Best combination of fast lens with D7100

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LBCerberus
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Best combination of fast lens with D7100
Mar 21, 2013

Dear all,

what is in your opinion the best lens for low light, coupled with the D7100 or D7000?

I mainly shot picture of my kids

Thanks for sharing your opinion

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Italy
D80
Nikon VR18-200
Tamron 10-24

Nikon 50mm 1.8

Nikon D7000 Nikon D7100
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brightcolours
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Best combination of fast lens with APS-C
In reply to LBCerberus, Mar 21, 2013

Dear all,

what is in your opinion the best lens for low light, coupled with the D7100 or D7000?

You must mean "for APS-C". Nothing makes lenses especially "best" with a D7000/D7100.

I mainly shot picture of my kids

That depends on the kind of photo. Best for blurry backgrounds and nice tight FOV will be 85-90mm lenses. So there are the Nikon AF-S 85mm f1.8 and f1.4, the Sigma 85mm f1.4, the Samyang 85mm f1.4 (manual focus, but with the smoothest bokeh around by far), the Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di II macro, the Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di II VC USD (has image stabilization) and the Nikon 85mm f3.5 VR DX. Which lens is most attractive to you depends on personal preference and budget.

If you want a wider FOV or a shorter distance to your subject, a shorter focal length is needed. The Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.8 still makes a half way nice portrait lens, the Tamron 60mm f2 Di macro has a slightly nicer portrait focal length and very smooth bokeh.

The Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX is a nice standard prime for APS-C, but has a rather nasty bokeh character. The Nikon 40mm f2.8 DC Micro is a bit longer, but has very smooth bokeh. The Sigma 35mm f1.4 has a bit better bokeh than the Nikon 35mm f1.8, and is very sharp.

For a classic 35mm FF FOV, the Nikon AF-S 24mm f1.4 can't be beat.

So... you have to figure out which style of lens you want. Then pick the one you like best from above 4 categories.

My picks would be:

Longer portrait lens: Samyang 85mm f1.4 for its lovely bokeh and price MF only). The Nikon AF-S 85mm f1.8 for its fast AF, sharpness and price. Or the Tamron 90mm f2.8 VC for its macro ability and image stabilization.

Shorter portrait lens: Either the 50mm f1.8 Nikkor or the Tamron 60mm f2. hard choice.

Standard prime: Either the Nikon 40mmm f2.8 DX Micro for its smooth bokeh and macro ability, or the Sigma 35mm f1.4 for its sharpness and ok-ish bokeh (and extra 2/3rd of stop compared to f1.8).

For "35mm": the lovely Nikon 24mm f1.4.

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Pat1954
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Re: Best combination of fast lens with APS-C
In reply to brightcolours, Mar 21, 2013

An all time favourite lens of many for crop body nikons is the 17-55 f/2.8 nikkor. Buy it second hand and if you want to sell it later you won't loose any money. A very versatile, rugged, weather sealed, high quality lens. Add a 70-200 VR1 to that and you'll be ready for anything your kids can get up to.

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Re: Best combination of fast lens with D7100
In reply to LBCerberus, Mar 22, 2013

LBCerberus wrote:

Dear all,

what is in your opinion the best lens for low light, coupled with the D7100 or D7000?

I mainly shot picture of my kids

Thanks for sharing your opinion

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Italy
D80
Nikon VR18-200
Tamron 10-24

Nikon 50mm 1.8

So do you keep them in a closet??? As far as I remembered familys go to places when sun  is shining and most of time we are active during day time so whay you need low light lens for your kids??? How about learning to recognizing nice light and take advantage of it. Any SLR or DSLR is about personal lens system not one lens .

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Carsten Pauer 2
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Re: Best combination of fast lens with D7100
In reply to LBCerberus, Mar 22, 2013
what is in your opinion the best lens for low light, coupled with the D7100 or D7000?

For me that would be the WalimeX pro 35mm F/1.4.

I mainly shot picture of my kids

For this You need a (fast) AF-Lens like the Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8.

Regards: Carsten

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