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I am through with small aperture of my kit lens(18-55mm f3.5-5.6). I want something wide open.
I am looking into buying Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF, i can get them around 15k PKR/170USD . What do you guys have to say about this? I use Nikon D3100, i know i'll have to compromise on AF but i think it'll be ok and i'll using this lens mostly for product photography but what do you guys say, would it be wise to compromise on auto focus?
One thing that worries me is that with 50mm i'll have to stand quite far away from the object to take pic!?

I also heard that a Nikon is launching a new 50mm f1.8G AF-S lens and it'd cost around 230USD. Do any of you guys have any news about that?

Anything else you guys would like to mention?
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I would recommend the 35mm 1.8 or wait for the 50mm 1.8g that is going to be released soon. I have tested a sigma 50mm 1.4 and it wasn't the right focal length for me. Compared to a 35mm I had to step back a lot. I say you go to your local camera store and test out the 35mm and the 50mm and go from there.
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A 35mm 1.8 might not be a bad choice. I bought one and it's pretty much the only lens I use You won't have to stand quite as far to take pictures, and it's reasonable for portraits (no experience with product photos). It'll also be AF-S so it'll focus on the D3100.

Prices have been going up like no other for the 35 1.8 but if you can find it cheaper, then I'd definitely consider it.
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35mm f1.8 is a bit expensive for me. Any idea when 50mm f1.8G AF-S will be released?
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According to here around June 16th.
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I am through with small aperture of my kit lens(18-55mm f3.5-5.6). I want something wide open.
I am looking into buying Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF, i can get them around 15k PKR/170USD . What do you guys have to say about this? I use Nikon D3100, i know i'll have to compromise on AF but i think it'll be ok and i'll using this lens mostly for product photography but what do you guys say, would it be wise to compromise on auto focus?
One thing that worries me is that with 50mm i'll have to stand quite far away from the object to take pic!?

I also heard that a Nikon is launching a new 50mm f1.8G AF-S lens and it'd cost around 230USD. Do any of you guys have any news about that?

Anything else you guys would like to mention?
The 50's are a good open lens. If your worried about being far away there's a 35mm but its more $$

Edit: a 50 shouldn't be that "FAR" and good luck with 1.8 once you go 1.8 you will want even wider haha
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post #7 of 15
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thanks for your all of your suggestions.

How about shifting to 1000D? I has built-in auto focus motor so lens will cost cheaper. What would i miss if i shift to 1000D from D3100?
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post #8 of 15
I'd +1 the 35mm f/1.8. It's more expensive, but the focal point is much nicer to work with than 50mm.

As for going to the 1000D, you lose four AF points, spot metering, video mode, 4.2 MPs, and you get a smaller screen.

Honestly, I'd just keep the D3100 and save up for the prime lens.
post #9 of 15
Most obvious thing you'll lose is video, not sure if that's important to you or not though. Perhaps some image quality as well? You're also talking about a whole different brand as well, with different ergonomics as well as lenses (prices as well). If you already have the D3100, just keep it. If you're only going to be using the 50mm 1.8 for product photography, then getting the manual focus one won't be all that bad.

EDIT: ninja'd

As an aside, I believe I'm gonna go your route with primes r31ncarnat3d. Love my 35 1.8 and maybe getting a 50 as well in the future (maybe when the 1.8G comes out)
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I've got this beast, it is a great prime lens.
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