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  1. dyce

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    Hi everyone. I have the Nikon D40. Pretty much a beginner SLR, which is fine for what I use it for . I was thinking of upgrading my camera to the D90 or D300. But I think I'd rather get a new lens for this year. I'd like a better
    Portrait lens. Currently I have the kit lens/35mm/55-200.

    Question, which lens for portrait. Macro or another. Thanks in advance. I appreciate the help


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    Thank you for the response. I will look at those .

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    I'm still not shooting , much, in manual. My goal is to just take better over all pics of my family. I appreciate your advice. I think the tamron may be a good option. I still get a bit confused when I look at another lens , non nikon. I need that auto focus...:)

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    I'm kinda in the same boat. I mostly just try to take decent snaps of my family and friends.

    I'm assuming the 35mm is the 1.8 lens? What makes you dissatisfied with that?
     
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    All three of those lenses will auto-focus with the D40. Your Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G should, too.

    If you upgraded to a D90 or better camera, there are less expensive portrait lenses without built-in focus motors that would auto-focus, like the $124 Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8D or the $320 Nikon AF 50mm f/1.4D.

    If you upgraded to the D300 or better camera and you were comfortable with manual focus, there are quality AI-S type manual focus lenses available that would work in aperture priority mode.
     
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    Those, too, although the 1.5x field of view crop factor gives those a 127mm or 157mm equivalent, which is rather long for indoor portraits.
     
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    Thank you for your responses.

    I have a difficult time getting a sharp image with this lens. Maybe I need to avoid a prime? I've been thinking of putting it on craigs list. Hard to let a lens go when you saved up for it for six mos...lol.

    I'm learning a lot, thank you!!

    BTW, I"m female and my real name is Kelly.

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    Such an expensive hobby :( But I love it. As far as upgrading.....I know the D40 suits my needs. I have to just tell myself that bigger camera's are just eye candy for me. I wouldn't get much out of them.

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    I know this has been said already but the 35mm should suit your portrait needs, as far as ive heard the 35mm is a sharp lens.

    Try playing around with it on your D40 and take some portrait shots.
     
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    The 35mm is a fantastic lens. Tack sharp and if you want to get creative you can get some decent bokeh with it wide open.

    Stopped down to 2.8 ~4 is sharp.
     

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