Professional Lenses for Portrait Photography


Nikon has a range of Professional Portrait Lenses for Portrait Photography. These Nikon portrait lenses could be used in studios, indoors or out in the streets for a wide variety of professional quality portrait photos.

Like all other professional Nikon lenses, these Portrait Lenses are high quality glass, weather proof and their rugged construction makes it easy to use under a wide variety of environmental conditions.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 Portrait Lens

Professional Portrait Photography Lens Nikon 70mm - 200mm f 2.8 The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 Professional Portrait Lens features Vibration Reduction (VR), 7 Extra-Low Dispersion nano crystal coated glass elements & the Nikon Super Integrated Coating that enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.


  • Fast f/2.8 Zoom-Nikkor Lens
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus (IF)
  • Close Focusing to 4.6′
  • Silent Wave Motor
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

The close focusing distance of 4.6′ provides adequate head space to provide a comfortable environment for the subject as well. The shallow depth of focus helps you obscure backgrounds when you are shooting portraits on the streets.

This professional grade Nikon lens is very heavy. So if you plan to use this lens held held for an extended period of time, I’d recommend mounting this on a monopod or having a neck support to balance it properly.

This is also the perfect lens for low-light, sports, fashion and other images that require distance between the photographer and subject.


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 Portrait Lens

Professional Nikon Portrait Lens 24mm - 70mm f 2.8 Though mostly thought of as a general purpose street photography lens, the Nikon 24mm – 70mm f/2.8 is one of the best professional portrait lens whether for the streets or for the studios.


  • Fast f/2.8 Zoom-Nikkor Lens
  • No VR for Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus (IF)
  • Close Focusing to 1.25′
  • Silent Wave Motor

This lens is a very heavy lens. Without the VR, the weight of the lens makes it fit in steadily in your palm, making it easier to shoot task sharp.

Apart from being a great Portrait Photography lens, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens is a fast aperture standard zoom lens designed for photojournalism and general photography.

Optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX (full-frame) and DX-format image sensors, this lens also includes two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements and PGM aspherical lenses that help control chromatic aberrations while enhancing sharpness and contrast, even at the widest aperture settings.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 Portrait Lens

Professional Nikon Portrait Photography Lens 85mm f 1.4

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Classic Portrait Lens creates perfect, professional quality, distortion free portraits. The ultra fast f/1.4 wide-open aperture along with the rounded 9-blade diaphragm will create natural out-of-focus backgrounds that will isolate your main subject for an impressive professional look.


  • FX-Format Lens
  • DX-format has 127.5 Equivalent
  • Focus to 2.79′
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch
  • Internal Focus (IF)
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

This professional portrait lens is light weight and very suitable for continuous handheld portrait photography either in studios or outdoors street photos. The lens is a FX format lens so its performance is as good on 35mm full frame film cameras, Nikon FX full frame digital SLRs or for Nikon DX sized sensors.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Portrait Lens

Nikon Portrait Photography Lens 35mm f/1.4 Though this Nikon lens is more popular as a general purpose lens, it produces professional quality portraits & can be used as a Professional Portrait Lens both in studios as well as on the streets.


  • FX (Full Frame) Coverage
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Focusing
  • Nano-Crystal Coat Minimizes Flare
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
  • Nine Blade Aperture Diaphragm
  • Rear Focusing (RF) System

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle Portrait Lens is a super-fast lens in a classic wide-angle focal length. Its f/1.4 aperture allows you to shoot with your camera handheld in low-light situations, perfect for weddings, reportage, and street photography.

You’ll also be able to achieve a very narrow depth of field when shooting wide open, creating a dramatic separation between your subject and background.

This professional portrait lens features 10 elements in 7 groups, with a single aspherical element that eliminates coma and other types of aberration even when shooting wide open. The 9 blade aperture smoothes the out of focus background of an image, delivering bokeh that is extremely pleasing to the eye and separating your subject from the background.

