New prime lens

20 Jan 2009 12:21AM
Hi guys. I have never used a prime lens before. I would like to take potraits with it head and shoulders and my camera is a d300. i have seen the nikkor 50mm f1.4 and the nikkor 50mm f1.8 any suggestions and why?

Cheers in advance.

My main objective is sharp pics.

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spaceman 15 5.3k 3 Wales
20 Jan 2009 12:35AM
The 1.4 has a slightly larger aperture but is more than twice the price. Both will be of a very high optical standard. It just comes down to whether or not you think the extra half stop is worth the extra cash.
t_downes 11 279 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2009 8:21AM
I use a canon 60mm prime lens a find it very good and sharp for close up. some of my portfolio shots were taken with this lens, the close up one's anyway. this lens is voted one of the best prime lenses on the market
BubbaG2000 12 767 1
20 Jan 2009 9:18AM
I have the 50 1.8 and I can swear by it. Close the aperture a couple of stops and it is tack sharp. For the price it really is a no-brainer.
stevemelvin 14 675 2 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2009 9:45AM

Quote:I use a canon 60mm prime lens

The OP is going to struggle to get one of these on a Nikon D300. Smile
t_downes 11 279 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2009 9:58AM
Cheers Steve. My brain is struggling this morning.
dathersmith 12 564 12 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2009 12:27PM
I have a D300 and occasionally use it with the old 50mm f/1.4, I say old as Nikon have just released a new version. As for performance it is an excellent lens and although I don't upload many portraits to epz there are a couple in my pf taken with it, here and here .
The only thing I would say is that for head and shoulders portraits you will have to be pretty close to your subjects with the 50mm.

Hope this helps.

sneal 12 6 7 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2009 10:14PM
I use a 50mm f/1.8 AF on a D200 and D80. It's a real beauty and I certainly recommend it. At about 80 it was a 'no brainer' - there was no way I could justify the extra for the f/1.4 version.
Nikon have now released an AF-s f/1.4 - so if that's important, get saving!
Hope this helps
Fishnet 15 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2009 11:09PM
I am coveting the 50mm f1.8 right now, I even put a wanted ad in the classified section, le sigh.....

I have a 50mm prime for my Konica but I can't find my battery charger for it so I can't use it, I literally feel like crying. It's my favourite lens.
zogfield 12 54 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2009 3:23PM
Not sure about the Nikon versions but I use a canon 50mm f1.8 and have heard it's actually slightly sharper than the f1.4 version (at anything else but f1.4 obviously). Maybe it's the same with the Nikkors?
jondf 13 2.8k
23 Jan 2009 3:38PM

Quote:Quote:"I use a canon 60mm prime lens" - The OP is going to struggle to get one of these on a Nikon D300

Naaa...ingenuity's the key......and gaffer tape Wink
User_Removed 17 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2009 3:46PM
SRB in Luton provide an adaptor Smile (did you see David Clapp's review of the Nikon 14-24 on a Canon body?)
LenShepherd 11 4.1k United Kingdom
25 Jan 2009 2:38PM
I assume your Nikon f1.4 is the older D version.
Around 85-105mm on 24x36 gives natural portrait perspective implying 50-60mm is about right for this on DX.
Nikon are making great claims for the improved bokeh on the 1.4 - and having just bought it it is a definite improvement on my 50mm f1.8
Another outstanding lens with good bokeh is the recent 60mm G macro. It is the lens Nikon chose for the portrait shots used in the D3x brochure.
For versatility the 60mm would be my choice, for minimal depth of field options the 50mm G.

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