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May 29, 2012


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Most commonly used lens? (+ Opinions on getting 50mm!)

peppermint-ambi Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm wondering what lens is generally most commonly used, and what type of photography you use it for?

Also, I want to get a 50mm for my D3100 (I have a 18-55mm kit lens and a 55-200mm), and I'm wondering exactly how versatile it is.
I'm loving the low light capabilities and shallow DOF, but I know I'm gonna have to really adjust to using a fixed focal length lens, plus due to availability I think I'd be getting the non AF-S version, which I'm hoping wouldn't be too much of a drawback.
Also considering the crop factor on my camera body, would it be a better idea to go for a 35mm?
Anyone have any advice for me?

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Viator-Defessus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
For my Canon my primary lens is a 24-105mm f/4L because it's a very nice, light, general use lens. I have a 50mm f/1.8 prime though and I like it, especially for the price. The next lenses I'm looking to get are a 70-200mm f/4L IS USM and a 300mm f/4L IS USM to retire my current telephoto, a 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS.
rebel-bambi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
My most used is a 50mm f1.8. Cheap use while I'm waiting for my f1.4
OldaGardner Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
The Nikon 35mm F1.8 AF-s is a nice inexpensive walk around lens for normal perspective on a crop sensor body. However, if depth of field effects or portraits are more to your liking you would get more out of the 50.
Delahkel Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Photographer
My most used lens at the time, which is also my walk around lens is my 24-105...I wish to buy a 50mm lens though as a walkaround, as it's much lighter, and seems to be enough for what I need it to.
kgallant Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
I got a 18-105mm lens with my Nikon, and I find that it is a very well rounded lens for studio and outdoor use. My next purchase will be a 35mm lens I think, for the closer Depth of Field.
Mr-Java Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Photographer
Check out the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX. Its a 50mm equivalent lens of DX bodies like the D3100.
Caliphos Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I greatly enjoy the 50mm I have for my D3100, though my lens is only MF (way cheaper than the AF version that was available at the time). I usually carry my standard 18-55 and 50mm with me, though I've come into the habit of bringing my 55-200mm with me more places (but it feels really big). I would certainly advise getting it; the shots I can get with it are quite different (at times) from when I use other lenses, in a noticeable way.
peppermint-ambi Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha I have exactly the same situation with the AF-S thing. Do you ever find yourself wishing it had AF-S?
Caliphos Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes and no. Yes becaue with the AF-S, I can get a certain amount of clarity that I can't otherwise, but by not having AF-S, it creates a challenge for me to get just the right shot that I want. So I, ultimately, consider it a sort of virtue and a vice.
Caraway Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Photographer
In terms of 50mm versus the 35mm, I would recommend the 50mm. True, the 35mm will give you roughly the same framing as a 50mm on a full-frame, but the 35mm still shows some of the qualities of a wider lens. The Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8 is the only option I can think of that you might consider for your camera, and its 40mm and 50mm cousins generally perform better.
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