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Question of taste, I think...I would not do portraits on DX with 85....
As I already said, "a matter of taste". And - if one reads carefully - I didn't say, 85 or 135 is NOT a good portrait lens, I just don't use it for portraits with DX.@Golf007sd: Thanks for your link. To me an excellent example why I don't like 85 portraits on DX. Which are, as Ironheart pointed out, very similar to 135 - none of my favorite focal lengths.
@turnthedarncranks: Back in 2010, when I first got into macro photography I got this cool little device (which I still own) and it just snapped in front of my 50 1.4G lens. The name of the product it called Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro Snap-On Lens currently is cost about $79.00 on Amazon. You might want to give it a shot and see what you think.
@SquamishPhoto: If you want me to take your comment seriously, it would be a good first step to think about your choice of words. I don't see many DX cams in your list of gear - so do I have automatically to assume, you've no experiences in DX and therefore generally doubt your post? Because that's what you did.
@Golf and @heartyfisher -- Do you find the Raynox preferable to magnifying filters? If so, why? Just ease of putting it on and taking it off? Or do you find the results better?Thanks!