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Which lens? I'mOnFire 1 child; Kentucky 2133 posts
1st Jul '13

Okay so i'm looking into a portrait lens that isn't totally outrageous. I own a Nikon D3100. I was trying to figure out which would be the best option for me here.



There is:
AF-S 35mm f/1.8g
AF-S 50mm f/1.8g
AF 50mm f/1.8d



The last one doesn't have auto focus and is also about a hundred bucks cheaper than the others. I've been told this is a pretty good lens considering its price. The only problem is you have to focus manually which some would say makes it hard to take "self" portraits... not that I do that often anyway.
Which would you suggest? Is saving up the extra hundred worth the auto/manual focus? And what is the difference between the 35mm and the 50mm? There is like a twenty dollar difference in the two. Both give the bokeh effect and are great for low light settings.



Thoughts?

MzDENISE 1 child; California 15402 posts
1st Jul '13

I wouldn't get the AF one because manual focusing can suck when you are trying to take a quick picture.



I have the 35mm 1.8g and I find it's ok but I'm not in love with it.
I want the 85mm next.

I'mOnFire 1 child; Kentucky 2133 posts
2nd Jul '13
Quoting MzDENISE:" I wouldn't get the AF one because manual focusing can suck when you are trying to take a quick picture. I have the 35mm 1.8g and I find it's ok but I'm not in love with it. I want the 85mm next. "

This is what I was thinking. It would be EXTEMELY difficult to take pictures of DS and other children as well with just manual. I was looking into the 85mm as well but at the moment my budget just can't do $500 haha. $250 is about as high as I can go. I hate these damn kit lenses. They basically take pictures like any new point and shoot camera would. I have the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm. I need something new.

MzDENISE 1 child; California 15402 posts
2nd Jul '13
Quoting I'mOnFire:" This is what I was thinking. It would be EXTEMELY difficult to take pictures of DS and other children ... [snip!] ... basically take pictures like any new point and shoot camera would. I have the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm. I need something new. "


I actually really liked my 55-200mm



My 35mm disappointed me. It didn't live up to all the hype I was reading about. Still a great lens though.

wyatt.earp. 2 kids; Tacoma, Washington 2166 posts
2nd Jul '13

i have both the 50 1.8/g and the 35 1.8/g and i rarely take off my 35mm.

kuh 1 child; Penis, in, Chad 21342 posts
2nd Jul '13

I don't know much about Nikon, is that a crop sensor camera?



When I had a crop sensor camera, I always chose to use my 30mm over my 50mm, but now that I have a full frame, my 50mm (1.4) is always on my camera.




if it's a crop sensor, (i don't feel like googling)
It really depends on what and where you'll be shooting the most. The 35mm will be your best bet for shooting shots inside, because of it's wide angle.



if you'll be shooting mainly outside, then the 50mm is a great lens! again, I don't know about nikon, at all, but from the comments, one has auto focus and one doesn't? I'd go with the one with auto focus!