Olda-GFeatured By OwnerNov 2, 2012Hobbyist Photographer
The Nikon 50mm f1.8 G AG-S is a great lens and a real bargain. The other lenses are also very good for the price, but the 50mm will do more to accomplish shallow depth of field. It also is the only one of the three that will be compatible with full frame Nikons if you ever decide to upgrade in that direction. Others to consider are the 60mm f2.8 Micro G, and the 85mm f1.8 G. They are somewhat more expensive, but they will be better at getting a shallow depth of field.
Thanks But is there a big difference in taking portrait pictures with 50mm and the 60mm macro? I assume 50mm is more made for portait pictures, but is there actually a big significance? Because I love the 60mm macro due to easy and amazing close-up pictures, but how well would it work with portraits? Is there a reason to purchase 60mm and then 50mm as well? Or would 60mm be sufficient enough? Sorry for tons of questions, I just have problems deciding.
Olda-GFeatured By OwnerNov 3, 2012Hobbyist Photographer
Lenses are compromises. The 60mm macro gives you better close-up ability and on the D5000 it has a field of view equivalent to 90mm on a full-frame which is close to the classic focal distance for portraits. The macro capability makes it more expensive and it is slower (f2.8 vs f1.8). It's a great general purpose lens but for actual macro shooting most people prefer something around 100mm focal length to give you more working distance between camera and subject. The 50 is probably the logical choice for a first prime lens and it is a great performer.
That lens. Get it. For the price, you CANNOT go wrong. I don't own a Nikon, but if I did, that would be my first lens. 50mm is my bread and butter. Mine is a Zeiss f/1.4, which cost my a pretty penny. But seriously, I would shoot on that 1.8 any day. My Zeiss was worth it, every single penny, but for someone who's only an armature that is an EXCELLENT choice.
Thanks. Yes, indeed the price is good. So even if in the end I realise I want something different, this lens can be a good choice to see what I want. Do you mainly use it for portraits? Oh, one more question. With this lens, can you focus very close? Like, around a finger-width distance from object.