Price aside, 50mm 1.4 AFD or 35-70 2.8 AFD for Quality
OK, I don't have deep pockets and price is a high concern of mine but I'd like to make the right pick the first time. I just got an N80 and I'm very new here and to photography. Is the a quality difference in thse two lenses? Both seem to be excellant options. I was curious though, as apples to apples as they can be compared, is there a visible difference in their output or is it a choice based on my planned use alone? Reputation? Would the 35-70 be a viable "replacement" for the 50mm? How much lighting difference is there needed between the 1.4 and 2.8? Sorry, so many questions. I've been reading so many of these threads and have learned so much already. I promise, I wont be a pain with too many questions.
#1. "RE: Price aside, 50mm 1.4 AFD or 35-70 2.8 AFD for Quality" | In response to Reply # 0Adesso Basic MemberWed 26-Jul-00 12:53 AM
Welcome to the community! I can't really speak about the 50mm because I don't own an AF version. But, the 35-70mm f/2.8, I can tell you loads about it. The 35-70mm is an awesome lens, aside from it's weight, there is no draw back that I can think of. It's constant f/2.8 f-stop allows you to use it in a myraid of situations where the amount of light and film combination becomes a factor. Not to mention the zooming range versus a fixed focal length lens. Although many traditionalists believe the 50mm to be a perfect starting point in photography, I believe it depends on where you want to go that will decide which lens you choose. I can attest to the sharpness and contrast of the 35-70. It will perform very well under almost any situation. It's all metal construction will assure you years of use, and durability. Hope this helps you out with your decision. Good luck and take care.
"Film is Cheap, Images are Priceless."
#2. "RE: Price aside, 50mm 1.4 AFD or 35-70 2.8 AFD for Quality" | In response to Reply # 1NikF2AS Basic MemberWed 26-Jul-00 09:16 AM
Nice choice with the N80 for a first camera.
Not going to commend on the optics as i own none of them but the two lenses differ tremendously in price and its breath in use.
Most 50mm prime lenses from major brands are very good optically anyway and if you plan to do a lot of low light photography,the extra 2 stops of the f1.4 will be handy.But you have to ask yourself how long you can live with having a single 50mm lens only .It may force you to be really creative with only a single lens to work with and some may say that it is good for learning and some pro (past master) actually work extensively in 1 or 2 primes lenses for their work.
For some/most people it will be quite restrictive in the long run and if you are planning to build a system,you may need both in the future.If you can afford the constant f2.8 zoom,i don't think the an extra 50mm lens will be that much more expensive in the long term.In this day and edge of improving high ISO speed film,you may just get away with f2.8 in some situation.Nikon F2.8 zooms are all well built and i don't think there will be any optical dud in the line up.Many visible difference may be attributed to techniques and if you are meticulous with tripod,exposure accuracy,shutter release etc,and you want big enlargement from your shots,then you should start to look into the issues of optics and consider laying bigger dollars for better glass.(ie.pointless to get a super dooper $$$300mm f2.8 Nikkor and use a flimsy tripod or just hand hold in low light)
I think you should get the zoom if you can afford it and may be get a nice used 50mm f 1.4 lens in the near future if you find out you need the extra 2 stops frequently to be able to hand held in low light situation.
This coming from a person who seldom use a zoom lens.
#3. "RE: Price aside, 50mm 1.4 AFD or 35-70 2.8 AFD for Quality" | In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to the photo world of questions!
I believe you will be happier with the 35-70 f2.8 zoom.
In the past (very many moons ago) the standard 50mm lens was a part of each camera purchase. Your basic lens until you purchased another.
However, in the recent past, most cameras are purchased just as a body. This allows the buyer to pick another lens more suitable for they photography.
The 35-70mm is quite an excellent lens. You will be very happy with it. And the only problem, I have had is the need to use a lens hood to reduce flare.
And you can always shoot for the "Nikon Trio"
- 20-35 f2.8
- 30-70 f2.8
- 80-200 f2.8
Buy it and Enjoy it!