New lens time but what one.

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Right guys I have a Nikon D3100 with the kit lens plus the 55-300mm lens.
Now I have £90 worth of Tesco vouchers burning a hole in my pocket that I can double up.
Is there any point getting either of these two if so what one?
I was wanting a macro lens ideally.

http://www.tesco.com/direct/nikon-af-s-nikkor-50mm-f18g-lens/212-5941.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=212-5941

http://www.tesco.com/direct/nikon-4...d-lens/754-0672.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=754-0672

Cheers.
 
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Add this one to your list as well.

http://www.tesco.com/direct/nikon-3...-c1dc-4a69-8fc6-93b94289307e.0&skuId=254-6445

Any of the 3 lenses would be a great addition to your kit.

The 35/1.8 is a fast lens, and gives you the "normal" view. Great for indoor snaps.
The 40/2.8 is a specialized macro lens.
The 50/1.8 is very similar to the 35/1.8, but give you a mild telephoto view, which is better for portraits.

So your choice should be based on your subject preferences. Do lean towards general purpose photography? Get the 35. Bugs, flowers, and product photography? Get the 40. People pics? Get the 50.
 
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I'd go for the 35 1.8. great lens! I use a 50 mm for all of my portraits on a FF camera, so the 35 on the D3100 would be perfect for that kind of work. Although you can't go wrong with the 50 either :)
 
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Cheers for the help guys but I need to rule out the 35mm as I cant double up my vouchers for it plus its out of stock anyway.
 
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I say the 40 micro. It can also be used as a normal prime for your DX camera. You will have fun exploring the macro world.
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For me, I prefer the 50 over the 35, but that's me.
What you want to do is put your 18-55 kit lens on, set it to 35mm and put a small amount of tape to hold at that FL and shoot for a while (maybe a day or two), and then do the same at 50mm...

You will know after a while what FL you prefer and which is a more useful to you and also look at your images from both these FL to see what you want more from them, or what you're missing.

Then get the prime that fills your needs and wants... This is the best way to do it as everybody has their preference in FL in what and how they shoot, and it will reflect this in their recommendations.
This way You can make up your own mind to what you like...
 

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