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#1 MikeAdams

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 08:46 PM

I have a D500 and would like forum members input on which prime lens they would recommend for general purpose usage.

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 09:08 PM

50/1.8.


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 07:13 AM

I have a D500 and would like forum members input on which prime lens they would recommend for general purpose usage.


For a DX body the 35 f1.8DX

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 10:47 AM

I agree with Jim, Nikon 35/1.8 DX


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 12:36 PM

I would agree with the 35mm but give strong secondary support to something a bit wider, around 24mm.



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 01:29 PM

I think the 35 is an excellent choice,  not sure how much money your looking to spend, sigma has an 18 to 35 ART lens that is a 1.8 and the reviews are amazing.  I have read more than one that states that this zoom lens is as sharp as the primes, but it is around $1,100.00    I just picked up my D500 and love it, the Sigma 17 to 50 F2.8 is razor sharp even at f2.8.  


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 02:09 PM

I also recommend the Nikkor 35mm DX F1.8G


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 03:33 PM

Depends on what you like to shoot. If you like landscapes, a 20mm or 24mm would fall more in line with your needs -- a 35mm might be a little too narrow. If you're more into shooting people, a 35mm or even a 50mm might serve you better -- the 35mm for general people shots and the 50mm if you're more inclined toward headshots.
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Posted 08 March 2018 - 06:33 PM

I have the 50 1.8 but it's actually a 70mm so you won't get the FOV you might desire, I'd go with the 35


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 07:08 PM

I have the 50 1.8 but it's actually a 70mm so you won't get the FOV you might desire, I'd go with the 35

 

50mm is 50mm.  50mm is never 'actually 70mm'


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 07:44 PM

 

50mm is 50mm.  50mm is never 'actually 70mm'

If it's an FX lens on a DX camera?


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 07:48 PM

My math was off, make that a 75 mm equivalent.


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 07:48 PM

If it's an FX lens on a DX camera?

 

Yep.  Focal length does not change between DX and FX.  Put a 50mm on an FX body, it's 50mm.  Put the same lens on a DX, it's still 50mm.

 

What changes is field (or angle) of view.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 12:23 AM

Of course the focal length doesn't change - the framing is what changes as follows:

 

If you have the same subject being photographed with a DX camera and an FX camera that are both at exactly the same camera position, and you put a lens of Nmm on the DX body, you will need a lens of (1.5 x N)mm to get the same framing in the VF on the FX camera.  So if you used a 50mm lens on the DX camera, you'd need to put a 75mm lens on the FX camera to get the same framing. 

 

Hence, the thought that 50mm on DX translates to 75mm on FX is really just shorthand for what I just said.


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#15 MikeAdams

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 09:53 PM

Many thanks for the input. It looks Ike the 35mm lens is the winner, so I will follow your collective advice.

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 11:05 PM

Many thanks for the input. It looks Ike the 35mm lens is the winner, so I will follow your collective advice.

Excellent lens and it does not break the bank either, enjoy and post some pictures when you get it.

 

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