tidy cub [deleted] 8:29pm, 31 January 2011
I’m looking for a fun lens that will help me take portraits of my new son James. The problem is I’m on a recession sized budget. I've got it down to 2 lenses. The Nikon 50mm F1.8D AF Nikkor Lens, or the Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f1.8G.

I know the 50 mm F1.8 will need manual focusing on the D5000 but I'm willing to put up with it. I also read reports that because the D5000 is a DX model that it will push the 50mm to 75mm and the 35mm to a 50mm. Both get good reviews on line and I’m not sure which one to go for. Please can anyone offer an opinion before my sons christening this weekend.
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GregM35 Posted 7 years ago. Edited by GregM35 (admin) 7 years ago
If you have the 18-55VR lens, try this experiment.

1. Set your lens to 35 mm and shoot all your photos for a week at this setting. Leave the camera on AF.

2. Set your lens to 50mm and shoot all your photos also for a week. Turn off the AF and manual focus each shot.

This will give you an idea of what you can expect from these two focal lengths. You may find shooting only at 50mm that you need a wider lens for indoor shots.
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GregM35 7 years ago
Sorry, I just saw you need a lens for this weekend. You can do the experiment in just a day or two and still get a good idea.

I have the AF-S 35mm 1.8 and would not go back to manual focusing.
PhotoMom111 7 years ago
Agreed. I have the 35mm 1.8 to take pictures of my kids. No manual focusing. It's a great lens!
35mm 1.8 rulz!
What do you think about the new AF-S NIKKOR 50 mm f/1.8G? It seems to be the perfect lens O.O
Lee Jinks 7 years ago
+1 for the 35mm f/1.8
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