Nikon 50mm 1.8D for D5100.

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Hello folk,
want's some of your opinion, i'm going to buy 50mm 1.8D prime for my nikon D5100, I know my dslr won't auto focus this lens, but i don't think it will create much trouble to manual focus because i like still photography, not of moving subject.
So is it wiser to buy this lens or not?

Or should I buy Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G (4.3x) Lens to extend the focal range, but i'm havily slanting towards 50mm prime because, 70-300 won't auto focus and don't have VR. And I think it will be required in long telephoto lens for me.
 

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I wouldn't buy the 70-300mm non vr. But 70-300vr is a different story. I have one, use it a lot and it is great.

I also have a 50mm 1.8D. I hardly use it as it does not suit my type of photography
 

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You'll never be sorry for buying a Nifty Fifty, and the 50/1.8D is a danged fine choice.

I prefer the D over the G because you can reverse a D and control the aperture with the right accessories.
 

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The 70-300mm VR is an AWESOME lens, get it!!!
I wouldn't bother to get the 50mm 1.8D, get the 50mm 1.8G, its only 60$ more expensive so its well worth the added investment for the AF.
 

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I'd practice doing manual focus before buying the 1.8D, the viewfinder of the D5100 isn't great and may hinder manual focusing. If it's OK then go for it, it's a great little lens.
 

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The 70-300mm VR is an AWESOME lens, get it!!!
I wouldn't bother to get the 50mm 1.8D, get the 50mm 1.8G, its only 60$ more expensive so its well worth the added investment for the AF.


Save the 60 clams for when you outgrow your D5100 and step up to a Big Boy camera. ;)
 

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For the D5100 the 50 1.8G is a better fit. I have it and love it!
 

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I wouldn't buy the 70-300mm non vr.

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I wouldn't go near a Non VR 70-300! You really want a 70-300 VR...you will Thank us for sure.

As for the 50mm 1.8d, I have one and enjoy using it. It's really fast and works wonders in low light.
 

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I'd practice doing manual focus before buying the 1.8D, the viewfinder of the D5100 isn't great and may hinder manual focusing. If it's OK then go for it, it's a great little lens.
The D5100 has manual focusing aids.

There is Rangefinder mode (Custom Settings menu a3) - page 159 of the D5100 users manual (the pdf file on the software disc)
Rangefinder mode is not available in the Manual shooting mode, but since it's a f/1.8D the 50 mm sends distance info to the D5100's AF module and the D5100 will light the in-focus indicator in the viewfinder when focus is manually achieved at the selected viewfinder focus point.
 

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I'd practice doing manual focus before buying the 1.8D, the viewfinder of the D5100 isn't great and may hinder manual focusing. If it's OK then go for it, it's a great little lens.
The D5100 has manual focusing aids.

There is Rangefinder mode (Custom Settings menu a3) - page 159 of the D5100 users manual (the pdf file on the software disc)
Rangefinder mode is not available in the Manual shooting mode, but since it's a f/1.8D the 50 mm sends distance info to the D5100's AF module and the D5100 will light the in-focus indicator in the viewfinder when focus is manually achieved at the selected viewfinder focus point.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought the Distance information was for speedlights (to get better exposure), not for aiding the Rangefinder operation.

I have 3 lenses that are not chipped, and the Rangefinder still works.
 
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You'll never be sorry for buying a Nifty Fifty, and the 50/1.8D is a danged fine choice.

I prefer the D over the G because you can reverse a D and control the aperture with the right accessories.

How can we control aperture? D lenses don't have aperture ring.
 
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The 70-300mm VR is an AWESOME lens, get it!!!
I wouldn't bother to get the 50mm 1.8D, get the 50mm 1.8G, its only 60$ more expensive so its well worth the added investment for the AF.

Is there any other difference in G lens compared to D lens except AF? If not I don't want to spend extra bucks on AF-S lens because I don't think I will have problem in focusing it manually.
 

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One of the things that I regret not getting the D90.
 

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You'll never be sorry for buying a Nifty Fifty, and the 50/1.8D is a danged fine choice.

I prefer the D over the G because you can reverse a D and control the aperture with the right accessories.

How can we control aperture? D lenses don't have aperture ring.

All of mine do. It's commonly thought that G stands for "gelded', meaning the aperture right has been removed.
 

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