Going to Japan, need some advice

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  1. oracle

    oracle TPF Noob!

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    I'm going to Japan next month, staying for 10 days in Tokyo & Kyoto. I have a Nikon D60 with the 18-55mm kit lens and also the 35mm f/1.8 prime. I'm pretty much a complete beginner and was wondering if the 35mm will be a good walkaround lens, I don't have a speedlight and didn't plan on buying one before this trip. I'm not really going to Japan for "sightseeing" persay, and I don't want to have to be swapping lenses so I just wanted some advice on if the 35mm prime would be good capturing shots during my adventures.

    I guess what I'm really wondering is which is more beneficial for urban shots, extra focal length or the faster lens.
     
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    I think the 35 mm f/1.8 prime is a great choice for urban / candid shots.
     
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    agreed :)
     
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    a 50mm lens would be good too, it's like looking out of your own eye. :)
    lucky you, by the way!
     
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    you could pick up a nikon 50mm 1.8 for like $125, so i would add that to your collection. Those two would be perfect for the trip.
     
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    :thumbup:

    The 35 mm on a d60 is like having a 50 mm on a film SLR. It is the perfect all purpose lens. Use your feet to zoom in and out.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. Looks like I'll just take the 35mm and leave the 18-55 at home.
     
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    A 35mm on a crop sensor gives you a the crop view of a 50mm lens. It still retains the characteristics of a 35mm lens in terms of visual perspective. Less than 50 mm tend to widen the perspective, over 50 mm tend to compress the perspective.
     

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