50/1.8D or 35/1.8 on a D90?

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So I have both of these available to me locally.

$100 for the 50
$180 for the 35

I got the D90 so I wouldn't have to worry about AF-S glass!

Is the 35mm worth the extra money? This would be my first prime lens.

Jason
 
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Definitely. 35mm is much better for DX cameras imo, but the 50mm is also great in certain situations as well. I'd say go for the 35mm if you're short of money now, and get the 50mm after.

dL
 
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I have and use both a 35 and a 50 on DX. Just depends on what you think you might want to do. The 50mm is a short tele, which is a nice starter lens to teach you about depth of field and it can also do some nice portraits too if you're careful with your background. For a general walkaround type lens, the 35 is definitely better.
 
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I like the mix, but another option (which would cost more) is trying the 35 and 85 1.8 as a prime mix. But that would only be if you feel the 50 and the 35 are too close together :wink:

But if not the 35 and 50 is a nice and cheap set up for some great shooting!
 
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The 35 will work better inside, where I would imagine you will be taking advantage of its low-light capabilities. I'd give a slight edge to the 50 outside but it's easy to take a step or two closer outside, sometimes there isn't room to back up inside!
 
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StinkyD,

I like your setup!

D700 | 14-24 | 35 f/2 | 50 f/1.8 | 85 f/1.4 | 70-300VR | SB600x2
 
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I have both- the only time I touched the 50 was when I took it from my bag and put it back in its box.

Don't even blink...get the 35mm.
 
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I'll just get both. Haha prices are pretty stable right now so I won't lose much (if anything) if I resale one later on.
 
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I'm now used to the 50 on my D90 it's a nice portrait lens when you don't want to get too close.... I couldn't find the 35 anywhere so I got the 50, but my mind's made up on getting a 35 asap!
Get the 35 first :smile:
 
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I think the 35 1.8 and the 50 af-s 1.4 will make a better pair (similar contrast and saturation from both) both that that new look to them
 
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I don't want to spend TOO much right now as I just bought a new body and UWA.

Gotta pick up both tonight and play around with them. If I like the 50mm focal length, then I might pick up the f/1.4 somewhere down the road.

Thanks everyone!
 
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