50mm or 35mm?

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  1. JohnnyL

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    Hi , so I was set on the Nikon 50mm f1.8 because it's sharp and works well in low light but my friend recommends the 35mm f1.8 instead! He says , because I'm using a Nikon D80 ,which has a 1.5x crop factor , the 50mm will become a 75mm. So I'm wondering , do the numbers really matter? Is a 75mm bad? Why would a 35mm be better than a 50mm?

    Reasons I want the 50mm , as I said above , is image quality and allows for low light. I also don't mind a prime lens instead of my current 18-55. In fact , I rather have a prime lens on the camera more than the 18-55. Also , the 50mm is '' cheap and good '' but the 35mm is almost double the price , which makes me lean toward the 50 but more importantly , which would be better for me?

    Lastly , which of these lenses would be better for street and walking-around photography?

    Thanks!
     
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    Depends on what you intend to shoot most with it. 50 would make a better portrait lens. 35 better for landscapes/scenics, in general. Probably not a bad idea to have both focal lengths covered, whether it be primes or zoom.
     
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    With the new AF-S 35mm priced at $200.00, I have seen several of the older AF Nikkor f/2 lenses for sale priced between $100.00 - $125.00

    Unless you shoot with a D40 and need AF-S lenses you could cover both the 35mm and 50mm focal lengths with nice used lenses for a total of $250.00 or so.

    I liked my 35mm f/2 pretty well, but decided to go with zoom lenses for fewer lens changes, so I sold it awhile back.
     
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    Your friend is right, with the crop factor it is 75 mm, which I find comfortable, especially on the "street". I have the 35 mm F2 and it is also a very fine lens. I do find it more at home indoors or in settings that are a little tighter. I say get the 50 mm and really give it a workout, and then down the road the 35 or even the 20 mm would be a good addition.
     
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    Why not set your current lens at 35mm and 50mm and see which one will fit you better?
     
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    +1.

    Or head into the shop with or without your camera, usually at henrys they can mount any lenses to try out for me. Try both out see which one you like better and buy it. (ps. Post some pictures when you have it;))
     
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    Exactly!

    You should do at least one of the following:

    1. Set your current zoom to 35mm and use tape to fix it at that FL. Now go shoot the type of thing that you shoot with this "new fast lens". Do this for a good long shooting session or two (over more than one day). Now repeat with the lens fixed at 50mm. After reviewing both sets of pictures, consider which FL best fits that type of shot you'll use the "new fast lens" for.

    2. Using an application that can review the EXIF data in image files, review all of your recent (last year, last 6 months, ...) images that would be similar to what you'd shoot with the "new fast lens" to see what FL you used most frequently.
     
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    Bollucks! This is internet dribble.

    If you have a 35mm lens or a 50mm lens, that is what you have... period. The focal length does not change. However, the field of view (FoV) does narrow. Do more research to find out the difference.


    I have the 35mm f/2 & the 50mm f/1.8. Both are fine lenses. I do not endorse DX lenses personally, but the new 35mm f/1.8 is supposed to be a nice lens. For street type photography, I think you will find the 35mm a good focal length, but then again, so is the 50mm. I also have a D80.

    Go into a local shop and try both of them out, unless you do as suggested above. But due to the fact the either of these lenses ARE NOT kit material, there will be a difference in what you can accomplish with them versus the kit lens at the respective focal lengths
     
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    Because the 18-55mm kit lens is a DX lens and will not give you the same field of view and 35mm and 50mm prime non-DX lenses. Also, the 18-55 kit lens has TERRIBLE barrel distortion at the lower focal lengths... even at 35mm you start to see it.

    The 35mm and the 50mm are really good lenses, but have different applications. Personally, I find the 50 to be more versatile and less specialized.
     
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    The 18-55mm VR kit lens has very little barrel/pincushion distortion (except at the 18mm focal length, where the barrel distortion is somewhat pronounced.)
     
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    Hm...

    I don't know about the VR version. I have the 18-55mm non-VR version. I almost never use the thing due to the excessive distortion.
     
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    Completely incorrect, wrong, and balderdash!

    A 35mm DX lens and a 35mm FX lens are both 35mm lenses and will deliver exactly the same FOV when used on a DX body. Even when used on an FX body, they will yield the same subject size from identical subjects at identical distances. The difference is only that the FX lens will provide a large enough image circle to cover a 24x36mm image (42mm image diagonal) while a DX lens won't. A DX lens will generally be limited to a 28-30mm image diagonal.
     

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