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  1. #1
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    Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX vs. Nikon 50mm f/1.4G SIC SW Prime

    is there a need for both lenses? I already own the 50mm 1.4 and love it.
    D5000- Nikkor 18-55mm, Nikkor 55-200mm, Nikkor 50mm f1.4, Sigma 10-20mm, SB-600

  2. #2
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    I have both, I use the 50mm f/1.4 for "social" pictures at home, and got the 35mm f/1.8 for my vacations for the odd night time city shot. My 50mm f/1.4 is the lens I use the most at home.
    Nikon D40|Nikon D5100|AF-S 50mm f/1.4|AF-S 18-105mm DX|SB 900|SB 400|AF-S 35mm f/1.8 DX

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  3. #3
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    I have a 50mm (f1.8) but I would probably get more use from a 35mm. I find the 50mm just a little tight for the shots I generally want to take with it so if I had to have one only it would be the 35mm. Of course NAS will usually dictate that you should own both "just in case".

  4. #4
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    thanks for the help guys.
    D5000- Nikkor 18-55mm, Nikkor 55-200mm, Nikkor 50mm f1.4, Sigma 10-20mm, SB-600

  5. #5
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    I like the 35mm for indoors more then 50mm for the grandkids ...seems to be a better fit indoors but that's just me ....then if I do any portrait work I use the 50 for that also ....but that's me !
    D60 , 55/200mm nikkor ,18/55mm nikkor , 35mm nikkor , sb400

  6. #6
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    Yes, you could use both. I have been shooting with the 35mm f1.8 fro a while with the D40 and I just picked up the 50mm f1.8 as there are many times I wished I could get a little tighter....
    Nikon D90 & D5100
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    f/8 and be there...
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  7. #7
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    I often wish I had the 35mm for similar reasons - my 50mm f/1.4D seems a bit tight in the small rooms of our Japanese apartment.


    I do find myself using my 20mm f/2.8 indoors instead, though it's probably not the best for that.
    "No matter where you go, there you are."
    -Buckaroo Banzai


    Nikon D90 | Nikkor 18-105VR | AF Nikkor 50 f/1.4D | AF Micro Nikkor 105 | AF Nikkor 20 f/2.8D | AF Nikkor 70-300VR |
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  8. #8
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    i have just picked up a used 35mm af-s from ebay. I was not sure if the 50mm or 35mm would be better, however I agree with others that the 50mm could be a little tight especially indoors. Plus the 50mm is over 100 more expensive.

    Looking forward to receiving my 1st prime lens now
    Dave,


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  9. #9
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    If you had the 35 then youd be asking for a 50 cos the 35 wont get tight enuf.
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  10. #10
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    Rooz, Im not seeking advice (for once) on which lens I should go for. I have tested both focal lengths with my kit lens and for indoor use 50mm is too tight. Im more than happy with 35mm, think the original post was asking if both lenses were needed
    Dave,


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