Nikon 35mm f/1.8

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  1. akazoly

    akazoly TPF Noob!

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    I have a Nikon D40X camera and I'm considering buying this lens: Nikon 35mm f/1.8
    As you probably know, my camera doesn't have a built-in focus motor, and my choices are limited due to my reduced budget:

    - Nikon 50mm f/1.8 (manual focus only)
    - Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8
    - Nikon AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6 G ED DX VR

    In the past I had the 50mm f/1.8 lens, but I sold it due to the lack of auto focus. I used to shot flowers with the 50mm lens. I took these photos with the 50mm:

    Hibiscus rosa-sinensis | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
    Red tulips | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Can I take similar photos with the 35mm lens ? In other words can I get close to the flower as the 50mm?
    Is the "35mm f/1.8 AF-S" lens a better alternative to the "50mm f/1.8", in my case?

    I would be grateful for any suggestions. Thanks!
     
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    You will not have as tight of a crop with the 35mm vs 50mm. The d40x has a 10.xx mega pixel sensor so cropping the picture after it was taken should still produce decent quality/size prints.

    I have the 35mm f/1.8 and I wish I would have gotten a 50mm or longer focal length fast prime. But for $200 the 35mm f/1.8 is hard to beat. I would love to have the 85mm f/1.4 but that is $1000.

    BTW the 35mm f/1.8 works great!
     
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    I have the 35 mm lens and it is great! It rarely leaves my camera!
     
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    djacobox372 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You should be able to get similar results because the 35mm can focus closer then the 50mm, making up for the wider fov/dof. The working distance won't be as comfortable, but it's achievable.
     
  5. akazoly

    akazoly TPF Noob!

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    As far as I know the 50mm f/1.8 and the 35mm f/1.8 have the same focus distance, 1 foot.
    Can someone show me some flower photos taken with the 35mm lens?

    Thanks!
     
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    I wouldn't call them good pictures but here are two taken with the 35mm f/1.8

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    djacobox372 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Not according to the specs. 50mm is listed at 1.5 feet, 35mm is 1 foot.

    The wonderful thing about the internet is that we no longer a stuck to just "what we know," we can actually look things up. ;)
     
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    akazoly TPF Noob!

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    @edouble Thank you!
    I heard is hard to obtain Shallow Depth of Field at 35mm, but your images looks great. What do you think how shallow is the Depth of Field at 35mm f/2.8 ?
     
  9. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Do you know what a DOF calculator is:

    Online Depth of Field Calculator

    Experiment with different settings in the calculator and you will know how the 35 mm does for DOF rather than relying on second hand information.
     
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    Fedaykin TPF Noob!

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    Also, wait a week to see if the rumored upgrade to the 35mm Nikkor is announced or not. Then maybe this one will lower in price. Just something to consider.
     
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    If that's the case then get the hopefully-soon-to-be 50mm f/1.2
     
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    At very close subject distances depth of field is virtually identical with any lens...it's hard for many people to believe this, but at close range, like on these lily photos edouble posted, the depth of field with a 60mm macro lens and a 180mm macro lens is virtually identical if the image size of the subject is the same with both lenses...if you try the experiment, you will find that out for yourself...at very close ranges and relatively high magnification ratios, depth of field is independent of focal length,and depends on magnification ratio. When I first heard that I could hardly believe it, and it took a side-by-side 60 vs 180 macro test to make me understand that principle.

    Shallow DOF is easy to get in the close-up range, with any lens.
     
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