Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens

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  1. mcopan

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    Im a noob. Why are there so many people with this 50mm f1.8 lens. What are the features, pros and cons to this lense. I also want a 50mm-200 mm lense. I have had Tamron lenses before and didnt like them with a cheap. Lens suggestions.
     
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    your gonna have to buy it. this is the only explanation i can give you :p:lmao:
    its a GREAT lens for protrait, it has a wide aperture and its SHARP
     
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    Mcopan, which Tamrons have you had before and what didn't you like about them?
     
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    i had a two of them. i honestly dont remember what I had. They felt very loose when spinning the collar to adjust the zoom.
     
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    Yes. I have a (Japanese) Pentacon branded zoom like that. a 35-70. Looks quite solidly made until you handle it! Tamron made some decent primes though. Don't be put off totally.
     
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    Ive shot some "framable" photos with the D80 I had before with a simple kit lens. I have seen this website on the other threads around hear with some amazing shot with wide angle lenses 15mm and so on. I don't have all the money in the world and see that lenses can take up a good chunk of the pocket book.
     
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    I'm the same! Your question is one asked many times. The answers are kind of generic. Its a quality brand with great experience in designing/testing/making/marketing camera optics. So its good and for most people its more than good enough. Sharp, natural color rendition, well corrected for distortion, good build, neautral/pleasing bokeh. Nikon have successfully sold thousands of them and continue to do so because it's a quality tool. What you need is some example pictures made with it.
     
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    It's very cheap while still being very fast (f/1.8) and very sharp. Simple lens that's a great addition to anyone's bag.

    It might be worth noting what camera you have, as this doesn't auto-focus on any Nikon body under the D90. It's not AF-S, which means that it doesn't have a focus motor in the lens itself. The camera body must have a focus motor in it to be able to auto-focus.
     
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    Im shooting with a Nikon D5000
     
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    The 50mm f/1.8 will not auto focus on the D5000. Metering and everything will work, so you can still use it just fine, but it won't AF.
     
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    Yep, you would have to manually focus the lens.

    But, your D5000 will help you do that.

    The AF 50 mm f/1.8D is an electronic lens and sends distance info to the D5000.

    You turn the lens focus ring, and when focus has been achieved the camera will light up the in-focus indicator light in the D5000 viewfinder.

    The 50 mm is an ok portrait lens focal length , but the 85 mm or 105 mm, or 200 mm focal lengths are better.
     
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    The D80 has a focus motor as well.
     

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