What was your first prime lens and why did you choose it?

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RichA
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What was your first prime lens and why did you choose it?
Jul 24, 2010

Mine was a Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 for better low light performance.
After enjoying the convienance of zoom lenses like the 70-200mm f/2.8
and 17-55mm f/2.8 I still needed a better low light lens for NCAA basketball
games. Using a D2x I was limited to nothing less than 1/500sec exposure
and max of 400iso.
I asked for help with a post here on dpreview and while some recommended
the 50mm f/1.4, someone who posts as "hth" recommended the 85mm f/1.8.
I bought the 85mm f/1.8 and have been happy with it ever since. It gave me
better results at the basketball games and has been great in other situations.
Thank you again hth it has been a winner.
Here are some basketball photos
http://www.santaclaraweekly.com/268.html
Here is what it can do with flowers.

It also serves well for portraits

So did your first prime lens give you what you were looking for?

RichA

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