Just purchased D610! Very excited...need help picking 50mm

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HassanChop Junior Member • Posts: 33
Just purchased D610! Very excited...need help picking 50mm

Hey Everyone,

I just purchased a D610 and I'm extremely excited to start using it. I only purchased the body and I want to purchase a good quality 50mm prime lens.

I plan on keeping this lens for a while and I also want something that will give me good quality out of focus (bokeh) when working with DOF.

Can this be had for under $300? I'm open to Ebay, Amazon, and so on.

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Felts Contributing Member • Posts: 578
Re: Just purchased D610! Very excited...need help picking 50mm

The 50mm 1.8G is a great lightweight lens for very little money... Sharp wide open too. The only  drawback is that there can occasionally be slightly swirly bokeh, but not with every shot.

Congratulations on your 610!!

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Re: Just purchased D610! Very excited...need help picking 50mm

Felts wrote:

The 50mm 1.8G is a great lightweight lens for very little money... Sharp wide open too. The only drawback is that there can occasionally be slightly swirly bokeh, but not with every shot.

Congratulations on your 610!!

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I do see that the 50mm 1.8 is pretty reasonable at around $200. I assume this one would be the one you are talking about:

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-50mm-NIKKOR-Digital-Cameras/dp/B004Y1AYAC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395691019&sr=8-1&keywords=nikon+50mm+1.8

Also can someone recommend a lens hood and lens filter so it will protect froom scratching the glass.

Will the lens filter affect the picture quality?

T O Shooter Veteran Member • Posts: 7,145
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HassanChop wrote:

Hey Everyone,

I just purchased a D610 and I'm extremely excited to start using it. I only purchased the body and I want to purchase a good quality 50mm prime lens.

I plan on keeping this lens for a while and I also want something that will give me good quality out of focus (bokeh) when working with DOF.

Can this be had for under $300? I'm open to Ebay, Amazon, and so on.

50 1.4G on Craigslist or Kijiji for between $300 and $350. With box, sometimes a B + W filter, and original receipt. While $350 is not below $300, sometimes when buying camera gear you have to go with "close enough"!  50 1.8G is much cheaper and very good if not better on some fronts, but it's not 1.4.

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T O Shooter Veteran Member • Posts: 7,145
Re: Just purchased D610! Very excited...need help picking 50mm

HassanChop wrote:

Felts wrote:

The 50mm 1.8G is a great lightweight lens for very little money... Sharp wide open too. The only drawback is that there can occasionally be slightly swirly bokeh, but not with every shot.

Congratulations on your 610!!

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I do see that the 50mm 1.8 is pretty reasonable at around $200. I assume this one would be the one you are talking about:

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-50mm-NIKKOR-Digital-Cameras/dp/B004Y1AYAC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395691019&sr=8-1&keywords=nikon+50mm+1.8

Also can someone recommend a lens hood and lens filter so it will protect froom scratching the glass.

Will the lens filter affect the picture quality?

That's the one.  In filters I prefer B + W as do a lot of photographers. On the flop side, some fellows just won't use any.  I bought some camera gear a year or so ago from a fellow that used to be a photojournalist. This was his personal gear, but he didn't use filters OR a lens cap and the glass was perfect. He had to go looking for the caps to give me.

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crosstype Regular Member • Posts: 227
Re: Just purchased D610! Very excited...need help picking 50mm

Nikon Noct-Nikkor 58mm f1.2

http://photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/ai5812.html

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T O Shooter wrote:

HassanChop wrote:

Felts wrote:

The 50mm 1.8G is a great lightweight lens for very little money... Sharp wide open too. The only drawback is that there can occasionally be slightly swirly bokeh, but not with every shot.

Congratulations on your 610!!

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I do see that the 50mm 1.8 is pretty reasonable at around $200. I assume this one would be the one you are talking about:

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-50mm-NIKKOR-Digital-Cameras/dp/B004Y1AYAC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395691019&sr=8-1&keywords=nikon+50mm+1.8

Also can someone recommend a lens hood and lens filter so it will protect froom scratching the glass.

Will the lens filter affect the picture quality?

That's the one. In filters I prefer B + W as do a lot of photographers. On the flop side, some fellows just won't use any. I bought some camera gear a year or so ago from a fellow that used to be a photojournalist. This was his personal gear, but he didn't use filters OR a lens cap and the glass was perfect. He had to go looking for the caps to give me.

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The only filters I use are ND and CP. I use the lens hood to keep my fingers off the glass.

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arrr wrote:

T O Shooter wrote:

HassanChop wrote:

Felts wrote:

The 50mm 1.8G is a great lightweight lens for very little money... Sharp wide open too. The only drawback is that there can occasionally be slightly swirly bokeh, but not with every shot.

