What can I use the 50mm on a crop for?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Razeus, May 6, 2011.

  1. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    With a 35mm (used as my all-around and street lens) hand an 85mm 1.8 (my portrait lens and extra reach on the street) on my crop body D7000, what can the 50mm (75mm in 35mm format) be useful for?
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    My 50mm is more of my walk around lens tbh. If I had the 35mm then I would likely ditch the 50mm. That's just me.
  3. jackerin macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    Agreed. For me 50mm on a crop falls into an awkward middle area that's not wide enough but not long enough.
  4. unclet macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2011
    Bloomington, IN
    I also have the 35mm and 85mm for my crop-sensor DSLR. I don't feel any need for the 50mm for the same reasons mentioned.
  5. Razeus thread starter macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    That's what I thought. Just need to keep myself from buying the new Nikkor 50 1.8 coming out next month. I guess there's a reason I haven't had one.
  6. johnnj, May 6, 2011
    Last edited: May 6, 2011

    johnnj macrumors 6502a

    Dec 11, 2008
    Not here
    Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH is the lens I normally have mounted on my M8 (1.33 crop factor). I never found it to be awkward out on the street. I have a 35 cron ASPH, too. It's still not what I usually pick for the M8. That one lives on the TTL.
  7. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2009
    It acts pretty close to what an 85mm does on FX- therefore, a decent portrait lens. The 85mm on DX acts like a 135mm which is more like a short telephoto for longer distance portraits.

    They all have their place, just depends on what shooting conditions you are in.

  8. NathanCH macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2007
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I have a 35mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.4. The 35 seems like a good walk around lens, but I'd never use it for portraits. If you want a portrait lens then get the 50mm. But just for all around use, seems like you have what you need:)
  9. johnnj macrumors 6502a

    Dec 11, 2008
    Not here
    Right. And just because a particular focal length is usually used for a certain type of photo doesn't mean that it's the only type of photo you can make with that lens. A 21 can take a portrait and a 200 can do a landscape, under the appropriate conditions. For a number of years all I carried was a 50/1.4 and I think that limitation was a valuable learning tool.
  10. FX120 macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2007
    I don't understand this comment.

    85mm on a full frame camera is a very popular focal length, one of my favorite portrait combinations is a 85 f/1,2 on a 5D.

    I love using my 50 on a crop, it's probably one of my most used lenses.
  11. OceanView macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2005
  12. cleanup macrumors 68030


    Jun 26, 2005
    Nikon APS-C sensors are a 1.5x crop, not 1.6x like Canon. So it's a 75mm for him. It's too long for indoor use (generally) and a bit too short for outdoor use, say ninja street photography.

    35 + 85 is great for Nikon crop bodies. I'm trying to rid myself of my 50mm for the same reason. It's just not as useful most of the time.
  13. flosseR macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2009
    the cold dark north
    It depends what you do and what type of portraits you shoot. the 35mm is not practical for me at all... not wide enough so I run around with the 24-70 mounted on a d7000 body. Love it. for primes i have a afs 50 1.4 and a 85 f1.8 and i use both but i prefer the 50 simply because i get more freedom in moving around. with the 85 i HAVE to be a certain distance minimum and this has to be expanded even further if i want upper body or full body shots. the 50 allows me to "foot zoom" a lot more and I get to think a bit more out of the box.

    like i said, depends on your shooting style.
  14. runlsd macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2009
    It depends on how you look at it. 35mm is a useful length but too wide for portraits (more distortion than 50/85). 85mm makes a nice portrait lens but I find it too long for anything else. So,

    the 50mm is an awkward in-between
    the 50mm is a nice blend of the two.

    Find the focal length that suits you best. There are good 35mm, 50mm, 85mm pickings for just about every camera.
  15. Master-D macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2008
    London, UK
    I use my 50mm as an intermediate between the 14-24mm 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 in my carry around bag. Those lenses are pretty big, it's nice sometimes to have a smaller lens on. Also, at 1.4, I like the bokeh effect. It's handy for low light, although on the D700 with the camera set to min. 1/30 shutter and control exposure with ISO, I rarely worry about that TBH. I just walk back or forward a bit, when the situation allows it, otherwise one of the other lenses. I guess it just connects the range a bit.

    Edit: I see you are using a DX sensor, but I think the principle still applies.

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