For D7500/DX: Tamron 45 1.8 VC or Nikon 50 1.8 (or1.4)G?

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Re: For D7500/DX: Tamron 45 1.8 VC or Nikon 50 1.8 (or1.4)G?

anycolourfloyd wrote:

Aston Senna wrote:

Michael Benveniste wrote:

Aston Senna wrote:

Hello! I wanted to ask some thoughts about a fast fifty for a dx camera like my d7500. I was going to look to getting a 50 1.8G originally, but then seeing that used it should be only another hundred to get a 1.4g or the tamron 45 VC it got me thinking how those compare image quality wise.

Are you sure about that pricing? The U.S. prices I'm seeing are $200 for the 50mm f/1.8G and twice that for the f/1.4G or the Tamron.

Price aside, the biggest (literally) disadvantage I see to the Tamron is the size and weight. It's 520 grams, compared to 190 and 280 for the f/1.8 and f/1.4 Nikkors.

I was looking at used prices. 1.8gs seem to be about 120 on ebay, tamron about 250 and 1.4g around 200. so while 250 is double, it really isn't that much more.

I appreciate the feedback everyone.

I did forget to mention something probably rather important. I do have the 35 1.8 DX and the monstrous 17-55 2.8. Actually not sure about either of these. They were fantastic deals, so i jumped on them when i could to try them out. the 35 i've never been that impressed with at all actually. because it at 2.8 seems to be no different than the 17-55 at 35 and wide open at 2.8. or if that's just a testament to how goo d the 17-55 is (it's much better at close range subject than landscapes i found).

So, idk. The fringing issue on the tamron would bother me, i was thinking the 1.4g would be different enough, just to have fun with shooting at 1.4 for an 'effect' even if it's not all that sharp.

Maybe a silly question but did you find tune the 35mm? I read quite a few people have had issues with that lens front or back focussing through the VF, it back focuses heavily on my d5500. But it's amazing on my d7500 (and naturally barely needed fine tuning on the body that could actually do it).

I have. So i put the 35 on my shelf for a bit thinking I'd sell it, but when i tried it again yesterday, I was pretty impressed with it. didn't remember it being this good lol. these pics below are reduced resolution and still look brilliant. I used live view on both of these, but a couple other shots through the viewfinder seemed equally sharp after a another click of af fine tune adjustment

I clicked on the airbag wording on the steering wheel for focus in live view. I mean, this looks pretty dang amazing at f3.2

and this one at f/4, also used live view and selected the tiny airbag script on the steering wheel, and if you zoom in on it, those tiny letters are knife edge sharp even at this angle

 Aston Senna's gear list:Aston Senna's gear list
Nikon D7500 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF Nikon 85mm F1.8G +3 more
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