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Came across a Nikkor 50mm 1.8D for 100 bucks, might be able to drop it down to $80 since there is no warranty. I won't be able to use AF since there is no bult-in motor on the D3000. Should I still go ahead with it?
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i used a 50mm f/1.8D on my D5000 before. its not bad. since its a fixed focal length, you dont need to zoom as well (granted i used a 28-200mm manual focus and zooming too, did fine). its fun to use when ur not on a rush for shots or time. takes a bit of practice to MF but you should like the pictures u get

takes a little practice but the effects you'll get are nice ! its nice to play with. the 50mm f/1.8D is often around 80 used.. u could almost get a LNIB one for 100 lol..
 
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Meh, just picked up a 35mm 1.8/f (AF-S), and I like the AF a lot.

When I am snapping portraits with family, I like not having to screw around with getting the focus just right (or better yet, giving my wife the camera and having her mess with the focus ring).
    
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if u really want the 50mm focal length, pick up the new 50mm f/1.8 AF-S.. Some say AF is a necessity but it was done for many decades without it.. Leica still doesnt have it
 
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post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by iandroo888 View Post
if u really want the 50mm focal length, pick up the new 50mm f/1.8 AF-S.. Some say AF is a necessity but it was done for many decades without it.. Leica still doesnt have it
more like 'if you rally want the 75mm focal length...'.

if he is looking for ~50mm true focal length, he should be looking at the 35mm AF lens (or AF-S for about 110 bucks more).
    
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auto focus is always worth it either the 35 1.8 af-s or the 50 1.8 af-s
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35mm is about 52.5.. xD still not a "true" 50 >
 
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post #8 of 12
Quote:
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if u really want the 50mm focal length, pick up the new 50mm f/1.8 AF-S.. Some say AF is a necessity but it was done for many decades without it.. Leica still doesnt have it
Leica also has a better viewfinder system
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Some say AF is a necessity but it was done for many decades without it.. Leica still doesnt have it
You are forgetting that manual-focus bodies have aids like split prisms/microprism ring or center, etc.
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true but its still do-able without one. ANYTHING IS DO-ABLE ! wait >_>
 
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