Nikon 35mm f/2 D or 50mm f/1.4 D ?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by nht800, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. nht800


    Aug 26, 2008
    Missouri, USA
    I'm very new to this helpful and friendly forum; and this is my first post.

    I think I may get either 35mm f2 or 50mm f/1.4 D sometime for indoor and low light activities. Regardless the different focal ranges, which one may give better sharpness and colors?
    They are pretty closed in price. I ever had 50mm 1.8 however I'm not very pleased about its sharpness so I gave it to my friend.
    I'm using D80.
    Thanks a lot for your inputs.
  2. Connahhh


    Oct 27, 2007
    I think the 35/2 will be better suited indoors due to the focal length. Both are sharp lenses.
  3. onemorelens


    Jul 3, 2007
    Welcome to the forum. I think they're both excellent esp for the price and size but on a DX sensor the 35/2 is a much more useful FL for me and I think this is the case for most shooters.
    I have both and by f/2.8 both are very sharp and this the aperture I use the most for these lenses. For both lenses f/2 is very usable but not quite tack sharp when looked at 100%.
  4. neimac


    May 26, 2008
    Id go for the Sigma 30mm 1.4 myself. This is the next lens im gettin.
  5. I have a 50 f1.4 and i find myself backing up against the wall and needing to back up further to get a full length shot of a family member, i hope to get a 35 f2 soon.

  6. tomtodeath


    Jan 11, 2007
    new jersey
    I had the 50, now I have the 35, but now I miss the 50. Ill be getting a Sigma 30/1.4 and another 50/1.4 soon.
  7. truflip


    Jul 28, 2008
    Ottawa, ON
    I had the 50mm 1.4 for two weekends. It's nice at f/2.2 but so is the 1.8 at f/2.5 --
    You should have kept your 1.8 unless you got a really bad copy or something.
    Anyway, for indoors, go with the 35 f/2 or a Sigma 30/1.4.
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  8. onemorelens


    Jul 3, 2007
    The Sigma 30 is very good but quite a bit larger than the 35/2 and 50/1.4. I love the latter 2 for their compact size. The 30 has excellent center sharpness but the 35/2 is better at the edges/corners. The 30 vs 35 has been debated endlessly - they're both good just in slightly different ways.
  9. nht800


    Aug 26, 2008
    Missouri, USA
    Thank you all for your advices. If they are both great lens, then I will go with 35mm f2 for more versatile focal range. Thanks again.
  10. I much prefer the 35/2 on DX over the 50mm.

    Actually on FF I still really like the 35/2 - the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 didn't do a lot for me, I thought for wide open shaprness (why you buy a fast lens) the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 outperformed it massively @ f/1.4 - with better bokeh too.
  11. I have both, 35mm used to be my favorite on the d300, now the 50mm is the new favorite on the d700...
  12. kgill


    Jul 25, 2007
    I think you should get the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 AIS (manual focus)....
    I just got one and love it so much I bought a second copy for my husband.
    I had just bought him a 30mm f/1.4 Sigma, which I will be able to test only in a month. Then I will let you know which I prefer. The 35mm f/1.4 AIS is magical though!! Amazing.
  13. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    despite what some might say my 50 1.4 is amazing at 1.4 but on a DX body I'd get the 35/2
  14. nht800


    Aug 26, 2008
    Missouri, USA
    Thanks kgill. Unfortunately, I think I can not focus manually on my 17 months old son who is never still for photos. I have 3.5-5.6 zooms but they are not fast enough to capture him as well. That why I decided to go with a good prime. Thanks