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    Get 35mm f/1.8g dx.<400$?
    35mm f/1.4g is <2.2k$!!!
    24mm f/1.4g is <3k$????!!

    On dx, imho, 50mm f/1.x is too 'tight' for group shot in tight space, and it too 'short' for 'tele'.
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    Sigma 30 f1.4 dc.

    Close to 680 brand new?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruggink

    Obviously you haven't done your homework and probably you yourself also don't really know what you are talking about.

    Firstly, to be frank, I haven't heard of people commenting that the 50 f1.4 is not sharp. This is definitely not true. Secondly, it seems to me that you need a zoom lens but you have been considering primes which sounded very contradicting. Last but not least, all lenses can shoot portraits and landscapes. It is a matter of whether you know how to do the job or not.

    My advice is that you keep your precious 1k inside your pocket first. Shoot more, read more and get your priorities right first but you start looking for a new lens.
    I second that, keep d hard earn dollars n practice more with ur existing zoom lens

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    Quote Originally Posted by spree86 View Post
    Hmm, its true that the 50mm f1.4 is not sharp wide open, which pushed many people into buying the Sigma version
    If the comparison here is between Nikon and Sigma 50mm f1.4 copies, then I agree that the Nikon copy may not be as sharp wide open. But the comparison in this thread is not an apple-to-apple comparison. 50mm not sharp and that is why 35mm and 85mm are considered??? For me, I don't really think it works this way. Don't you agree?

    Nonetheless, it is really for the good of TS that he should shoot more first and not buy on impulse. A lot of us had been through this route and wasted $$$ so we know.
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    Been using my kit lens 18-135mm till now (4years). I'm using D80. If you can master your kit lens, everything else is a breeze. You have a good kit lens, it's sharp.

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    Try getting an sb700 with ur kit lens first. U cld be amaze by what a speedlight /flash unit can do
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    so the speedlight more important with the lens?

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    Not more important but it helps to make your photo better (in some cases) and aid you in some situations. It is something good to have.

    Flash and lens are totally 2 different thing.. so cant compare.

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    If u ask me, I say the fotographer is more important than anything....

    Yes a speedlight will aid u in dark indoor shooting, with ur kit lens.

    I say, learn more about ur kit gears before getting any another lenses
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenven Chin
    so the speedlight more important with the lens?
    It all really depends on what you shoot.

    If you are shooting landscape (purely), you'll probably only need speedlights 1% of the time when yu want to lit up some stones and structures in the dark. But if you are shooting outdoor portrait in landscape (especially at golden hours), flash (might even be studio flash) is needed all the time.

    You should really evaluate what you need to decide if it's impt for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spree86

    A lens that can shoot portrait and landscape? Your kit lens can do all that, what's the reason for upgrade? 85/35mm f1.4 are both above 1K.
    85 can shoot land landscape no problem.. Just most back more.. Lolz.. The perspective also looks kinda cool to me.. No prob to me at all..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenven Chin
    i means tat lens for protait, but not too bad in landscape...85/35 juz ask only ma.....if those r better than 50mm then i dun want buy 50 le...save more money to buy better lo..
    50mm f1.4 is the cheaper f1.4 from Nikon which I have one sitting in my cabinet with very little use.. I do agreed the color is not as good as sigma f1.4 if all setting is the same.. But I prefer Nikon brand..

    If u happens to just bring 1 particular lens.. U can shoot what ever you want with it.. Who is to say can or cannot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123

    85/1.4 and 35/1.4 are both above 2k. And they can't zoom as well.

    Shoot more with your 18-105 and learn the basics before you think of another purchase. A better lens do not make you a better photographer. And your 18-105 can shoot portraits very well too.

    If you really need a lens for portrait, just get the 50/1.8D. Cost you 100+ only.
    Alto I own a d7000.. Never get to own a 18-105.. What basic can be Learn from this lens.. Care to elaborate? Keeps seeing all these terms "a better lens do not make you a better photographer"..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenven Chin View Post
    i juz dun know other lens la...so tat y i ask all of u ma....i will try to save it la.....but i really need a lens tat give me more ma.....
    Can you define this blurry term 'more'? If not, stop this useless discussion and learn and shoot. Without knowing which technical aspect of the lens is limiting you you cannot even define what lens you would need if you needed one .. Analyze your pictures, get some books about portrait photography (skip those books or chapters demanding for certain high end lenses) and start practicing. We have gallery section and Critics Corner for feedback.
    For a start: set your kit lens to 85mm and don't touch the zoom ring anymore. The perspective is the same as any 85mm prime. Shoot.
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    Maybe you can just go ahead and buy the primes. Then you'd know!
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    Thinking about it further, I realized that with a budget of slightly above S$1,000, you can actually get the:

    1. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
    2. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
    3. Nikon AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D

    Ha! Then you'll know if they're useful or not!
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    Your kit lens is capable for many things..

    But if you die die wanna buy new lens, I would say Tammy 17-50mm f2.8 Non-VC would be a good choice and I think you will still have enough money to buy a 50mm f1.8 base on your 1K budget.

    Or fork out another 50 to 100 bucks to get a 35mm f1.8 instead of 50mm f1.8.

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    I beg to differ, a budget of 1k can probably get u the followings + reasonable filters(if u use filters). Unless u are refering to used copies? and refering to AF 50mm f/1.8D (probably 180+)
    I do agree if u shoot with primes, these are the 2 u need.....
    Quote Originally Posted by Blur Shadow
    1. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G (about 350+)
    2. Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G (about 350+)
    3. Nikon AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D (about 620+)
    Last edited by GReddyZC76; 22nd January 2012 at 07:24 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GReddyZC76
    I beg to differ, a budget of 1k can probably get u the followings + reasonable filters(if u use filters). Unless u are refering to used copies? and refering to AF 50mm f/1.8D (probably 180+)
    I do agree if u shoot with primes, these are the 2 u need.....
    Bro! The 50mm f/1.8G isn't that expensive right? Haha. If it is, then yeah, the f/1.8D then! Hehe!
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    My bad u r right! I mixed up with the afs 50mm f/1.4g price.

    Imho, 50mm is +/- 15mm between 35mm and 85mm. 50mm felt a bit 'tight' on dx.
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