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Next Lens?

Next Lens?

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Posted: 05-20-11 6:57 PM - Views: 2166

By: Stephen Bell

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So all my gear is nikon. I am loooking for advice on my next lens.(and not my last)
My current gear consists of a D3000 and the following lenses
35mm 1.8
18-105mm 3.5-5.6
70-300mm 4.5-5.6
For portraits I have been advised to look at the AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D ($500), but recently saw the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G ($230). Is adding the 55mm too small of a jump from the 35mm?


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Reply from Philip Higgins on 09-7-11 11:53 AM

If it's a fast lens on a budget then the 50mm 1.8 will fill the gap perfectly the new AFS is well worth considering as it will be perfect for portraits and low light photos.
I wouldn't be surprised to see the 85mm f1.8 updated in the future to AFS as I'm sure most Nikon lenses will in the future.
Careful selection of your glassware will put you in good standing for any future body updates you might make :)
Reply from Stephen Bell on 08-4-11 8:58 AM

Thank for the comments, I really like your work!
Reply from Jt on 07-22-11 3:49 PM

With the smaller sensor camera, you will want the fastest lens you can get to maximize bokeh if your looking ofr a portrait lens. I would try a 50mm 1.4 or an manual 1.2 lens. Go into the store and just play with one before buying.
Reply from Phil Cousins on 07-21-11 3:56 PM

Well it all depends! Do you want a lens just for portraiture or one thats good for portraits but also other types of shot? How much do you want to spend? Incidentally the Nikon 85mm f1.4D will not autofocus on a D3000.

Regarding the 50mm f1.8 afs ( probably your cheapest option and also excellent for low light work ), you can take excellent portraits with a 50mm on a Dx camera I have several examples on my website. Personally I have always preferred a bit longer so prefer an 85mm for a prime. I m currently using a Samyang 85mm f1.4 which is as good as the Nikon equivalent but much cheaper, the snag is its manual focus like the Zeiss lenses.

For more flexibility many pros shoot portraits with a 70-200 f2.8 zoom, f2.8 is a large enough aperture especially on a longer lens. The 70-200 is expensive though, I used to use my Nikon 80-200 f2.8D but that wont autofocus on your camera either. the D3000 does nt have a focus motor in the body so you are restricted to AFS lenses if you want Nikon and autofocus.
Reply from Stephen Bell on 05-20-11 8:46 PM

Checked out the web site, very nice work.

Reply from Stephen Bell on 05-20-11 8:40 PM

So are you leaning towords the 85mm? This is my first slr, so i do not have a stlye yet.

Reply from Zach Blake on 05-20-11 7:26 PM

Zeiss, period.

Or, look at the galleries on this site and determine if there is a "look" you like.
50mm is not all that great for portraits, but it is the best for walk around shooting.
What is you favorite style of shooting?

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