I have an N80 (F80 in Canada, where I'm from), and the 28-105mm Nikkor lens. Unfortunately, due to a slight mishap, the camera fell, and my 28-105 is currently being shipped back to Nikon for an estimate on repairs. ETA: 5-6 weeks until it's back in my hands.
I also have the new Tamron 70-300mm lens on order, but I'm looking at probably a month before it arrives.
So, my question is this. Due to the fact that most of my photography is done in the summer months, I'd like to buy a cheap lens to take to the various photo opportunities I'll have in the next month or so, preferably a lens that would still be useful after my other lenses arrive.
I'm currently looking at the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 prime. Are there any other suggestions? I've found that Tamron and some of the other lens manufacturers often make good lenses that are considerably cheaper (an important consideration). However, I haven't yet found any suitable lenses.
I do mostly portrait (candid) photography, with some landscape and nature. Hence, I love my 28-105. However, in the meantime, the 50mm seemed like a good bet since the optical quality is so high. Plus, it's very fast ... allowing me to do some available light photography that was innaccessible before.
If working with one focal length won't drive you crazy, the 50 1.8 is a great choice. Cheap, fast and high performance. Limiting yourself to one prime lens has an advantage of forcing you to work a bit more to get the shot from an interesting point of view.
Get the 50. It is cheap, fast and I'm sure you will run into situations where you will use it. If you don't like it, you can always trade it in later on down the road towards the purchase of your choice.
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Thanks everyone for your quick replies. I went out and grabbed the 50 after reading these replies - and so far I'm very impressed! I grew up with an old Minolta XD-11 with a 50mm and a 135mm ... so I'm used to the fixed focal length.
I'm impressed at how light the lens is - very portable, and very cheap in price but not quality. I haven't developed any film with it just yet, but I'm expecting great things.