en&t=3711288. The lens is not such a great performer like the 85mm, but it doesn't highlight unwanted details.

For the 700 EUR left I would by a lens adapter, 2/85 and 2.8/180.

Hope this helps.

sent on October 07, 2020 (20:26)

I like the Nikon 105mm f1.8 AiS for portait.
Unfortunately most of the pics are taken with Nikon D4. You can expect much more when using the Sony A7II.

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