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NIKKOR Lenses for Portraiture

Portrait photography, or portraiture, is the art of capturing people, placing emphasis on the expression of the subject. There are many ways to shoot portraiture, and selecting the right lens will help you achieve the desired effect.

When selecting a lens to use for portraiture, the most important factor to consider is focal length. If you were to shoot the same subject from a distance, a shorter focal length would allow you to capture more of the scene and background, whereas a longer focal length would bring your subject into focus by filling the whole frame.

Short and medium-telephoto lenses such as the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G or AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G are the most commonly used to shoot portraits. Lenses in the 50-85mm range allow you to get close to your subject without any distortion to their features. They are also wide enough so that you can fit the entire subject in your shot.

If you need to get closer to your subject, use a lens with a longer focal length, such as the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. This is useful in situations when you need to shoot from a distance, like at a concert or sporting event. Using a lens with a wide aperture such as the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G will allow you to isolate your subject against a background with a blur, also known as bokeh.

With a wide variety of NIKKOR lenses, you can select the lens that best suits your portraiture style.


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Packed with an array of powerful features in an incredibly compact frame, the Nikon D750 is the ideal companion for your shooting journeys. With an impressive 24.3-megapixel image sensor and an EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, the D750 ensures that every full-frame image you capture retains rich gradation and remarkable detail. The first Nikon DSLR to feature a specially designed movie-shooting menu with preset control settings, the D750 is ideal for creating cinematic quality videos easily and efficiently.

AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G

The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G is a wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8, allowing you to capture your subjects against a gently blurred background. Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM), you will be able to quickly and quietly acquire precise focus on your subjects, delivering superior clarity to all your photos.

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

A fast prime lens that excels at a wide range of photography styles, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G delivers superior images even in low lighting conditions. With a maximum aperture of f/1.4, you will be able to capture portraits with exquisite background blur that beautifully isolates your subjects.

AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G

With a wide maximum aperture of f/1.4, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lets you capture brighter shots with beautiful depth and smooth bokeh. It also delivers amazingly clear reproduction throughout the frame, including peripheral areas, perfect for photographing highly detailed landscapes and architecture.

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

A fast and medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens, the lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G is great for shooting both stills and videos. With a focal length of 85mm and a fast f/1.8 aperture, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G will capture your subjects with stunning brilliance even in low-light situations.


Marrying innovative optical technology with superb design, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is the world’s lightest 300mm autofocus (AF) lens that allows you to capture sharp, clear images in any shooting situation. Built with Nikon’s proprietary Phase Fresnel (PF) lens, this telephoto innovation enables your images to stand out with new levels of sharpness and clarity with virtually no chromatic aberration of ghosting.

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

With its medium-to-telephoto zoom range, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lets you capture full-frame images with stunning details and sharpness, near or far. A host of high-tech optics and a wide f/2.8 maximum aperture make it perfect for capturing detailed close-ups, fabulous fashion shots, awe-inspiring landscapes, dramatic videos and more, under any lighting conditions.