Help choosing a 35mm

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  1. Nwcid

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    I just had a shoot yesterday in a small space and I feel like I need a 35mm lens. Could you please help me sort out my thoughts.

    I have the lens listed in my sig line. Typically when I am doing indoor sports team photos (for schools) I am either using my 50mm 1.8 (not at low aperture) or my 85mm 1.8 (not at low aperture) and this has worked well when in a gym or other large space.

    I rarely work in tight spaces, and when I do I end up using my 24-70mm 2.8 (again not a low aperture). The problem is these images seem "softer" or not as high of a quality as images taken with my primes. Basically I am not happy with the images taken with the 24-70 when used "studio/portrait" style with lighting.

    This makes me feel like I need a 35mm prime. Is the quality of a prime likely going to be better then my 24-70? I known how wider lenses effect compression, I am a little concerned about that, but I know the 35mm is a very popular focal length.

    If I do make the jump to a 35mm, as I use it so little I would like to keep the price to under $1000. While I have no current plans for needing a f1.4 lens should I just "buy once cry once" and do it?

    Really I am looking at the following lens and struggling to chose:
    Nikon f1.8 is $500. This is the cheapest.
    Tamron f1.8 is $600. I already have many of their lenses and a TAP.
    Sigma f1.4 ART is $700. It comes with dock and I have heard amazing things about this lens.
    Tamron f1.4 is $900. Same as above.
    Nikon f1.4 refurbished is $1100. It is a little over my budget, but is a Nikon.
    Nikon f1.4 is $1600. It is out of my budget based on the amount of time used.

    I think my real debated is between the two Tamron and the Sigma.


     
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    You have left out the Nikkor AF-D 35mm f/2...It is low- cost.
     
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    Both of these were with a 35 f2 AF-D, about 9 years apart.
     
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    That is because somehow I missed. I think I skipped over it when searching, assuming it was a manual lens based on body style.

    That just might be the best option. I don't want to be cheap just to be cheap, but the price and performance of this seem right.
     
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    It focuses fairly fast.... the D500 or D850 will drive it to focus with authority... price is reasonable. It uses 52mm filters. Lightish in weight.$150-$200 used, i would guess.
     
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    The backwards action of the sigma zoom turns me off from them.
     
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    The 35mm f2d that Derrel mentioned is a wonderful lens, full of character, and you can focus pretty close if ever needed. I love the rendering from this lens. It's sharp enough and the out of focus areas are very nice. Wonderful lens for black & white and film.
     
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    New they are under $400 which is a very reasonable price to spend based on my budget and use.
     
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    I looked on eBay last night and around $149 used seems to be about the going price. I believe the brand new price is $357. I used mine, which I bought used, From 2001 to 2014. I also own the 35 mm f / 2 AI-S , which is a different optical formula, And is a heavier lens. The 35mm f/2 AF-D is very light in operation, and is quite compact.

    I think that the 35 mm focal length is really quite handy for people pictures in all types of social situations, as well as for portraiture use. It is actually a pretty good event lens.
     
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