Originally Posted by EMY
avocat- is the Nikon 50mm 1.4 worth the extra $200 over the 50 1.8? I am not a pro and just shoot for fun. OP- the 50mm f1.8 is a very good value. It should probably be one of the first lenses you buy. Both Canon and Nikon has a version for about $100.
@Emy: excellent recommendation. As to the 50mm F1.4, the F1.8s are too much of a value to justify the price premium, seriously, unless you're really into low light photography. (Note: if I'm not mistaken, doesn't Canon have an L-series 50mm F1.2?). Otherwise, overrated. (On a full-frame it's nothing special--i.e., have to get in really close to your subject if using it on FX since it's just a standard 50mm on this format, as opposed to being a short tele like on the DX format for which the F1.8 50mm--effective 75-80mm on a DX--is one of the best values out there, I agree). I know artists and photo students who really love their F1.4 window shots, though. That said, DP did a review on the various F1.4s, which you can read more about here: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0809/08...1p4_review.asp
Originally Posted by SpooPoker
You guys did do an awesome job. Thanks for all the thoughtful replies, its really appreciated. Im fine tuning needs/budget at the moment, and thanks to your help, its a little less daunting as to what to look for. Thank you!
Glad to hear!!
And here's why I agree with EMY as to his recommendation (along with some more info): DSLRs (DX format) use 35mm lenses but have a smaller sensor than the 35mm film cameras (the FX format are effectively the same as the film bodies of old). 35mm film/FX format are also called full frame. On the smaller sensor entry and mid-level DSLRs (DX format), lenses project not the "full frame" but only the middle portion of the information (a cropped field of view). In non-technical mumbo jumbo what this means is that, when you put a 50mm lens onto your DX format DSLR, you effectively get a prime portrait lens (75-80mm approximately) because of the smaller sensor, but without the expense of a telephoto lens. Talk about a bang for your buck!! (How lenses work on DX-format DSLRs, you can read here: http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glos...tiplier_01.htm
). One more point on Lenses (which Spoo and/or others may be interested in): If planning on moving to FX format (full frame) bodies, you might be interested in noting that DX format specific lenses (like Nikon's lenses marked with a 'DX' logo for e.g.) don't work on FX bodies (note: they'll switch to DX format to compensate, but might as well save the money and buy a DX camera if so). That said, DX is here to stay for a very long time to come (so no worries). If you see a good deal on a DX-lens-and there are many--don't hesitate to buy it for your entry or mid-level (DX) DSLR camera, no matter what a salesperson tries to tell you about the "future" (like trying to talk you out of a deal and into something more expensive which you might not ever need). For more info about this and the different formats, see: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/fx-dx-future.htm
). Hope this helps. @OTC: you're welcome, and again, my pleasure. tl/DR:
ENJOY the wonderful world of digital photography--I warn you again, though, Spoo: it's been known to be addictive!