What do these lenses specialize in?

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  1. KmH

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    Your D3200 has a feature called Rangefinder, that helps you manually focus a lens that communicates distance (D) information to the AF module in the camera, but that does not have an AF motor in the lens.
    See page 142 of your D3200 Reference Manual.
    Also see pages 167 for Compatible Lenses, and page 169 for Compatible Non-CPU Lenses information.


     
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    Between the 35 and 50, YOU need to decide is you want a "normal" lens or a short tele.
    DX 35mm = FX 53mm, DX 50 = FX 75mm

    I had this same quandry and finally went with the 35 on my DX camera, because for ME, it let me shoot closer and wider. Because many times I want to use a faster lens closer, rather than a more distant scene.
    So you have to think about the same thing.

    One way is to look at what focal length you shot more with your 18-55, 35 or 50?

    But the curve ball is that I would pull out the 35/1.8 for LOW light work, not general daylight shooting. So just looking at your historical photos may not tell you the right story, if most of the photos were daylight shots.
     
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    Thank you for this! I never even considered changing how I stand or depth of field.
     
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    Ohhh okay! Thank you, I didn't see that. It was a lot of new terminology all bunched up together.
     
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    I went with the 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX lens over the 50mm. I wanted the faster lens when indoors and the 35mm covers more area than the 50mm - that helps where you are limited on how far you can back up from your subject. Some people go with the 50mm f/1.8G AF-S lens - often looking to take portrait style shots of people with the DX camera - using the large aperture to give a small depth of field to help separate the subject from the background. Both of these are prime lenses (fixed focal length) you can take your 18-55mm zoom and set it to 35mm for a day and then do the same another day with the lens at 50mm - see what you prefer as a focal length for what you like to shoot. What you can't do right now is see the effect of shooting at f/1.8 - for that you need to pick up one of these lenses.
     
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    35mm would be my choice. I just shot photos of our local Christmas parade with a 50mm. Standing on the sidewalk was too close and I couldn't back up without having someone stand in front of me.
     
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    As is often the way the question in the title is not actually the same as in the post. Yes as @Designer & @ronlane pointed out the kit lenses specialize in being affordable, and covering the bulk of photography. They're not the best option for anything, but good enough for most.

    When it comes to choosing between 35mm & 50mm primes (The affordable options for a fast prime) the FOV from your kit zoom set at the same focal lengths will show what FOV to expect from the primes. Try going round shooting with the kit taped in each focal length position in turn for an hour or so. You may find one setting suits you much more than the other.

    If you find a FOV wider than either of these is more to your liking there are reasonably affordable manual focus options from third party suppliers, that you might get within your budget. My used Samyang 10mm f/2.8 was ~£100 but I find it much more difficult to compose with than a 35 or 50.
     
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