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Nikon 35mm f1.8 G AF-S DX Lens vs 50mm

FatBoyfocus 10 75 4 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 9:16AM

I'm about to get the 50mm f1.8 but, was wondering if it will be better to get the 35mm f1.8
The 50mm is great for sharpness/bokeh but, the 35mm will give me a wider view for street photography.
Does anyone have both these? Does the 35mm deliver the same sharpness/bokeh? Is it worth getting?

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GeorgeBuchan 11 37 Scotland
16 Mar 2013 9:56AM
I have both, i prefer the 50mm to be honest, I feel it offers better Bokeh (which it should as its slightly longer) for street though it is a little long, but it all depends on what length you like shooting.

I also think the 50mm offers better sharpness, but it all depends on how well you have calobrated the lens in camera to suit your sensor.

Good luck with your decision!
BubbaG2000 12 767 1
16 Mar 2013 10:21AM
I have both as well, but I do prefer the 35mm. Sharp as a tack (in the centre) at 1.8 and nice bokeh, however, going by George's post, I might have just got a lucky copy.

Doing street photography might require something a bit longer though, so maybe 50mm is your best bet?
nickthompson 12 158 England
16 Mar 2013 10:38AM
It depends which camera you are using. The 35mm will be a 50mm on a camera with cropped sensor and the 50mm will be a 85mm. I've got both lenses and tend to use the 35mm on my D300 and the 50mm on my F100. I do a bit of street photography and prefer the 'look' of the 35mm on the D300. Saying that the 50mm on the F100 is also good! I used to use a Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8, but when I started to use the 35mm, even for general photography, I couldn't believe for a 180 lens how great it was.
FatBoyfocus 10 75 4 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 10:46AM
Got a D3100. Grin
nickthompson 12 158 England
16 Mar 2013 11:50AM
That has a cropped sensor. For street photography, you may find that the 35mm is better.
Carabosse 16 41.3k 270 England
16 Mar 2013 11:54AM
For street photography 24mm on full-frame is often favoured: that would point to the 16mm f2.8 for cropped, although it's a bit pricey.
FatBoyfocus 10 75 4 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 2:17PM
Thanks guys.
aditya11 6 2
27 Mar 2013 1:41PM
Thank you to everybody. Seems like there are just small differences between the 35 MM and the 50 MM when it comes to my D7100. Really appreciate everybody's help.
FatBoyfocus 10 75 4 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2013 7:23AM
Just looking at the 40mm f2.8... confused as to what to get now lol Tongue
LenShepherd 11 4.0k United Kingdom
28 Mar 2013 8:15AM

Quote:Just looking at the 40mm f2.8... confused as to what to get now lol Tongue

If you just buy something how do you know it will be right for your photographic needs?
My advice if you are confused is not to buy anything until you have made your mind what you most need within your budget.
Do you want a relatively fast 35mm f1.8 lens with around 45 angle of view on DX, a similarly fast 50mm short telephoto lens on DX with an angle of view of about 70, or the slower 40mm f2.8 lens which focuses much closer?
Only you can decide which option is best for the photography you want to do.
1 Apr 2013 3:18AM
When you only get one focal distance, you just can't expect to win all the times Smile

Both are nice.

The 50 will be the lens you want when in open areas and for portraiture.

The 35 will be the lens you want when you are indoors and for group (3 to 5) shots, for example.

The 35 can also focus a lot closer, due to it's shorter minimum focusing distance. I miss that when I use my 50 on my FF camera.
FatBoyfocus 10 75 4 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 7:03AM
Thanks guys. I went for the 35mm in the end. Will see how I
get on with it Grin

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