z50 Lenses

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TomS53 Senior Member • Posts: 1,649
Re: z50 Lenses

Joop_S wrote:

Henderson92 wrote:

saltlifetardis_13 wrote:

Hi all!

Looking to get an astrophotography/portrait lens for my Z50- either used or new.

I'm looking at the following:

-Nikkor 14mm f/2.8 D
-Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G
-Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

Out of those 3 lenses listed, which would be better worth the money? If you have other suggestions other than those, please advise. I'm open to zoom and prime lenses.

Thank you!!

Taken with kit lens, 16-50mm, edited a bit in lightroom.

14mm 2.8 one will not Autofocus with FTZ adapter so I wouldn't consider it.

If you are looking for a UWA lens for your Z50, AF-P 10-20mm DX lens would be a great option. It's quite affordable, light, quiet, and pretty sharp. However, Since you are interested in astrophotography, Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 (one with AF motor built-in) might be the better option.

Why not a 50mm 1.8G lens for portrait work? it's close to 85mm(75mm on DX) portrait lens standard.

The Tokina is the better option, but work it on the FTZ in AF mode? Current model YES but second hand? If you buy it new way I think it is the best + the 50 mm 1.8G.

Second choice is a combo with the Nikon 10-20 + the Nikon AF-S 50 f/1.4 for almost the same price.

If you don't have the FTZ you must buy it.

A other way is waiting for Nikon Z mount lenses. If Nikon think on more DX cameras they must set a DX 10-20/24 on the roadmap. (And use the compact 28 already on the roadmap if it is f/2 for astro for the time waiting on the 10-20) On the roadmap for this year are also the compact 40 and micro 50. This 2 can use for portrait on the Z50.

To the OP:

If you go with the Tokina 11-16 get the 2nd version of it, as reports indicate it is better than the first. I would add that the Tokina 11-20 2.8 would be fine as well, I have one, and it works on my Z7 with the FTZ. I have not shot it alot though. I have heard good reports on the Nikon 20mm 1.8 for Milky Way photos, I have picked one up, but have not shot it yet.

With regards to the comment about the 14mm being manual, for astrophotography, you will be in manual mode anyway. Initial attempt to focus in AF is nice but not necessary as you would want to switch off AF.

I have no comment in regards to the use of your listed lenses for portraits. Stay Safe!

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