Just upgraded and converted from a canon T3i. I must say the canon was nice but I'm loving the nikon.
I have a question: I have just purchased the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens and it should be here in the next few days. I've read reviews but would like some input on how the users here that have the lens like it.
I shot every indoor picture of my oldest grandson during his first year with a 35mm 1.8 without a flash. Love the lens. I also had a 50mm 1.8 that I gave to my step son. My 35mm was sharper than the 50mm I had. I was using a D90 at that time mostly at ISO 200 at F1.8. The pictures were razor sharp and the depth of field was razor thin close in. If the subjects eyes aren't on the same plane, one will be out of focus. When the second grand son came along last year I got lazy and started using a zoom and a flash. The 35 mm shots in natural light were much better. I need to dust off the 35mm it's a great lens.
The 35 1.8 has an excellent reputation for being sharp wide open with good contrast and color. It is very popular because on DX, it presents a field of view similar to 50mm on a film or Fx camera. That has been called the "normal" lens because that field of view is close to that of the human eye(it is not really, since our field of view with one eye is wider and our brain compiles a composite of images to create a wider scene). The only downside for some people is that it is not a zoom lens but the added light gathering capability, sharpness and color makes up for the inconvenience of having to zoom with feet. I have one, and also a whole bag of higher end Nikon lenses, none are that much better, but have some specific reason for having such as focal length or maximum aperture. The D7100 and 35mm are a great combination for a reasonable price. The camera is certainly the best Dx camera available now, and the 35 is one of the best for value-performance vs. cost. If you like fixed lenses, you might be interested in the excellent 85 1,8G also, about twice the price but as a short telephoto or portrait lens, it is 95% as good as a 3-times more expensive 85 1.4. Nikon makes a series of fast small prime lenses that are really good: 28 1.8, 35 1.8, 50 1.8, and 85 1.8 Stan St Petersburg Russia