Normal lens for a full frame first timer: 50mm 1.4 or 35mm 1.4?

Started Apr 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
GlobalGuyUSA Senior Member • Posts: 2,144
Re: Normal lens for a full frame first timer: 50mm 1.4 or 35mm 1.4?

jbjose wrote:

I'm about to upgrade to a D800 and am now re-assessing my lens, particularly what normal lens to use.

On my current cropped sensor I use the 35mm f/1.8 DX, which would roughly equate to the field of view of a 50mm.

Should I get the much cheaper 50mm f/1.4 or the 35mm f/1.4? A lot of reviews I've read have called the 35mm the "New Normal" and there have been times on my 35mm DX, I wished I had a wider field of view and I was unable to step back.

Since you're going to Full-frame, I would get this:

- Nikon 50mm/1.8 "D" version ($100) -- teeny tiny, sharp in the middle!;
- Sigma 35mm/1.4 "ART" version ($800) -- VERY SUPERIOR quality, very large.

You're going to love them both!

The 50/1.8D can practically be used as a lens cap its so small!  It almost disappears on your camera, whereas all other lenses are HUGE.  

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