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

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by jmkiang, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. jmkiang

    jmkiang

    308
    Jul 21, 2009
    Chicago
    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
     
  2. dL302

    dL302

    306
    Aug 7, 2008
    Vancouver
    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
     
  3. SP77

    SP77

    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    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.
     
  4. lovD300

    lovD300

    517
    Feb 25, 2008
    Canada
    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!
     
  5. StinkyD

    StinkyD

    508
    Nov 29, 2008
    Utah
    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!
     
  6. lovD300

    lovD300

    517
    Feb 25, 2008
    Canada
    StinkyD,

    I like your setup!

    D700 | 14-24 | 35 f/2 | 50 f/1.8 | 85 f/1.4 | 70-300VR | SB600x2
     
  7. jmkiang

    jmkiang

    308
    Jul 21, 2009
    Chicago
    I may just get both and see which I prefer. :biggrin:
     
  8. SP77

    SP77

    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    duh! :tongue:
     
  9. StinkyD

    StinkyD

    508
    Nov 29, 2008
    Utah
    Thanks! Me too :smile:. I see you have a pretty similar mid-range prime setup. I liked 'em on DX too!
     
  10. lovD300

    lovD300

    517
    Feb 25, 2008
    Canada
    Enough to trade the FX for DX! :tongue:

    Edit: I know, I know, ... once you go FX you never go back... :Curved:
     
  11. 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.
     
  12. jmkiang

    jmkiang

    308
    Jul 21, 2009
    Chicago
    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.
     
  13. I didnt like the focal length of the 50mm on my D90, I am much happier with the 35 1.8.

    Enjoy whichever lens you purchase.
     
  14. 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:
     
  15. lovD300

    lovD300

    517
    Feb 25, 2008
    Canada
    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
     
  16. jmkiang

    jmkiang

    308
    Jul 21, 2009
    Chicago
    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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