What would be a good basic lens collection?

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
Leonard Migliore
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It has to be a real cheap 50mm lens

NancyP wrote:

Buy a relatively cheap 50mm f/1.8 lens, so you will have some ability to get narrower DOF and to shoot in low light. This will be a nice portrait lens. Then, for macro, buy a reversing ring sized to fit your 50mm lens. This will let you play with macro for approximately ten to fifteen bucks over the cost of the lens, for a total charge of ~$210.00 to $220.00 plus tax. Or, you could pick a non-reporting cheapo set of extension rings for close to the same price as the reversing ring.

One caveat here is that the 50mm lens has to have an aperture ring to be used as you suggest. The 50mm f/1.8G, while greatly superior to earlier 50mm Nikkors, gives you no control over the aperture if you reverse it or use extension rings with no electrical contacts.

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