Nikkor 55-200 or 50mm 1.8?

Started Jul 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
GlennW Senior Member • Posts: 2,125
Re: Nikkor 55-200 or 50mm 1.8?

cbart wrote:

Up until now I've been shooting exclusively with the 18-55 and 55-200. Pretty much everything I do is landscape and wildlife related, (18-55 for landscapes, 55-200 for wildlife, some landscapes, and portraits) although I would also like to have a nice portrait lens. I recently acquired the tamron 150-600 for my wildlife needs, which I figure will probably mostly limit my 55-200 for use as a portrait lens.

Those things considered, would I break even selling my 55-200 and getting a 50mm 1.8? Are the benefits of a 50mm fixed going to outweigh the loss of focal lengths 55-150? And while I am asking this, anyone out there with experience with both the 50mm 1.4 and 1.8? And is there a better affordable option for portraits out there?

IMHO it depends on DX if you get the 35 1.8G for $200 or the 50 1.8G for just a little more. The 50 1.4 @ $500 is useful if/when you use the extra stop of light. In the mid range, the 1.8 gets better.

The 55-200 has many other uses. You could keep it just to cover the 55-150 &be lighter than the 150-600.

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