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Old 14-11-2011, 15:50   #1 (permalink)
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Nikon 50mm f1.8D AF Lens any good?

Hi
Just wondering if this lens was any good.
I don't have any prime lenses just now - I have an 18-105, 35-70 and 70-200 and would really like a new lens for Christmas. f1.8 is very appealing obviously, and I can get this lens on Amazon for 100

Also, I seem to have difficulty focussing on small things with the other lenses (none are macro altho the tamron 70-200 does claim to be). Is this normal - can lenses usually focus on writing, for example, or am I expecting too much?
What should I look for in a lens (apart from makro) to be able to pick up things like this in a shot?

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Old 14-11-2011, 16:25   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.8D AF Lens any good?

I have this lens and I love it. Great back to basics lens which delivers some really sharp images, and the price is right Although I keep forgetting to use it as zooms are more convenient I do try to challenge myself every now and then and only use this lens for a day, if I want to 'zoom' in on something I use my feet!

In regards to focusing on small things the problem may be as simple as just being too close to the subject for the lens. The 50mm is not a macro lens but is a great little lens to have in the bag.
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Old 14-11-2011, 16:27   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.8D AF Lens any good?

I guess the answer will depend on what you want to use this lens for. If you want to do more macro and close up work I don't think this is the lens you want. The best way of getting these sort of images is with a proper macro lens such as the Tamron 90mm, the Sigma 105, 150 and 180 macros or the Nikkor 105mm macro.

The 50mm f1.8 is a great lens for low light and portrait work with a crop factor body, but your criteria for getting a new lens should not be I have not got a prime lens and this one is 100.
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Old 14-11-2011, 17:18   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.8D AF Lens any good?

I recently bought one of these (50mm 1.8 D lens) and its the sharpest lens in my bag! I paid 109.00 from Jessies, its also the least expensive lens I own......say no more.............

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Old 14-11-2011, 18:26   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.8D AF Lens any good?

A great little lens and bang for buck one of the best out there!
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Old 15-11-2011, 13:15   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.8D AF Lens any good?

Thanks very much for the recommendations - sounds really good

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I guess the answer will depend on what you want to use this lens for. If you want to do more macro and close up work I don't think this is the lens you want. The best way of getting these sort of images is with a proper macro lens such as the Tamron 90mm, the Sigma 105, 150 and 180 macros or the Nikkor 105mm macro.

The 50mm f1.8 is a great lens for low light and portrait work with a crop factor body, but your criteria for getting a new lens should not be I have not got a prime lens and this one is 100.
Sorry I didn't explain myself very well
I'm looking at something to use in low light to shoot the kids indoors as none of my current lenses have large apertures and I would like freedom from constant use of flash. I figured 50mm would be a good length for this, and the price is great

The macro question was just a separate musing - I can't afford a macro lens, although I would love one, and was wondering if my lenses should be able to pick up small things at all, or if I absolutely would need a macro lens to do this with. I mostly shoot the kids to be honest anyway so it's not a huge problem
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Sorry I didn't explain myself very well
I'm looking at something to use in low light to shoot the kids indoors as none of my current lenses have large apertures and I would like freedom from constant use of flash. I figured 50mm would be a good length for this, and the price is great
In this case the nifty fifty will be perfect
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.8D AF Lens any good?

I tried out this lens a couple of days ago - very nice and quiet, slick focussing.

If you want to dabble in macro you can always add an extension tube[set] to your kit. A lot less than the price of a macro lens, but a bit of a fiddle to have to fit them just for close-ups. If interested take care with choosing extension tubes as some will not couple with certain lenses (including Nikon's own tubes).
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.8D AF Lens any good?

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In this case the nifty fifty will be perfect
Great - thank you

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I tried out this lens a couple of days ago - very nice and quiet, slick focussing.

If you want to dabble in macro you can always add an extension tube[set] to your kit. A lot less than the price of a macro lens, but a bit of a fiddle to have to fit them just for close-ups. If interested take care with choosing extension tubes as some will not couple with certain lenses (including Nikon's own tubes).
Oh I will have a look into this - thank you
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.8D AF Lens any good?

I sold mine and bought the 50 1.4 which i can say is one of the best lower end lenses Nikon make im tempted by the 35 1.8 as well im still at a bit of a loss how a 35 1.8 can be had for about 160 and a 35 1.4 is about a thousand pound more. obviously more inside but a grands worth .......................i think not
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