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    Default Prime Len advice

    Hi,

    I'm using S3 Pro and intends to get a prime len but can't decide whether to get AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G or AF 50mm f/1.8G. Mainly i'll be using it for portrait shot and occasional landscape. Mostly for landscape i'll be using AF 14mm f/2.8. Need advice from experienced photographer on what should be considered when buying prime lens and how to decide which focal length to get. TIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snappez View Post
    Hi,

    I'm using S3 Pro and intends to get a prime len but can't decide whether to get AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G or AF 50mm f/1.8G. Mainly i'll be using it for portrait shot and occasional landscape. Mostly for landscape i'll be using AF 14mm f/2.8. Need advice from experienced photographer on what should be considered when buying prime lens and how to decide which focal length to get. TIA.
    i m no pro, but imho, 50 works better factoring the crop (i.e. 1.5X) which gives a preferable working focal length for portrait work.. Just my 2 cents worth..

    btw, 50 f1.8 only comes in D version..
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    simply take into consideration when conversion to 35mm.

    for me, i would take the 35mm f1.8 and then simply use a tele converter to get the portrait focal range. 50mm is kinda limiting on crop bodies unless you are very creative.
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    am no pro but currently using the 50mm 1.8 on a crop body and find that sometimes it can limit you quite a lot, and will take some getting used to.

    however, if i'm not wrong, it produces better bokeh than the 35mm cos of it's focal length, and it's cheaper. as a purely portrait lens the focal length is also just nice.

    if you don't feel the longer focal distance is a problem and will only be using it for portraits, get the 50mm.

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    50mm lens = 75mm on DX bodies, your S3 pro included.


    try it.


    my take? it's too long...


    i only use 85mm on film slr on portraits occasionally.

    to frame the face to shoulders or closer.

    other than that... it's very limiting for portraits.

    i like a 50mm better, in your case the 35mm DX


    don't take my word for it.


    rent the 2 and come out wiser before u buy it.

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    Thanks guys for your input. Really appreciate it. although still undecided, i suppose the best way is to try it out for myself. maxtheevil, you mention something about renting, where can i rent lens? Thanks.

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