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Old 08-15-2014, 03:24 PM
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Hi guys. I've shot with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens on my Nikon D3100 for several years now and feel like I've exhausted all I can do with it. Looking for a new lens where I can play more with depth of field and expand my skill. I'm very much an amateur. Budget is $500--realize this isn't much. I shoot mainly my car and small items like watches.

Thinking about the 50mm f/1.8 AF-S prime lens for around $220 new. I hear nothing but good things about the sharpness and large aperture providing soft bokeh. I guess it's also a great lens to continue learning? Any thoughts on this? I'm not well versed in glass as I've held onto my kit lens for so long! Any recommendations welcome. Some of my shots to give you an idea:


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Didn't see this, Mark!

Yeah man, definitely get yourself a 50mm 1.8! It's a fantastic lens and there's a reason why it's taken the name of the 'nifty-fifty'. It's awesome for just about everything, especially if you're doing close ups of your watches.

The only limitation the lens has is trying to take a wide shot of something in a small space. If you want to photograph a whole car for example, you need to be pretty distant from it.
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Thanks fernando. I'm reading that the 50mm will actually act closer to a 75mm because of the crop sensor on my DX. Leaning toward a 35mm f/1.8 instead now, lol.
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Thanks fernando. I'm reading that the 50mm will actually act closer to a 75mm because of the crop sensor on my DX. Leaning toward a 35mm f/1.8 instead now, lol.
Either one will be great.

DOF won't change since both lenses are at 1.8 on their fastest f/stop.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:58 PM
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Just some shots with my 50, feel free to wander through my flickr!


Explorations
by fernando.k, on Flickr


NYC
by fernando.k, on Flickr


Tracks
by fernando.k, on Flickr
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Thanks fernando. I'm reading that the 50mm will actually act closer to a 75mm because of the crop sensor on my DX. Leaning toward a 35mm f/1.8 instead now, lol.
As much as I love the 35mm on crop sensor cameras, get the 50mm. With the 50, you'll have a narrower possible DOF, nicer bokeh, and better optics. Yes, you'll have to back up a bit more, but it's worth it. To be honest, I'd find a used Nikkor 50mm 1.4 AF-S.
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Also, I love your flickr, fernando!
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These are unedited photos from a crop sensor and 50mm 1.4.



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I love my 50
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The Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG with macro is a very nice lens for the price. I really enjoy this lens as it offers both telephoto and macro features. Not bad for under $200.00

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