Best Aperture for Nikkor 50mm 1.8G?

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  1. Sw1tchFX

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    It should be just about perfect at f/5.6


     
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    Solarflare No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Just look up tests of your lenses on the internet. For example, I usually stop my 35mm f/1.8 down to 2.8 when in aperture priority, unless I want/need the additional light or the smaller depth of field, because I know that this gives me more sharpness and less distortion than f/1.8.

    Its different for each lens though, theres more than just one variable with lenses, and lens errors come and go at all apertures.
     
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    Most lenses are sharper stopped down just a little. I shot some portraits of my daughter with a 50 1.8D at both f1.8 and f2.2 and I can tell the difference in sharpness. I wanted the soft background from shooting wide open but decided the slight edge in sharpness over the slightly less blurred background was better.

    You can test it yourself easily with a newspaper on a wall outside or in a well lit area. Set your camera on a tripod and shoot at every aperture then view your results on your computer.
     
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    Absolutely outstanding information. I will try that. Well done, my friend.
     
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    HUH?? Sorry SolarFlare but a massive FAIL for photographic understanding here. You think aperture effects distortion??
     
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    This is not the first time. I've had to go through quite a few posts of his and correct statements he's made that are just completely wrong.

    He told me you'd need to use a wider aperture on a 200mm lens than on a 100mm lens while photographing the same subject because the light had to travel farther. :lmao:
     
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    Yeah, with light traveling at 186000 miles per second, I don't think focal length of the lens is going to make a difference.
     
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    Old thread, I know, but thank you for this information. I've been contemplating my lack of success with my primes, in particular my nifty 50. I've been expecting too much from f/1.8 when I should be stopping down a tad and getting crisper results that are still "fast."
     
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    Oooooh, old thread ! Such a travel back in time. I didnt even use full frame back then.

    Today I'd say - if you cannot use a lens wide open, then maybe you should get a lens that offers less maximum aperture ?

    Theres plenty more good attributes a lens can have, other than mere sharpness. Such as subject isolation, for limited DoF. Stopping down just to raise sharpness a bit, meh.

    And I'll have to add, I really dont like my AF-S 50mm f1.8. Theres nothing really wrong with it, but I never connected to it like to the AF-S 35mm f1.8 DX before. Its just kind of bland and meh. I mean if nothing else was available, sure I'd use it again. But I'd much rather pick up my Voigtländer 58mm f1.4 again ! THAT lens is definitely NOT bland. :)
     
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    I sold my 50mm 1.8G for the 58mm 1.4G -- world of difference between the two.
     
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    Would love to have the 58 1.4 but that will have to wait, quite a while, for now I'll have to stick with the Sigma 1.4 art
     

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