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Should I get a Nikkor 35-70mm zoom lens or a Pentax 50mm f2.0 lens? Which would be better?
 

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The 50mm is going to bar much sharper. Less elements. 35-70 seems awfully silly to me. I think it would be better to have a 28-80 zoom.
 

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Well the Nikkor 2.8 zoom is in a completely different price range than a 50mm lens.
 
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Is a zoom lens better than a non-zoom lens? What are you experiences? Which would generate a better photo?
 

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Generally speaking fixed focal length lenses are sharper than zoom lenses. There are more elements in a zoom lens. Nikkor does make some very fine zoom lenses that rival prime lenses in sharpness. Also zoom lenses are not as fast as prime lenses. Usually you get F4-5.6.
 
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Thanks for all the help, I think I'm going with a the Pentax 50mm lens.
 

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