Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by carbonmotion, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. carbonmotion macrumors 6502a

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    I've been hearing alot of good things about the Nikkor 50mm...
    I have a D40 and I do alot of city scape shoots...

    is 50mm ultra wide angle or at the very least wider than the 17-55 kit?
     
  2. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    No. 17mm is wider than 50mm.
     
  3. karebihun macrumors newbie

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  4. thebeephaha macrumors 6502

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    Get the third party Sigma 10-20mm ultra wide non fisheye zoom.

    And no the 50 is not wide, on a digital body camera it is 75mm due to Nikon's 1.5x crop factor.

    And remember the smaller the number the wider the lens.
     
  5. shambolic macrumors regular

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    Let's also remember that the 50/1.8 is a non AF-S lens, i.e. lacks a focus motor in the lens body, and so cannot be autofocused with the D40 body.

    I can heartily second the recommendation of the Sigma 10-20, though. Has HSM (Sigma equivalent of AF-S, so will autofocus fine on the D40), well-built, and just a fantastic perspective...
     
  6. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    I'm not sure how resolute I'll be; but I've (more or less) decided to stop buying lenses for my D70 until they start refreshing the primes as AF-S. I really like my 35mm, but being able to tweak the focus without having to switch to manual mode is just too handy.
     
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    1) Set you ket lens to 50mm and look through the viewfinder. A 50mm prime will have the exact same field of view. It's a moderate telephoto on a DX format camera.

    2) I think the D40 can only use AF-S type lenses. This is one reason I don't recommend the D40. I think the 50mm is AFD. I always suggest to pick out the lenses first and then shop for a body to fit. Doing it in that order prevents this problem. I think the only AF-S prime is the 200mm f/2 which is not cheap. OK you can use the 50mm on the D40 but it will not automatically focus. You will need to rotate the focus ring

    I have the 50mm f/1.4 and it's the lens that I use second most right after the 18-70mm that was the kit lens on the D70.
     
  8. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816

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    I'm got the Canon equivalent of that 50mm Nikkor and I absolutely love it. I bought it instead of a kit lens though, so I have no zoom lens at the moment, which is kind of lame. All in all, though, a 50mm prime is a wonderful investment. I don't know about the Nikkor, but the Canon one is EXTREMELY light, which helps as well.

    Daniel.
     
  9. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    Just bought this lens a week ago for my Nikon d50, and I absolutely love it. It's a must have for any Nikonian kit!
     
  10. carbonmotion thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i use manual focus alot, actually since I don't do many action shots
     

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