Nikon Professional Nikkor 135mm f/2.0 AF DC Portrait Lens

Professional Nikon Portrait Lens 135mm The Nikkor 135mm is a professional portrait lens with its unique Nikon Defocus-image Control technology, which allows you to control background and foreground blur for striking portraits.


  • Portrait lens with Nikon’s exclusive Defocus Image Control
  • Control the degree of spherical aberration in background or foreground elements for more creative control
  • Rear focusing for fast AF operation
  • Large maximum aperture for shooting in low light

This lens is a specialty ‘portrait lens’ with a superb piece of optical excellence. It is among Nikon’s sharpest lenses ever produced, with sharpness exceptional even wide open at f/2 in the corners.

The wide f/2 aperture allows for beautiful bokeh and tack-sharp shots without manipulating the DC ring, if you’re not interested in ‘soft’ focus, and the f/2 aperture is exceptional for low light photography, whether at night, indoors or outdoors, or in a low-light setting.

The Defocus Control does not affect the Depth of Field but instead it helps you control the Circle of Confusion. The DC control affects the CoC (circles of confusion) in front of or behind the critically focused subject giving you bokeh “choices” front and back of subject.

Nikon AF DC Nikkor 105mm f/2.0 Portrait Lens

Nikon Professional Portrait Lens 105mm DC f2.0

The Nikon 105mm f/2.0 is a professional grade portrait lens that absolutely easy to use with Defocus control to produce extreme high quality sharp portraits with a controlled artistic background.


  • Portrait lens with Nikon’s exclusive Defocus Control
  • Change the appearance of out of focus elements so that they appear softer or coarser
  • Rear focusing for fast AF operation
  • Fast, medium telephoto lens featuring Defocus-image Control
  • Rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural

Nikon defocus control offers new creative possibilities for shallow depth-of-field portrait photography. Photographers can fine-tune the foreground or background image area, creating unique blurred effects.

Like any of the other professional portrait lens, the Nikkor 105 AF DC A sharp prime lens is a fast f/2, sharp even in the corners,with a fast AF (faster than 85mm f/1.4) and nearly as fast as my AF-S lenses & a solid Nikkor construction with a metal body with rubber rings.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Portrait Lens

professional portrait lens Nikon 105mm The 105mm f/2.8 is a prominent macro lens but also serves as a professional portrait lens suitable for street portraits as well as for studio portraits.

This professional portrait lens has Nikon’s second-generation vibration reduction system (VR II) that allows flexible hand-held shooting by stabilizing the image to the equivalent stability of a shutter speed that is 4 stops faster when compared with a conventional lens.

An ED glass element minimizes chromatic aberration. Nano Crystal Coat drastically reduces flare ensuring finely detailed, clear images.
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) minimizes image blur caused by camera shake (cancelable)
  • Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and better body balance
  • Built-in M/A switch enables instant switching from auto focus to manual focus
  • Silent Wave Motor for ultra-fast, ultra-quiet AF
  • The rounded diaphragm (9 blades) makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural

With a minimum focusing distance of 1′ the diaphragms structure provides a very nice bokeh even when shooting portraits in the streets with an over crowded background making the subject pop-out among a very busy over crowded background.

Nikon AF Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Portrait Lens

Nikon 60mm Professional Portrait Lens Another popular macro lens, the Nikon 60mm f/2.8 is a great lens for professional portrait photography when you can get a little closer to your subject.


  • The most compact Nikon Micro-Nikkor lens for portrait, copy work, and field close-up applications
  • Close Range Correction (CRC) system provides high performance at both near and far focusing distances
  • Continuous focusing from infinity to life-size (1:1)

This high performance lens with the Close-Range Correction System ensures high resolution from infinity to close-ups down to 8 3/4″ (22cm) with a 1:1 reproduction ratio.

The 60mm f/2.8 lens is so light you can easily use it handheld even in very low light conditions without any distortions to your images. The A-M (Automatic-Manual) switch enables quick changing from auto focus to manual focus & is especially useful when shooting in low lights when the camera may not be able to auto focus so accurately.


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