I am looking for feedback on anyone who has a D40(x) and the nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF lens. I am considering purchasing this lens and am wondering how easy/hard it is to use the lens/camera combo with manual focus and setting the aperture on the lens itself. Also, does the metering work on the camera with this lens? Any advice/feedback would be appreciated as will any sample photos taken with this lens and the D40. Thanks in advance.
I'm having D40x and 50mm f/1.8D. ( I'm a DSLR beginner ). It's a great lens although the manual foccus make me feel some unconveniences. It's quite hard to foccus subjects in dark room or moving. ( I can not focus on my boy, he always moves). Still objects are great..I'm improving with it. Try to look at the focus confirmation indicator on the left corner of monitor while you adjust the focus ring). But it's very very sharp and much greater in low light condition than the 18-50mm lens kit. To take indoor pictures,I almost use it, not the kit lens. Almost pictures I like, I took from it. It's worth the money as many good reviews of it.Look like this one is in pocket of everyone because it's cheap and sharp.VERY SHARP IF YOU FOCUS MANUAL RIGHT . Get one if you can focus manually or can't afford to get AF-S. Here are sample pictures I took with the 50mm f1.8 by my D40x. Opps...sorry, I don't see anyway to upload the pictures onto here.
Mine works just fine on my D40. Of course, old people like me are used to manual focus. Its what we did all our lives, and the big aperture and big focusing ring help a lot. Its not like trying to manual focus one of them there newfangled pure AF lenses with that damn tiny ring you can never find when you need it.
I have. But I can not upload picts to here because of my limited registration.I don't have web photo sharing either. Hope will make it sometimes. But you can go to amazon.com and look at sample picts there.
>Very nice images. Can you explain what it means to have the >lens reversed and how do you do it? Thanks again for all the >information.
Sure, you buy a BR-2A lens reverser which is basically a threaded lens mount (no glass) for $30. You thread it into your lens filter threads and then install the lens "backwards" on your camera. It allows you to do macro photography on the cheap. Of course, since your D40 can't sense the lens, everything is manual, but on a digital camera trial and error is easy. BTW, the 18-55 kit lens is pretty good for almost macro closeups out of the box, and you can crop the pictures down to macro scale pretty easily.
It's not hard... the camera meters just fine with this lens, so you can change the aperture via D40 body like any other lens. The manual focus isn't difficult at all, but it does take a little bit of getting used to. I just got it Saturday afternoon and I've been shooting with it all weekend just so I can get the practice on the focus bit.
Honestly, I haven't looked for the green dot, although I probably should... I just got the D40 10 days ago and I knew before I bought it that I would be buying this lens too. I'm going to look at the green dot when I get home tonight.
I found it more difficult to get the focus right in darker conditions, but damn, when you do get it right, it looks really good. I've only been shooting it at f1.8, but I am going to play with the other apertures this week.
Like you, I did not know looking at that focus confirmation light during the first week I used it. I tried to look in the focus area only,(poor my eyes!) .It's okay for outdoor and under daylight , however when I focused subjects indoor, at night, damn..so hard to see!!I even had planed to return it! Fortunately, I went to forum to learn and......figured out that indicator!!! It's very very helpful for indoor manual focus, I would say. Now my pictures are getting much better with that tiny dot.
I find the convenience of the 18-55 far superior to the 50mm, but I also find the pictures (color, sharpness, everything) of the 50mm far superior to the 18-55. Plus I enjoy shooting at 1.8 sometimes.
Focusing is easy (unless you have poor vision) unless it's dark. I didn't know you could use the green dot until the other day, so I haven't used that yet. The focusing ring is easy to use, and precise.
When you adjusting the manual focus ring, the green dot still does not light up until you get the right focus. It light up, flashing then solid. But I don't sure if I can shoot when it's flashing or continue to adjust focus ring until it gets solid light, to get shaper subjects. At now, I only do the last way. Hope I'm right.
Here's a shot I took of a cat with the aperture open to 1.8 - had to do the manual focus quickly as cats aren't the most patient of subjects, but I think I got his face in focus. Also, bounced an SB-600. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyusc/2229603329/
Thu 31-Jan-08 04:37 AM | edited Thu 31-Jan-08 11:26 AM by greshaki
>Here's a shot I took of a cat with the aperture open to 1.8 - >had to do the manual focus quickly as cats aren't the most >patient of subjects, but I think I got his face in focus. >Also, bounced an SB-600. >http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyusc/2229603329/ >
Wow dude what a great shot! Here's one I took hunting bees in Dad's front garden, this is my first manual focus lens and it takes a bit of getting used to. Especially when it's wide open, the DOF is razor thin. Best results from watching the little green dot
I have this body/lens combo and it is great! If you do anything indoor, the lens is a must have. Since it is a fixed lens, the left hand feels natural controlling the focus, when you would otherwise be controlling focal length. My images have turned out very sharp and also true to life.
Get it. So cheap, and such a great addition. Brandon