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Old 31-01-2013, 04:02   #1 (permalink)
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35 or 50 mm?

A friend of mine bought a Nikon D3100 recently. She now wants to buy a new lens and she is dumbfounded between a 35 or a 50 mm. She just wants it to be luminous (I am not sure that's the word in English) and that it gives her a nice bokeh effect.

What would be the main differences between both?
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Re: 35 or 50 mm?

Presuming that they are going to be the f1.8 versions there is little difference between them. The 35mm will give a normal or human eye view equivalent to 50mm on a full frame camera, the 50mm will give a mild telephoto effect equivalent to a 75mm lens on a full frame camera.

Either will give good bokeh, but longer lenses are better in this respect, so maybe the 50mm is the way to go.

If she has the 18-55 kit lens she can shee the differences at 35mm and 50mm with this lens with regard to focal length.

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Re: 35 or 50 mm?

She's already flying in circles around Pixalo. ; )

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Re: 35 or 50 mm?

if it's street shooting then 35 might be the way to go,. if it's portraits then 50mm or longer say 85 might be better,. really it comes down to preference/style as some people use wide lenses for portraits,..

if there's pictures they like see what lens those images were taken with?
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if there's pictures they like see what lens those images were taken with?
In this case, the lens matters. We both do not take photos with a commercial approach, but an "artistic" one, so it comes down to which lens gives the desired look for a given series of pictures.

When you say that a 35 is more appropriate for street photography, is it because it has a wider coberture of a scene?
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In this case, the lens matters. We both do not take photos with a commercial approach, but an "artistic" one, so it comes down to which lens gives the desired look for a given series of pictures.

When you say that a 35 is more appropriate for street photography, is it because it has a wider coberture of a scene?
well, it depends, 'street' was really just an example (you could shoot street with a long lens) but most times I think people are looking to get in amongst the situation and a wider lens lets them get in close and you can get that feeling with wide lenses

35mm on a Nikon D3100 is not that wide,. really something wider could be needed

post some example pictures or links to pictures you like / style of image and that might help narrow down the search,. 35 or 50 can do many things well so really it is about your preference
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