A GOOD PRIME LENS

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BEARMYLOVE
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A GOOD PRIME LENS
9 months ago

I  have the 18-140mm with my D7000 . I  was thinking to add the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 g  or the 35mm f/1.8g. Which one should I get and why or should I get another lens?  We do police work with my German Shepherd and while she is  running and jumping I would like a lens that take good pictures of her.

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Nexu1
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In reply to BEARMYLOVE, 9 months ago

I'm curious how many folks will recommend either the 35 or 50mm for this scenario.  Perhaps either is a good choice, I'm not sure, but my first thought is that a prime like this isn't exactly the right tool for this type of job.  Unless the lighting is terrible/dark, I would think the 18-140 would do pretty good.

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In reply to Nexu1, 9 months ago

I have the 35 1.8 and it's great .. Remember it's about 52 equivalent on your camera. Like above poster mentioned, for dogs running around, you prolly need more reach......

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In reply to BEARMYLOVE, 9 months ago

Take your 18-140 and shoot strictly at 35 for a spell.  And do the same at 50.  See which one you like?

I can't speak to the 50 (I went and got the Sigma 50 f/1.4).  But the 35 was/ still is good enough for me.

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In reply to BEARMYLOVE, 9 months ago

Currently I own the 35 F1.8G DX, 50 F1.4G and the 85 F1.8G.

Really can't go wrong with the image quality you can get out of the lenses, but a fast zoom is also a good Idea. (I have no fast zoom anymore, except for the 70-200 F2.8, which is really a zoom) For the rest its all footwork

A 35mm is good if you want to include a jump and part of the scene. or actions of multiple dogs.

The 50mm gives you the ability to get an object as you see it. It works as a 75mm on dx but that represents the part that is in focus when you look at something. It works great for capturing moments of kids / dogs

The 85mm is a specialist lens for portraits and getting things closer. but still usable for kids /dog portraits as well

But for the rest, you can use any lens for anythink really , but a wide lens will never get close

A 85mm used to show subject and background:

Nikon D7100 + Nikon 85mm F1.8

A 35mm used as close-up (Image is cropped but quality remains and so allows you to "zoom" in post)

Nikon D7100 + Nikon 35 F1.8

And last but not least 2 photos of a 50mm 1.4 lens: A close up and a landscape

Nikon 50mmF1.4G @ F1.4

Nikon 50mm F1.4G @ F8

As you can see, any of the lenses are capable of getting what you want, the 85 has the most zoom, and for work close by will make you work slower. With the 35 you can really catch anything you want, but if you can't get in close enough you maybe wanting a 50mm.
I think for me the 50mm is the most versatile for the photography that I do.. that is shoot with the lens that is on the camera Still I love them all, and use them all for everyting.

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In reply to BEARMYLOVE, 9 months ago

Good advice from dk76111.

You could take it a step further and shoot at 85mm to see how an 85 1.8 would work for you.

I think you will find you will want something a bit longer than 35 or 50.

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In reply to BEARMYLOVE, 9 months ago

BEARMYLOVE wrote:

I  have the 18-140mm with my D7000 . I  was thinking to add the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 g  or the 35mm f/1.8g. Which one should I get and why or should I get another lens?  We do police work with my German Shepherd and while she is  running and jumping I would like a lens that take good pictures of her.

I'm not sure whether you'll like these for what is effectively action shooting. The focal lengths are on the short side and the autofocus is certainly not the fastest in these lenses. But for the money (both are sub-€200 lenses), I can't really suggest a better alternative. The 85mm f1.8 is not exactly a fast focus lens either and it costs more than the other two. But the focus length is much more agreable for the type of shots you have in mind.

For considerably more, you'd be looking at lenses like the Sigma 50-150 and Nikon 70-200 f4. Apart from the fact that the focal length is better, a zoom also means you can better adjust your framing to suit the situation. If you really want the best it is the Nikon 70-200 f2.8. But that lens costs more than 10 times what either of the two primes would cost you.

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