The almighty 50mm Nikkor.... What?

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  1. boclcown

    boclcown TPF Noob!

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    I keep hearing about this 50 mm lens...

    I don't understand. You can't zoom?

    What's the use of a lense with a fixed zoom. I've always needed to tweak the frame of a pic a bit wit a slight zoom in or out...

    Regardless, what makes the 50mm lens good?
     
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    It's a nice sharp lens that gives you effortless depth of field, and it's inexpensive. ($100)
     
  3. skiboarder72

    skiboarder72 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    your zoom is moving closer to the subject :)

    i love mine, the optical quality will blow away any other lens you have too ;)
     
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    In my opinion, Prime lenses blow away zoom lenses any day of the week..Especially the 50mm. Just because you cannot zoom in does not make a prime lens less essential in your bag..it just means you have to know where and when to move closer or further away from your object. Prime lenses tend to be a lot more sharper than a zoom lens...The 50mm especially...wheather you get the 1.8 or 1.4, it doesn't matter, either are very sharp because you are able to stop down that low, making it a SUPER FAST lens. The faster the lens, the sharper the image, correct?
     
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    Tiberius TPF Noob!

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    That's what feet are for.

    The 50mm f/1.8 has better optics than any other lens under $1000, is super light-weight and very fast. There's nothing bad about it.
     
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    fightheheathens TPF Noob!

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    fixed lens give better optical clarity for a few reasons.
    1. there is no zoom element. thus there is much much less glass in the lens.
    2. less glass means less glass light barriers. Every time light passes between barriers (IE glass and air) it will get slightly distorted.

    All in all, less glass = much much better optical clarity. my 50mm and 28 mm primes blow the frak out of my 80 - 200 any day of the week. period
     
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    DepthAfield TPF Noob!

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    Thats what I was going to say!! :lol:

    I love my 50mm Nikkor! It is one of the most often used lenses in my bag.
     
  8. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Before the 1990's almost all zoom lenses sucked. Zoom lenses have gotten significantly better since then, but prime lenses still are almost always faster, cheaper, and have better image quality (at least in labratory testing, real world experience may vary).
     
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    boclcown TPF Noob!

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    Does Canon have an equivilant?
     
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    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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    Yes they do - 50mm f1.8 and a 50mm f1.4.
     
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    Don't forget the $1600 50mm f/1.2
     
  12. Mihai

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    They actually have a 50mm f/1!
    M.
     

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