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Last summer, i bought a Nikon D3000 w/18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Kit lens for ~$430 on newegg (sale). I have come to realize that if i want to further my experience with my camera, i need another, preferably Better, Lens.


So i was talking to a friend (who has several lenses for his Sony Alpha DSLR) yesterday about low light/macro shooting, and we found that the best lens i could easily acquire would be a Nikon 50mm 1:1.8D AF lens. this would let in a lot more light than the current 1:5.6 @ 50mm on my current lens.

I have found a suitable lens on E-bay for ~$110, and i have the money. so my question is, Should I Buy It?
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**Subbed** I just bought the D3100 recently with that same lens. After a recent trip to Bali and Hong Kong I realized the exact same thing, I need a another lens to really get a lot out of the camera. Thanks for the thread OP. There are some really knowledgeable people on this site that I am sure will help.

EDIT- I am going to check out the lens in a bit myself.
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to my understanding, the d3100 only autofocuses on af-s lenses. you'd have to get the 50mm f/1.4 af-s to get autofocus.
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Originally Posted by Nemesis158 View Post
Last summer, i bought a Nikon D3000 w/18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Kit lens for ~$430 on newegg (sale). I have come to realize that if i want to further my experience with my camera, i need another, preferably Better, Lens.


So i was talking to a friend (who has several lenses for his Sony Alpha DSLR) yesterday about low light/macro shooting, and we found that the best lens i could easily acquire would be a Nikon 50mm 1:1.8D AF lens. this would let in a lot more light than the current 1:5.6 @ 50mm on my current lens.

I have found a suitable lens on E-bay for ~$110, and i have the money. so my question is, Should I Buy It?
As DreamKiller said, the 50mm/1.8 D won't auto focus on your D3000. The 50/1.4 AF-S will though, and so will the 35/1.8. The 35/1.8 is a nice option for you, due to it's reasonable price, high quality, more manageable focal length, AF-S, etc.
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i'd get the 35/1.8. even on a full-frame camera 50mm is really too long a lens. you can achieve slower shutter speeds with acceptable sharpness, too
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Don't really care about auto-focus, but what if i got both of them?
I was looking at the 50mm mainly for Macro shots, but i can definitely see other areas where 35mm would be more suitable. the 50mm is also $100 cheaper than the 35mm, so i think if i get both, i will do the 50mm first and see how i like it before i jump on getting a 35mm.....
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Originally Posted by Nemesis158 View Post
Don't really care about auto-focus, but what if i got both of them?
I was looking at the 50mm mainly for Macro shots, but i can definitely see other areas where 35mm would be more suitable. the 50mm is also $100 cheaper than the 35mm, so i think if i get both, i will do the 50mm first and see how i like it before i jump on getting a 35mm.....
Keep in mind that the 50/1.8 isn't strictly a macro lens. It's minimum focus distance is probably 18 inches or so.
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post #8 of 23
if you want really close focusing, your 18-55 will focus closer at 55mm than any of the 50mm primes

or you can get an AI 50mm f1.8 (the one with aperture ring) with a reversing ring for macro. would probably cost you less than $120
Edited by Dream Killer - 2/18/11 at 12:58pm
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post #9 of 23
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Already have a BR-2A (reverse coupler) and a BR3 (reverse lens filter thread mount) for my camera so that's no issue
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if you dont care about AF then you can pick up a used old manual focus 50/1.4 for much less then the 50/1.8D.
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