Prime lens needed for d80


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Aug 11, 2007
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I'd like to get a VR lens for my d80 but they are way out of my budget right now. So I'm thinking of getting a fast prime lens that won't break the budget.

Is there any specific one that you guys would recommend?
that would be a 75mm right? Once you do the digital camera multiply thing. So I guess I need more like a 28mm, if I actually wanted a 50mm.
50mm is great.
(it's for his d80 he
Doesn't matter if it's a bit longer...the 50 is still an awesome lens.
32mm is a normal lens for digital...but I dono if they make em...never really looked.
One of the lenses that Garbz mentioned I use very heavily, the 35mm f/2.0. It's about normal focal legnth for the clipped chip and is super sharp. Almost all my band available light pix are shot with this lens. That and the 50 f/1.8 are my stable for available light work and have been for years.

I see that these lenses have the fstop on both the barrel. Do you have to set the fstop on the barrel and the camera. Or If you set it on the barrel does the camera show this? Or can you set it on the camera and it will automatically set it on the lens?
No, you just set the aperture ring on the lens to it's minimum setting and lock it there. The aperture is then set with the cameras finger wheel. The ring is there so the lens is backwards compatible with older Nikon mount cameras that didn't have the finger/thumb wheel system.
I second the recommendation for a 35mm f/2 and/or a faster 50mm. As I still shoot both 35mm film and APS-C digital, I usually carry a 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/1.4. I wouldn't be without either, but on the dSLR the 35mm would be closest to a 'normal' prime, and it'll be good even shooting wide-open.

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