50mm Prime with Resolution for a D800? Come on Nikon/Sigma!

Started Jan 4, 2014 | Questions thread
OP light_bulb Contributing Member • Posts: 815
Re: Almost any 50 will do.

Matsu wrote:

For your states uses. I like the convenience of AF, but if you don't mind manual focus, your options will be even wider.

Once you get past the shallow depth of field fad, you will notice that in a studio taking full body and head and shoulders portraits you will be at a maximum of f/4, and more likely at f/5.6-f/8 depending on what kind of lighting you set up.

They're all already too sharp at those apertures, even for the most meticulous make-up.

You can buy more resolution, and there are uses for that, but what really concerns you is rendering, and sometimes you pay big bucks for those subtleties.

Your lighting makes a bigger difference than your lens will under those conditions. Buy the 50G. It's cheap, it's good, it's a little boring, but there's nothing offensive in its character or rendition. You will have resolution to spare.

You are right with portraits resolution is a double-edged sword. You may not always want to see what a lens is able to resolve.

It may require a perfect skin, extra care for all detail, make-up or extra work in post. This is why Nikon has got its new 58 1.4.

I am also using the 50 1.8 for other purposes where resolution does not come at these kinds of 'cost'.

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