View Full Version : For that one fixed lens. Your opinions needed.

09-04-2007, 07:44 PM
AF 28mm f/2.8D Nikkor $336
AF 35mm f/2D Nikkor $499
AF 50mm f/1.4D Nikkor $379

Which one would you get? For indoors portrait as well as outdoors scenery.

09-04-2007, 08:34 PM
#1 and #2 are a bit short for portraits. That leaves #3, which is a bit long for scenery :-(

09-04-2007, 08:42 PM
It may be a bit long for what you need.. but I highly recommend the 85mm f/1.8. It is extremely sharp and true. I have the 50mm f/1.4 and I don't even touch it when I have the 85mm available. I believe B&H sells it for $400.

09-04-2007, 08:43 PM
Tim,for portraits I would suggest you think about the 85mm. I know you dont have that listed but it is an AWESOME portrait lens! Ofocurse it wouldnt be ideal for the scenery shots, but you could ALSO get the 28mm:D:o

EDIT* Classic types faster than I do! LOL

No Control
09-04-2007, 08:50 PM
I'd say it depends which is more important to you. If scenery is more important go with the 28mm. If the portraits are more important, go with the 50mm. If they're equal get the 35mm and it will be somewhat of a compromise.

09-04-2007, 08:53 PM
Nerver mind scenery shot with this ONE fixed lens, I can use the other walk around lens on wide.
So for indoors portrait I take it that nothing less than 50 mm is a guide. I will sit check the 85 mm.
Thanks for the tips everyone.

09-04-2007, 09:07 PM
Pricey primes. You might also look at some good large-aperture zooms, like the 18-50mm Sigma. There's the 30mm f/1.4 as well, at a better price point than the Nikkor 35mm f/2.

09-04-2007, 09:49 PM
Will 85 mm not be too long for indoors portrait? I'm afraid I run out of space inside the house.

As for the other lens. Should I get:
1) D80 with Nikkor 18-70 for $1349.
2) D80 body ($1175) with Sigma 18-50 mm F/2.8 Macro ($625)?

Please don't tell me to get them all, (I will do that later :D) I need opinions getting the first 2 lenses to start with.

09-04-2007, 10:05 PM
I'd recommend your second option; I'm just using my 18-55mm kit lens right now, and I do miss the reach of a telephoto zoom lens like the 55-200mm, but that 18-50-ish range is very useful. The wide aperture and macro ability will come in very handy too - I'm missin' those a lot at present. I think you'd find the 18-50mm 2.8 a more worthwhile and long-term investment than the 18-70mm kit lens. And it's good to start off from the get-go with as good a lens as you can get; it'll keep you content a little longer.:p

Alternately, take a look at the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 macro. A bit more reach, which is good for macros, but not a constant f/2.8 aperture.

09-04-2007, 10:06 PM
I took this photo with an older 85mm f/1.8 that I rented last week to try out. I was about 7-8ft away from them if that gives you an idea of the distance you will need.


Honest Gaza
09-04-2007, 10:08 PM
Tim....I recommend you get a camera body first.

That FZ-20 and F30 ain't gunna work with those lenses :p :D

09-04-2007, 10:10 PM
I have the non-macro Sigma 18-50 that I like a lot, and most people say the "macro" version is better. Note I can get 5 keyboard keys (or one flower) in the shot with the non-macro version.

09-04-2007, 10:48 PM
Thanks Classic96. That's the exact thing I want to know.
Since I will buy Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 as well, it looks like the 85 mm is more useful to me.

Gaza: I missed out DDPhotography D80 special last winter. It was $1090 compared to now it's back to $1175. So you are gonna suggest I wait for next winter right?

09-04-2007, 10:48 PM
85mm is too long indoors. outdoors, at a large venue or in a studio its fine but otherwise its far too long imo. the 50mm f1.4 is an superb lens.

a zoom lens like the 18-50 f2.8 is great, but it cannot replace the optical performance of those fast primes by any stretch.

09-05-2007, 05:39 AM
Looks like the Sigma 18-50 wins hands down. I will just get the body with Sigma 18-50 then collecting others later. And that will be the best way I can decide whether the 50 mm or 85 mm is suitable for my situation. Thanks everyone.