About to order Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, is it worth it?

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    I am about to order the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens. Anyone recommend it or not recommend it? Any info on it or pics you have taken with it would be great!!! thanks! I want this to be a lens I use alot!
     
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    What do you find yourself most commonly taking photos of?

    What body are you using?
     
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    People/portraits, Nikon D3000
     
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    with the D3000, you will have to manually focus it, but it is a great little portrait lens!
     
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    Correct; you will need an in-body focusing motor for it to AF, which your camera unfortunately doesn't have. That said, it is an excellent lens, and a real value for the price.
     
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    AF = ability to focus with bodies that have a motor built in.

    AF-S = ability to focus on all bodies.

    Your D3000 has no motor in the body to control an AF lens so you need to find an AF-S lens. I would suggest a 35mm f1.8. The 35mm focal length is easier to use for more situations and it has AF-S to autofocus. Plus it isn't that much more expensive....especially if you can find a used one.
     
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    For the d3000 you will need to buy AF-S lenses. AF lenses will not autofocus on that camera.
     
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    Thank you so much for the info! I guess the lens that came with my camera spoiled me to auto focus! I just thought all lens auto focused. haha I'm learning so much :)
     
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    YOu can get the 35mm 1.8 at best buy. I have that lens and it stays on my camera. I also have the 50mm 1.8 but I've used it for like 2 minutes and then put it back. If you are shooting children or anything that moves, it is very hard to focus.
     
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    you should take a look at the af-s 35mm 1.8! its a little bit more expensive, but you will have the autofocus.
    you can also look at the af-s 50mm 1.4g
     

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