Nikon Street Photography + Portrait Lens Advice

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by carbonmotion, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. carbonmotion macrumors 6502a

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    I'm doing some street photography and non-traditional portraits and I have a APSC Nikon. I like lots of smooth and easy bokeh, which lens should i get the Nikkor 35mm F/1.8 or the Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8? I've already done some research on this topic, but I'd really appreciate some user feedback. Thanks!
     
  2. The Mad Kiwi macrumors 6502

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    I'd go for 50mm on a crop camera, preferably a 1.4, which one depends on what your budget is.
     
  3. carbonmotion thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Kai from Digital Rev said the bokeh on the Micro-Nikkor is way better, I have a 1.8G Canon Prime, it was a little much on a APSC-C 30D.
     
  4. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    i say the 35 only because its faster for night time stuff.
     
  5. carbonmotion thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I wonder if the bokeh is as easy to get thought.
     
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  7. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

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    Every lens has different bokeh characteristics, you really need to read up on reviews of each lens and look at samples taken with each to see what the bokeh is like. If you are shooting available light then the faster the lens the better, so a 1.4 is going to be better then a 1.8 or 2.8 by a third to a full stop.
     
  8. dlegend macrumors 6502

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    I have the 35 and love it. Sadly don't use it as much as I would want. Might want to use a kit lens and keep it locked at 35, 40 and 50 to see what you like best.
     
  9. Alonzo84 macrumors 6502a

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    The 35mm 1.8 is a great lens with decent bokeh, but there is more to bokeh than just a fast max aperture. Nikon boasts that the 40mm Micro has great bokeh, but I do not have experience with it. I'm no expert but have also been researching the subject.
     

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