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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

50mm Glory

I'm a big fan of 50mm lenses. I've owned quite a few, including the Canon 50mm f1.8 and f1.4, and the Nikon 50mm f1.8 and f1.4. I currently use the Nikon 50mm f1.8 all the time on my D300's. For the money, you can't get a better optic. The Nikon 50mm f1.8 is SUPER sharp, very fast to focus for a non-AFS, and renders beautiful out-of-focus backgrounds or Bokeh as we call it.

Kirk Tuck has a great article over on The Visual Science Lab called Fifty Millimeters: The Glorious Optics of Yesterday. Check it out for a great read! His favourite street combo to shoot with is his D300 and the new Nikon 35mm f1.8, which basically gives you close to a 50mm on full frame.

I'm a huge fan of the Nikon 35mm myself. I haven't tried out the new 35mm f1.8 yet, and I'm not sure if I will as my Nikon 35mm f2.0 serves me wonderfully.

If you're in the market for a Nikon 35mm, just bear in mind the new f1.8 is meant for the DX cameras. If you're shooting an FX body like the D3, D700, or D3X, you're better served with the Nikon 35mm f2.0 like the one I shoot with.

Back to the subject of 50mm lenses though. The 50mm on a DX body (crop sensor body) gives you a 75mm field of view which makes for a fantastic portrait lens. Coupled with it's f1.8 speed, super light weight, fantastic image quality, and crazy low price, you can't really beat it! If you don't have one, my only question is why? :)

Read more about the Nikon 50mm f1.8D:

Nikon 50mm f1.8D vs Nikon 50mm f1.4G

Using the Nikon 50mm f1.8 AF D for Macro Photography

1 comment:

Lanthus Clark said...

I highly recommend the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f1.8G DX, it is certainly a step up from the Nikkor AF 50mm f1.8D that I also own, especially wide open.

You can see some pics from the 35mm here:
and here:

Have a great day!