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|11-11-2012 06:30 PM|
I traveled 8 months through Mexico this year with the d5100 and 35mm combo. I loved it - great shots, small, light-weight, stealthy. Great cam, great lens. And there is a solution for when you're faced with something big that you want to capture - take multiple exposures and stitch them together after. Its more work, but the results are great:
I also recommend adding a Black-Rapid style sling strap for the perfect DSLR travel rig. These straps are amazing with the D5100 and 35mm. Walk around all day without feeling the camera weight at all, and the camera hangs by your side, out of the way and unnoticed until you bring it up to shoot. Chinese Ebay knockoffs are cheap and just as good.
|11-10-2012 08:47 PM|
This lens is really nice! When I'm trying to shoot in daylight with a minimal kit, I'll go out with just my 18-55, and maybe my 55-200 for reach. With my 18-55, I tend to shoot at the extremes of the range rather than 35mm, so I don't really prefer the 35mm as my main walkaround. But if I want versatility, I bring my 11-16 and my 35mm instead of the 18-55. Definitely, if it's going to get dark, the 35mm is the way to go.
For the price, it's a really nice lens. It's not strictly superior to the 18-55, both are good in different situations, so you might as well get both and give yourself the flexibility. When you choose your kit, even if you're like me and shoot at many lengths, just remember that you don't need to cover every focal length. As long as you don't have gaps much greater than 2x, you're pretty good, because these cameras have plenty of resolution and you can always crop down instead of zooming.
|11-10-2012 02:18 PM|
You can use your F2s lenses, as long as they are Ai or Ais. The easiest way to tell is if they have holes in the little rabbit ears, for light to pass through. Otherwise, the earlier lenses, usually labelled with a letter like Nikkor-P, Nikkor-H, Nikkor-O, etc will damage the camera if you try to mount them.
As for lenses to pick up, since the sensor is smaller, you just have to calculate an apparent crop factor to the lenses. Other than that, I assume you know which lenses you want! A 35mm is a good normal lens. A 50mm, using the 1.5 crop factor, would act like a 75mm lens while mounted on your camera, which I find to be not very usable. For my own uses, it's too long for general photography, and too short for telephoto photography, so I'd skip it. As for a midrange zoom lens, if you want good image quality, your best choices are the 18-105mm or the older 18-70mm if you're on a budget and want Nikon, the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 if you want something faster (non-VC version. This is the lens I personally use, and I think it's far and away the best choice for our camera, with the only downside being that it doesn't autofocus on lower-end Nikons), or the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 OS if you want an f/2.8 zoom with image stabilization. After that, consider one of the great macro lenses (Nikon 60mm, Tamron 60mm, or any of the Tamron/Tokina/Sigma/Nikon lenses between 85-105mm). If you want a portrait lens, grab yourself the Voigtlander 58mm or the Tamron 60mm.
Feel free to message me if you want more information, so that we don't clog up this thread. But yeah, get this 35mm lens. It should be a staple of EVERY Nikon digital shooter's kit.
|11-10-2012 11:12 AM|
|jboo123||just fell heir to a D-200 and need a couple of good lenses to get started with. from the comments and my reading it looks like either a 35mm or 50mm would be a good bet for a fixed lens, but what would you recommend for a zoom? i've shot with a F2s up to now so this is new territory for me.|
|11-10-2012 09:45 AM|
FYI: If you are my age and learned to take photos on a 35mm film camera (Good Old days), a 35mm is the same as the 50mm "walk around" lenses we used to use (it's very close to the naked eye, which is one of the great things about it). Due to the sensor sizes, the 35mm Digital is simular to a 50mm (film), and a 50mm is similar to the 70mm Film that's the standard for portraits.
Basically if you own a Nikon DLSR, I recommend the 18-55 zoom you got with the camera most likely, a 35mm, a 50mm, and a 50-200 (or somewhat near that focal length) zoom. for 98% of you, that will cover everything out there. =-). You'll find the 35mm is the goto lens to "capture" the scene, as like I said it's near the view of the eyes. It's also a fast piece of glass, therefore it works great in low light conditions... you'll find that many times you won't need a flash, and that allows you to get a more "natural" looking picture.
So basically, if you don't own this lens yet... get it!
|11-10-2012 09:38 AM|
The Nikon Part is 90 days... and really on a lens... they either work or they don't... and 9 times out of 10 when they don't it's because someone dropped it.
I used to work IT for a High School district, and cameras was one of the things we serviced (or really, we sent out to Nikon for repair). I can tell you out of hundreds of cameras, I think I sent back dozens of lenses back, and all but one was a physical damage (but Nikon usually would fix it for a fairly low cost...) The one was suspect, but Nikon fixed it anyhow under warranty as it was only a couple months old.
I'd walk into the classrooms and see kids balancing the cameras on the lenses, (it's not their $800 Camera... why take care of it?), and the teachers didn't care, they figured that way they can get a newer model when the kid broke them.
|11-09-2012 03:07 AM|
Damn, both this and the 50mm are OOS
I've been especially waiting for this lens to go on sale and I missed out
|11-08-2012 12:17 PM|
|11-08-2012 08:33 AM|
FYI: The 50mm f/1.8G (the newest version) is on sale (refurb) right now:
I have the previous version, the f/1.8D, which has always been rock-solid for me (and can be bought for around 1/2 to 2/3 of what the f/1.8G usually goes for). Amazon has it for about $120 right now (new):
|11-08-2012 08:02 AM|
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|11-07-2012 06:24 PM|
|keane007||oh not sure which to get now.|
|11-07-2012 06:20 PM|
My main site for reviews is dpreview.com, but they do not have a site review for this particular lens. I might have jumped the gun on that particular lens because others have posted on Ken Rockwell's credibility. I'm not here to insight a flame-war and am definitely on the composition side of things compared to hardware reviews when it comes to taking good pictures. I just wanted people to realize that if they are like me (on a tight budget, want NEW components if possible, and want to be able to take awesome shots of 90% of normal events) that this prime and a 55-200VR is tough to argue against!
|11-07-2012 06:20 PM|
Buy Canon Lens for Canon.
Buy Nikon Lens for Nikon.
|11-07-2012 05:57 PM|
Here, you should find most of the information from this site. I learnt a lot from them as well.
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