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Advice needed on whether to buy new lens


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choli Registered since 20th Aug 2010
Fri 20-Aug-10 01:13 PM | edited Fri 20-Aug-10 01:32 PM by choli


I just bought the D3000 a few days ago, I ve got the 18-55mm kit lens and an AF 85mm f/1.8 i used to own for my film camera (F 601, i ve only got basic photographing skills) a long time ago. The main reason for buying the D3000 is to take photos of my 3 months old baby and my dog.

I used the kit lens for taking pictures of my baby and dog, however, i found the depth of field is not shallow enough at around 35mm and 55mm. While i use the 85mm lens, i can take pictures with shallow depth of field, but it is hard to focus manually and the focal length becomes too long (85mm x 1.5).As such, the photos are always blurred.

I then have quite a few questions:
In order to take good portrait photos (with bokeh), should i invest on buying the Nikon AFS 35mm f/1.8 lens? Or any other good lens at around $300?
Or am i using the kit lens incorrectly ( i m using the A mode)?
Is there any way to improve my manual focus skill? Cos i think the 85mm lens is of better quality than the kit lens.
What is the best focal length for taking pictures of babies and dogs?

Thanks in advance, i am very confused.