Congratulations on your 610!!

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I do see that the 50mm 1.8 is pretty reasonable at around $200. I assume this one would be the one you are talking about:

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-50mm-NIKKOR-Digital-Cameras/dp/B004Y1AYAC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395691019&sr=8-1&keywords=nikon+50mm+1.8

Also can someone recommend a lens hood and lens filter so it will protect froom scratching the glass.

Will the lens filter affect the picture quality?

That's the one. In filters I prefer B + W as do a lot of photographers. On the flop side, some fellows just won't use any. I bought some camera gear a year or so ago from a fellow that used to be a photojournalist. This was his personal gear, but he didn't use filters OR a lens cap and the glass was perfect. He had to go looking for the caps to give me.

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The only filters I use are ND and CP. I use the lens hood to keep my fingers off the glass.

And I get that. A lot of fellows feel the same way. But a lot of your glass doesn't cost much more than I pay in Toronto for a B + W filter, so you have little exposure to loss. But glass, such as my 80-400AF-S G is $3000, 70-200II $2500, 24-70 $2000 in rough numbers, and I'm not risking the front element for what little degradation might occur with a  high quality B + W filter. If I'm shooting something where I want to be certain of optimum quality I may pull a filter off - then again I may not.

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HassanChop wrote:

Hey Everyone,

I just purchased a D610 and I'm extremely excited to start using it. I only purchased the body and I want to purchase a good quality 50mm prime lens.

I plan on keeping this lens for a while and I also want something that will give me good quality out of focus (bokeh) when working with DOF.

Can this be had for under $300? I'm open to Ebay, Amazon, and so on.

I would like to propose that you look on eBay for a 50mm f1.8D. By the time these things get to the used market they're dirt cheap even in excellent condition.

I just checked and there are a couple in the $30 range (neither one of which is mine )

I think people outgrow them and want faster lenses, sending these to eBay. The optical quality is very good. You do need to get around the slightly plastic feel, but the performance and durability don't seem to suffer for it. Unless you have some specific requirement you won't regret it, and even if you want to upgrade later, heck it's only $30

The metal screw on hood from Nikon is, I think, an HS-7 and likely costs more than the used lens. As the front element is deeply recessed, in my opinion neither a hood nor filter is required for protection unless you have salt or blowing debris.

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I plan on keeping this lens for a while and I also want something that will give me good quality out of focus (bokeh) when working with DOF.

Sigma 50mm F/1.4.

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filipebv Forum Member • Posts: 69
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if you get a good copy...then yes...i already return two copies (at first i thought it was a great lens but after some tests the two i got only had good results at f4...at f1.8-2.8 only the left side was sharp...strange!! even in manual focus (live view, zooming) i just couldn´t achieve sharp results (at the right side...some kind of fog ot something)!! i think iam going to get the f1.4 to see if i have decent results at f2.8...

i think the problem with this cheap lens is the assembly quality control...the optics are very good!!

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HassanChop wrote:

Hey Everyone,

I just purchased a D610 and I'm extremely excited to start using it. I only purchased the body and I want to purchase a good quality 50mm prime lens.

I plan on keeping this lens for a while and I also want something that will give me good quality out of focus (bokeh) when working with DOF.

Can this be had for under $300? I'm open to Ebay, Amazon, and so on.

Great, as long as you got one in good working order, I think you made the right decision re FF vs DX if you want to take mostly people / eventually wedding photos.

For such, the added benefit of low light ability of FF IS necessary for churches, receptions etc.

Good Luck!

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I may pull a filter off - then again I may not.

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Well at least you know filters compromise IQ. I personally can't stand the ghosting and flare they introduce.

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arrr wrote:

T O Shooter wrote:

I may pull a filter off - then again I may not.

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Well at least you know filters compromise IQ. I personally can't stand the ghosting and flare they introduce.

And that's when I'd pull one off.  Otherwise B+W is excellent.  The Schott glass in them is probably better than what's in the lens.

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Carsten Pauer 2 wrote:

I plan on keeping this lens for a while and I also want something that will give me good quality out of focus (bokeh) when working with DOF.

Sigma 50mm F/1.4.

This is the one I have as well. Great lens, a little heavy for a 50mm but a great lens.

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I'll second the 50 1.8 d. It's a little cheap feeling, but the aperture ring allows you to make those adjustments on the fly shooting video, which sounds like something you're interested in. Just know that with the d version, you give up manual focus override. To me, it's easy enough to flip the switch back and forth. You'll be in manual focus anyway for video. Both d and g take great photos, and on the d600, I am amazed at the low light performance. D version doesn't come with a hood, the g does.
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