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savingbirds

CA
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savingbirds Registered since 03rd Mar 2012
Sat 03-Mar-12 08:02 PM

I have a Nikon D60 for a few years now and have been staying with the kit (18-55mm) lens. At this point, I am wondering whether to purchase the
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
or the
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED

I think the zoom would benefit for as it covers the extended telephoto range, but I hear the 50 1.8 is almost a necessity and is great for portrait and single-subject shots.
My question is, which lens should I save up for first?

MEMcD

US
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#1. "RE: New lens for D60" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Sat 03-Mar-12 11:27 PM

Hi Songyi,

Welcome to Nikonians!
What photographic problem are you trying to solve?
If you shoot Portraits or in low light, get the 50mm f/1.8G AF-S first. If you need more reach, the 55-200mm, 55-200mm VR, or 55-300mm VR would be a better choice.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

savingbirds

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#2. "RE: New lens for D60" | In response to Reply # 1

savingbirds Registered since 03rd Mar 2012
Mon 05-Mar-12 01:43 AM

What's your opinion on VR? I heard it is a good feature to have, but I'll be shooting most telephoto shots with a tripod. Is it good to have nonetheless?

blw

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#3. "RE: New lens for D60" | In response to Reply # 2

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Mon 05-Mar-12 01:31 PM

On a tripod you'd need to turn VR off. It's for when you want to hand-hold the rig. You are clearly unlike most folks, who try to avoid a tripod at all costs, often including the image. VR is a very nice thing to have - I am a pretty dedicated tripod user and I still use VR for some things. There are times when the tripod is prohibited (museums, for example), and others when it's just not convenient (a trip to an amusement park with the kids).

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MEMcD

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#4. "RE: New lens for D60" | In response to Reply # 2

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 05-Mar-12 05:12 PM

Hi Songyi,

VR should always be turned Off when using a tripod with the exception of the Super Telephoto lenses that have VR with Tripod mode.
The longer the focal length of the lens, the more useful VR is. More so with a slow lens like the variable aperture zooms.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

ctdrummer

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#5. "RE: New lens for D60" | In response to Reply # 4

ctdrummer Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Feb 2012
Mon 05-Mar-12 07:03 PM


>but I hear the 50 1.8 is almost a necessity and is great for portrait and single-subject shots.

Since the 50mm is actually a 75mm for dx bodies, wouldn't the 35mm actually be a better portrait lens? You can get closer to the subject. Or is it that the 50mm will give you a better blurred background?

MEMcD

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#6. "RE: New lens for D60" | In response to Reply # 5

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Tue 06-Mar-12 03:05 AM

Hi Patrick,


>Since the 50mm is actually a 75mm for dx bodies, wouldn't the
>35mm actually be a better portrait lens?

The focal length of any lens does not change when it is mounted on a DX body. Only the Field of View changes (Crop Factor)due to the smaller DX sensor. A 50mm lens on a DX body has the same Field of View as a 75mm lens on a film or FX body.

Traditional 35mm format portrait focal lengths go between about 70mm and 135mm. The reason for the longer focal lengths is perspective. The narrower perspective of a 70mm - 135mm lens is more flattering to the human form than a wide angle lens. That said, everyone eye is different. Some prefer to use a 35mm lens for portraits while others don't. On a DX body, I usually use an 85mm f/1.4 or something even longer.

A 35mm lens on a DX body has the same FOV as a 50mm lens on a film or FX body. 50mm has traditionably been a normal lens on 35mm film bodies providing a perspective similar to our eyes.

>You can get closer to the subject.

True, but some people feel uncomfortable with a camera close to them.


>Or is it that the 50mm will give you a better blurred background?

As I wrote above, longer focal lengths provide a more flattering perspective for the human form and as an added benifit a narrower Depth of Field for the same given aperture.
The bokeh (quality of the out of focus areas) is a function of each particular lens.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

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