Missing my 50mm in the digital world

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by NorCalLights, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    So I might be alone in this, but recently I've been longing for the 50mm lens I used to use on my 35mm film camera. It was great to leave on at all times and throw in my bag since it was rugged and not super expensive... plus I loved how fast it was when shooting in less than ideal lighting conditions.

    But the big thing I liked about it was the angle. 50mm just feels right to me, and I enjoy the simplicity and the challenge of shooting with a prime.

    So I'm starting to look around for a lens that will give me something close to a 50mm equivalent when I use it with my D70. Any suggestions? Nothing too expensive, but quality and speed are important to me. As is auto-focus.

    Thoughts? Thanks...
  2. xPismo macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2005
    Your not. Its a common thought. What size is your ccd? With Canon's APS/1.6x CMOS the 28/2.8 is the nearest replacement. Cheap and sharp. Nikon probably has the equiv.

    I'm planning on dumping my 20/2.8 for cheap 50 & 28 primes. I miss them from my A1 days.
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Find a 35 mm of some sort. Otherwise, I don't know what you should do. They're quite expensive though when compared to the 50 mm. :eek:
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Simple answer: Nikon 35mm f/2.0 AF-D It is priced at under $300.00

    i have the manual focus 35mm f/2.0 AI-S lens. It's great I'd use it as a "normal" lens on an F2 sometimes. 50mm being a bit tight for small indoor spaces.
  5. shieldyoureyes macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2005
    Uppsala, Sweden
    I'm really suprised Nikon or Canon haven't released a cheap "standard" prime for their digitals. Sure you can get a 38mm or 35mm, but they are no where near the $100 price tag of the 50mm f/1.8. I'm going with the 28 f/2.8 and the 35 f/2.

    Then there is always the sigma 30mm f/1.4, but that is only usable on digitals.
  6. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    IMO, whether you are Nikon or Canon - a 28mm or 35mm lens should do the trick!
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I agree with you about the 50mm but I do not miss mine because I replaced it with the appropriate lens. The 50mm lens is supposed to be an average field of view of the human eye. I'm not sure how true that is, but I have held onto that theory for over a decade.
    The 50mm is by far the best. The only thing better is a nice range finder and I'm sad to say my last range finder saw it's sudden death and repairs cost more than replacement.
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    So you got something like a 35 mm? I think the OP is asking why we can't have a dirt cheap "standard" lens for the smaller digital sensors. If you got a 35 mm standard lens, then great, but I still think he has a point if he's asking for a cheap option, like the 50 mm has always been.

    What do you mean by field of view? I think that on a 35 mm or full frame camera, a 50 mm lens approximates the angle view that your eyes are capable of focusing on. I mean sure, you have a peripheral vision of something like 140º, but not all of this is in focus. On the stuff near the centre of your line of sight is focused. The 50 mm can capture photos at an angle that approximates what's in focus in real life (ie: what your eye's macula(r) can concentrate on). With a camera, you'd have to zoom in a little bit more to make things look the same size and distance away through your camera when compared to what you see using only your eyes.
  9. NorCalLights thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    That's exactly what I'm saying. I'm gonna run out to my photography shop and pick up a 35mm f/2 this weekend and try it out, but it'll probably cost me twice what a 50mm f/1.8 would. I'm okay with that though... as a lifelong Mac user, I'm used to paying premiums for the things I enjoy.

    I'll also look at the Sigma. Since I already have a 35mm manual focus lens for my manual body, an all digital lens would be fine.

    Thanks for the help, everyone... it's good to hear that I'm not alone.
  10. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000


    Dec 9, 2001
    State of Denial
    Well, if you've got a (say) 28-70mm kit lens, you could always just leave it on 35mm. :shrug:
  11. NorCalLights thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    Which isn't the same at all as a 35mm prime. That kit lens isn't nearly as fast as f/2 and a zoom will never be as sharp as a prime at the same focal length.

    A zoom is a tool, but if I don't need that tool, I'll take a prime.

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