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Old 13-11-2012, 17:03   #1 (permalink)
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Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

Hi guys

Looking to purchase the Nikon D5100 body only and one lens (initially) and am just wondering which lens to go with, a 50mm & 35mm?

I'm edging towards the nikon 50mm over the 35mm based on a little research but would like your input before I pull the trigger!

The Mrs is expecting so will be taking a lot of shots of the little un when born/growing up and I also like to take some landscape shots if that helps make a decision?

But as an added afterthought the D5100 can alo be used as a decent video recorder, so don't know if any of these lenses would be any good for this.....or would I be better of buying the 18-55 kit and just use that as the camera recorder glass, and get one of the above for pics only?

Any advice greatly appreciated

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Old 13-11-2012, 23:42   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

For portraits the 50mm will be the better of the two, although the 35mm will also do the job. However, you will find both a bit restrictive as you will have no wide angle capabilities.

You might be better getting a better lens than the kit 18-55 though and there are several lenses that will do the job. For general use you really need to be able to go down to around 18mm and a lens that will go to at least 55mm, or ideally to 70 or 85mm will be able to cover 80% of your needs. The 18-200 or 18-250/270 are a great all-round lens but are dearer and do loose a little quality compared to those with lower zoom ratios.

The Nikkor 18-70mm is s great lens and when I bought my D70 years ago I got it with the 18-70 and did not get another lens for over a year. You can also get them used for very reasonable money.
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Re: Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

go with the kit lens, something like an 18-55 with VR should be a good bet,. as a starter lens it's hard to beat and will suit many different applications

35/50 or other fixed focal length have their place but really will make your shot options much more restricted,. if I was going to go for a portrait lens after the kit lens then an 85 (1.4/1.8) would be my personal choice but the kit option is a lot better place to begin
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Old 17-11-2012, 12:04   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

I have the 50 1.4 g and a 35 1.8 I find the 35 better however if you want to really loose the background use the 50 1.4 for the money thou I'm glad I bought the 35 it's certainly well worth every penny. i also have a 85 1.8d not the new g version this also is worth the little money I paid for S/H I have had a look at the new 85 1.8g but still couldn't see much difference in IQ against my prehistoric D version the 1.4 85 is big money and unless your FF can't really justify it........or afford it
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Re: Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

I have the 85mm 1.8f G and was blown away with the clarity it gave! It's fantastic in low light and I've used it a few times at gigs because of it, it's just a shame its restrictive being a prime. However, if I was in your shoes, I'd be tempted to go for the body and kit lens to start with. At least that way, you have a little more scope. As the 5100 is DX (1.5 crop sensor), a 35mm lens is effectively 52mm and the 50mm is 75mm. The kit lens (18-70mm as Dabhand suggests) will effectively be 27mm-105mm as thus give you more scope for wider general use.

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Re: Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

Rather than start a new thread I am glad I found this one.

I too have a D5100 with a 55mm kit lens.

As you may tell from my pics I dont realy have a fav style.
I am trying to dicide what to buy next.
Lens (Zoom or telly)
flash gun (Using built in on at mo).
ND Grad
ND full.

Decisions decisions.

My step brother wants me to do his wedding on the cheap this this may sway me
as I think I can get some good shots on a 55mm. Ye I know its not a fast lens but have no money at me so making do.
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Re: Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

it is easy to get sucked into 'collecting' camera gear by trying to complete your set of camera stuff so you have it,.

in my opinion it makes much more sense to let your subjects / interests etc decide on what to add, if anything, a large amount of the time the kit lens is a great option and is a great lens to use for many different types of images

start by looking at your pictures and if (and only if?) there is stuff you are not able to achieve then think what could help,.

for a wedding you will need 2 cameras and a general purpose lens for each minimum because cameras stop working and lenses get dropped
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Re: Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

btw - I should say I have not seen any of your images so I am just typing general thoughts from spending far too much on camera stuff over the years,. the most common mistake (I have made and seen others make) is to keep buying stuff rather than learn to use what you have and get the most from it
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Re: Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

Thanks Silver. Makes sense.

I have a fuji finepics 3280 as backup for the wedding. had some good results from it.
Was just worred about the low light shots.
I think the flash may be a must so will be my next bit of kit.

Do you have an opinion about tamron/sigma/nikon lenses Silver
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Re: Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

i wouldnt go for either i have the 50 and rarely use it im actually going for the canon 85mm 1.8 as i have heard great things abouti t for portraits
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Re: Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

Hi Fiztastic....it is easier to latch on to another thread but it's better to start your own to get the best answers.

PS Doing a wedding is not easy and damned difficult for an amateur. Be absolutely sure what you are doing and you might be doing a favour for family but it could be somebody's memories going up in smoke.
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Re: Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

My order of recommendation:
1. Kit lens - you'll get many more shots due to the flexibility
2. 35mm - just that little bit wider than a 50
3. 50mm - probably the best 'bang for your buck' lens (but I got one as everyone assured me I'd want to use it all the time - never taken a single shot in anger, just test shots! )

Having said that, I use a 100mm (macro IS) as I prefer to step back from my portraits, has a pretty good IQ and f/2.8 for relatively shallow DOF (plus I take loads of macros, so am totally familiar with it's capabilities). If I don't have a choice of space then my 15-85 IS
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Re: Nikon 35mm or 50mm for potrait shots?

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I would have, but as this was about a d5100 and lens choice, I didnt want some one saying 'read the threads someone has aready started one'. As i sometimes see on less friendly forums.

Your totaly correct about other peoples memorys. I was told if I didnt do it there would be no memorys or something like it. I have stated they get what they get.

Thanks Markulous.
I think I will invest in the flash and stick with the 55mm and use the fine pics for any odd zoom shots.

will see how it goes.

Sorry for hyjacking your thread Daisbuys. I hope any of the info provided is of use to you. I love my D5100 and it hasnt disapointed me yet.
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I would have, but as this was about a d5100 and lens choice, I didnt want some one saying 'read the threads someone has aready started one'. As i sometimes see on less friendly forums.
You won't find any of that here What Stepheno meant was that this thread was specifically about portrait lenses, where you were wondering whether to get a lens, a filter or a flashgun and mentioned doing a wedding - very different requirements.
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I would have, but as this was about a d5100 and lens choice, I didnt want some one saying 'read the threads someone has aready started one'. As i sometimes see on less friendly forums.

Your totaly correct about other peoples memorys. I was told if I didnt do it there would be no memorys or something like it. I have stated they get what they get.

Thanks Markulous.
I think I will invest in the flash and stick with the 55mm and use the fine pics for any odd zoom shots.

will see how it goes.

Sorry for hyjacking your thread Daisbuys. I hope any of the info provided is of use to you. I love my D5100 and it hasnt disapointed me yet.

when you mentioned the 55mm lens you have I thought you meant it was something like an 18-55mm zoom lens,. if it's just a fixed 55mm (really?) then something like a kit zoom lens is probably a good bet as a general purpose lens

is some info at Zoom lens verses prime lens
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