In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best portrait lenses for Nikon d5000 cameras currently available on the market right now. Over the last few months, we have noticed a number of Nikon d5000 owners reaching out for advice with portrait lenses being a particularly popular topic.
We have decided to publish this article covering three different lenses that are suitable for portrait photography with your d5000. Our hope is that this article will be able to help any of our readers who end up finding themselves in this same boat and help you find the lens that you need.
We will be choosing lenses from the 35mm and 50mm focal length due to them offering a very simple way to capture high-quality portraits with minimal effort or experience required. The 50mm lens range is able to serve both entry level and higher level, photographers very well when it comes to portraits so it was the obvious choice to take,
The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
Since its release, it has seen almost explosive growth with it managing to both establish and maintain itself as one of the better choices for a portrait lens on the market. Over the years this has lead to thousands of third-party, independent reviews of the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G being posted online from happy customers.
The manual focus ring shown in the image to the right is made from high-quality rubber while the rest of the lens is made from high-quality plastics to help keep it as light as possible.T
The manual focus ring is very responsive and easy to turn allowing you to tweak the focus levels of the lens to get the perfect portrait each time. The autofocusing on the lens is also very efficient and very quiet meaning that you can also use the lens for video recording without the sound of the autofocus motor being picked up by your microphone.
The lens also offers surprisingly good performance in low light conditions allowing you to take portraits in a wide range of lighting without your photograph suffering.
All in all, we feel that the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm offers the perfect blend of functionality, performance, and build quality all for a very fair price. Additionally, it also has an excellent reputation and a massive user base of photographers helping it edge out ahead of the competition to become the leading portrait lens for your Nikon d5000.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon AF-S DX 35mm F/1.8G Lens to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D
Again, it is a fixed zoom prime lens but this time it comes with a 50mm focal length that makes it ideal for portrait photography. Even someone new to photography will be able to pick up and use a 50mm lens to capture some excellent portrait photos. With its minimum focus distance of 1.5 foot, you are able to easily get your portrait image in focus before capturing it in all of its glory.
Unlike some other lower price point lenses out there, the Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D comes with a metal lens mount as standard as shown in the image to the right. This ensures that it gets a firm fit to your Nikon d5000 without risking any damage to either lens mount that can sometimes occur with a plastic lens mount.
Nikon has also taken steps to ensure that the lens offers distortion-free photographs with excellent resolutions even when used with unoptimal camera settings further making it ideal for any entry-level photographers.
All in all, the Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D is a really good lens in our opinion and should definitely be considered when looking for a portrait lens for your Nikon d5000. It is very user-friendly and ideal for both entry-level and experiences portrait photographers alike.
The Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm F/1.4D
As you would expect from the most expensive lens on our list, the image quality provided by the Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm F/1.4D is excellent but in all honesty, we feel that the vast majority of our readers or their clients won’t be able to notice the difference in image quality anyway. That said, if you have the money to spare in your budget then this can make an excellent lens for your Nikon d5000.