I'm thinking about buing this lens. I'm not sure which lens should I buy. This Sigma or Nikkor 50 1,4D.
Both of this lens ar at aroun the same price.
I like macro photography.
Does anybody of you give ma advice??
Sorry but my English is poor.
#1. "50 mm first!" | In response to Reply # 0Mr. Nikon Basic MemberThu 26-Oct-00 10:07 AM
I advice you to buy the 1,4 Nikkor first. This is a lens which offers you a maximum aperture of 1,4 at a price which is about 30 % of the 1,4/85. The 50 mm lens is your backup for available light photography, not heavy and so small that it will always find a place in your photobag. If you want to save money you can buy the 1,8/50 which I have. It offers excellent optical quality, too.
If you want to get a macro lens think of the distance between your lens and the object. 50 mm lenses cause a very short distance at ratios near 1:1, so a longer lens with 105 mm or 180-200 mm will be better if you want to take pictures of insects etc. But this is only my personal opinion.
Mr. NIkon from Germany
#2. "RE: 50 mm first!" | In response to Reply # 1Merlin Basic MemberFri 27-Oct-00 02:53 AM
I had the manual version of the 50mm Macro lens you are thinking of buying. DON'T risk it! Sigma may have improved their quality control since 1993, but my lens failed (stuck aperture) just over a year after I bought it. You might be lucky and pick up a Sigma lens that wasn't built on a Friday afternoon, but Sigma is to lenses what Yugo was to the motor industry...
If there's any way your budget will alow it, go for the Nikkor. My Sigma was optically OK, but you can bet the Nikkor will last longer and beat it hands down on everything. You won't regret it.
Mr. Nikon's advice is valid - a 105mm lens puts a bit more distance between you and the subject.
Hope this helps...
#3. "RE: 50 mm first!" | In response to Reply # 2Teracos Basic MemberFri 27-Oct-00 06:31 AM
Thanks Mr.Nikon and Mike.
Yesterday was my first visit at this site. I think it is nice place. I have been reading some messages about Sigmas lenses, about both Nikkor 50mm.
After this and your's answers I decidet to buy Nikkor.
This 1.8 non D bergain at 1/3 of price of 1.4D.
Last week I got a bonus from work so maybe it will be this 1.4D.
Do you think is it a good choose?
Sorry but my English is so bad....
Greetings, have a good weekend.
#4. "RE: 50 mm first!" | In response to Reply # 3Merlin Basic MemberFri 27-Oct-00 08:56 AM
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Hi Tomasz, and welcome to Nikonians!
I've had little experience with autofocus Nikkor lenses, only with the older, manual AI Nikkors. The older f-1.8 50mm is actually slightly sharper optically than the f-1.4 version. I think the optics are similar with the AF lenses - please correct me if I'm misinformed. Of course the 1.4 is also a VERY good lens, but a lot of people agree that the 1.8 has a slight edge. Unless you plan on doing a lot of low light photography, spending more money on the 1.4 might not be worth it - it's only half a stop faster.
In any case, the 50mm lens is one of my favourites. Al Smith and I put a few posts up here praising this focal length, but it might have been moved to the archives.
What kind of camera are you using? You haven't filled out your user profile yet, so we don't know where you live...
If you're interested in doing a lot of close up and macro photography, you might want to save up some money for one of the Micro-Nikkors. The normal 50mm lenses won't focus all that close. The Sigma would have, but for how long?