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Author Topic: Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?  (Read 2397 times)

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Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?
« on: August 08, 2010, 01:52:53 PM »
hi newbie here, im planning to buy a prime lens, what would u guys suggests? 35mm? or 50mm? if 50mm 1.8 or 1.4? i want to achieve more drama on my shots. thanks!:)

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Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?
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Re: Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2010, 03:28:30 PM »
It depends on your shooting preference.
Do you like wide angle shots? Portraits? How close or far do you usually shoot your subjects.
Determine these options first, and then decide on what you need instead of what you want.
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Re: Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2010, 05:23:26 PM »
If you want an all-around lens, get a "standard", meaning equivalent focal length (in 35mm film terms) of 50mm. This means a 35mm lens, like the Nikkor 35mm f2, AFD, or the Nikkor 35mm f1.8 AFS-G. The former is an older model while the latter is current (not exactly sure about the AFS-G; it has built-in motor so will auto-focus on D40 and D60). The 35mm 1.8 is verrry sharp, but so is the f2 AFD.

The 50mm will be an equivalent 75mm in your D90. Not good for a group shot (several friends or family members), and not quite long enough for portraits. I found it "alanganin" and went with 35mm for my "standard" and 85mm (equivalent 120mm) for my portraits. BTW, I find the 16-85mm VR just perfect for travel as it's wide enough and long enough.

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Re: Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2010, 05:26:30 PM »
if you want to get the most out of your money... 50mm 1.8.. so sulit.. you wont go wrong.. proven na yan.. hehe..

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Re: Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2010, 07:11:10 PM »
I'd definitely go for the 35mm f1.8 for my walkaround lens, but if you want drama in your portrait shots, it might be better to go for the 85mm f1.8  ;)
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Re: Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2010, 09:43:29 PM »
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I find the 16-85mm VR just perfect for travel as it's wide enough and long enough.

Yeah, but it kinda defies the point of the TS about primes.

Besides, it's as expensive as a 18-200vr1 at f/3.5 at it's widest aperture, might as well just go for a tamron 17-50 f/2.8 at almost half the price.  ;)
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Re: Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2010, 10:13:14 PM »
hi newbie here, im planning to buy a prime lens, what would u guys suggests? 35mm? or 50mm? if 50mm 1.8 or 1.4? i want to achieve more drama on my shots. thanks!:)

50mm
-will give you a hard time shootings groups..4-5 persons..especially indoors..tight kasi yung view..(pero possible basta malaki space to back down, eh kung wala)
-will produce nice bokeh/blurred backgrounds..

35mm
-useful for groups/indoors..can produce good bokeh..
-maganda rin kasi kasama ang background pag portraits..

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Re: Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2010, 10:46:49 PM »
If you want an all-around lens, get a "standard", meaning equivalent focal length (in 35mm film terms) of 50mm. This means a 35mm lens, like the Nikkor 35mm f2, AFD, or the Nikkor 35mm f1.8 AFS-G. The former is an older model while the latter is current (not exactly sure about the AFS-G; it has built-in motor so will auto-focus on D40 and D60). The 35mm 1.8 is verrry sharp, but so is the f2 AFD.



whats the diff between AFD and AFS-G besides their aperture? btw 35mm 1.8 is priced at 11k is it reasonable? do u know where to buy it cheaper? thanks

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Re: Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2010, 12:17:19 AM »
AF-D are screw driven AF systems which will only AF with Body with nuilt in body motor like your D90, AF-D lenses won't AF on bodies like D40, D60, D5k and D3k....While the AF-S the lens itself has a Built in motor thats why it can AF on all Nikon bodies.

Buy a 35mm for your D90 prime 50mm is to close on DX bodies works like an 85mm of FX systems

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Re: Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2010, 12:24:54 AM »
kung sa usability ng focal length, not too zoomed in 35mm 1.8 ang kunin nyo. kung sa drama 50mm 1.4 or rokinon 85mm 1.4!
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Re: Prime lens for D90, 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 35mm?
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2010, 07:41:36 AM »
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Yeah, but it kinda defies the point of the TS about primes.

Besides, it's as expensive as a 18-200vr1 at f/3.5 at it's widest aperture, might as well just go for a tamron 17-50 f/2.8 at almost half the price.  ;)

Hmmm. You may have a point about the price and the wide aperture. And you're right, of course, the TS was looking at primes.

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