35mm, 50mm or 18-55mm ??
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22-11-11, 03:04 PM
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I am also looking for a Nikon 50mm lense, to compliment my existing zooms. A 50mm prime is a good general lense I am told.
Looking at the 50mm AF F1.8, it doesn't look that good in terms of quality, compared to the AFS 1.8 and 1.4. There is obvioulsy quite a price hike for both of these. Is it worth going for the AF 1.8, The camera I will use it on is the D300S.
There was also some write up about a 50mm Nikon in Digital Camera recently but I can't find the article and am not sure whcih one they are recommending.
The Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D is one of the best bang for buck lenses available for Nikons. Although not regarded by Nikon as a "professional lens", its optical performance is absolutely first class. For the £100 price tag, you couldn't purchase any other lens brand new, that rivals it.
The AF-S version has been optically redesigned and has slightly improved bokeh over the AF-D. It also has the benefit of instant manual focus override, which when working at wide apertures can be a huge benefit. With the AF-D you have to disengage the focus motor on the camera body.
Since there is only about £70 price difference between the two, the AF-S version is certainly tempting. The only downside to it is the loss of the aperture ring, since its a gelded lens. Not something that affects everyone but, if using the 50mm on extension bellows for macro work or with a reverse ring, then you have no control over the aperture.
If you're going to lay out on the expense of the AF-S f/1.4, then you might want to consider the Sigma equivalent. A bit more weighty than the Nikkor but, then again its a 77mm filter lens. Some reviews I've read, favour the Nikon, some the Sigma, for different reasons. Compared side by side, the Sigma looks to have the more pleasing bokeh of the two.
If I decide to upgrade from the AF-D, I'd go with the Sigma personally, although to be completely honest, stopped down to the same aperture, you'd probably be very hard pressed to distinguish all the 50mm lenses as to which lens took what. I rarely use mine below f/3.2 as the DOF is so shallow, it can render too much of your subject out of focus. Fine wide open for posed portraits or still life but, on subjects that have a tendency to fidget and move, you'll probably not have that much joy.
Now, having said all that, my 50mm hasn't seen that much use of late, as I picked up a 35-70mm f/2.8D. Very fast focusing,
sharp wide open and has the benefit of the zoom which for me has proved very beneficial in just going that bit wider or tighter, without the need to reposition. Long since discontinued now but, still available on eBay for about £220 for a decent copy. Just watch out for the non-d version which can affect flash TTL. The modern day equivalent is the AF-S 24-70mm which is a £1300 lens. Might be something to consider anyway.
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