Lens and Background Help
Hi! I've been taking photographs for about 1 year now and I was hoping to get a new lens (I own a Nikon D3100). One that has an F-stop at around 1.4 so I can allow more light to enter the lens and take photos in darker lighting conditions... I would be using this lens mostly for full-body and close-up portraits (inside and outside), wedding photos, some scenery... ect.
So what I'd like to know from all of you is which lens do you think it would be best to get? I've been researching the different lenses and thought I'd get some opinions (hopefully from an experiential point of view).
Below are some links to different lenses that are available at Henrys in regard to what I'm looking at, I hope you can all give me an opinion on what would be best!
In addition, the top links are Nikon lenses and the bottom links are from SIGMA. I tried a lens on a SIGMA camera and loved it so I started looking at different SIGMA lenses... Though I believe I'd need to buy a converter for my Nikon in order to use the SIGMA lenses, correct? ~The converter is the first link under the SIGMA section...
Secondly, I was interested in getting a white and black background for taking photos. I'm not sure which type of material would be best for this, however.
In stores, they sell paper backgrounds but those sound like they might rip since they're, well, paper. Am I wrong or are they fairly durable? I was also thinking about getting vinyl from a photography store or maybe even Fabricland (or somewhere similar).
What do you think? What would be best? : )
Also, if I were to get rolls of vinyl or paper for my backkground, does anyone have any suggestions on what brand of stand would be best?
Thanks for all the help!!!
#1. "RE: Lens and Background Help" | In response to Reply # 0
jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Fri 09-Mar-12 06:37 PM
Regarding that part of your post about lenses, please keep in mind that the Nikon AF-D lenses will not autofocus with your camera, so unless you want to focus manually, you should buy the AF-S lenses. Both the 35mm 1.8G and the new 50mm 1.8G are great lenses at bargain prices.
Relative to the Sigmas, Gerold has pinned a list of lenses that will autofocus on the D3100 to the top of this forum. As for the adapter, I believe that most Sigma lenses can be purchased with a Nikon mount, so you won't need the adapter. Once again, check Gerold's list.
#2. "RE: Lens and Background Help" | In response to Reply # 0
MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Fri 09-Mar-12 09:04 PM
Welcome to Nikonians!
JP is correct.
The D3100 does not have an AF motor built into the camera body, therefore requires lenses with AF motors built into them: Nikkor AF-S type lenses and Sigma HSM lenses.
Your choice in fast primes are as follows:
24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S
35mm f/1.4G AF-S
35mm f/1.8G AF-S
50mm f/1.8G AF-S
50mm f/1.4G AF-S
85mm f/1.8G AF-S
85mm f/1.4G AF-S
30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM
50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!