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Old Jan 27, 2013, 9:31 PM   #1
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Which lens is sharper, the Nikon 35mm AF-S F/1.8G or the Nikon 50mm AF-S F/1.8G ? Both lens are DX type lens for a Nikon D5100. Thanks.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 6:31 AM   #2
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Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX AF-S Nikkor (Tested)

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Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor (Tested)

There isn't much that distinguishes them. The 35 has a lot more vignetting at larger apertures, but SLRGear test results have it slightly sharper than the 50.

But, of course, the angles of view are very different. What do you have in mind?
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I was just wondering which would be the best "all around prime" on a Nikon D5100.
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At 44, the 35/1.8 has a more conventional angle of view than the 50's 3130', but the significant vignetting makes if less desireable in low light. It depends on your shooting style.

Me? I'm a medium telephoto kinda guy.
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I got the 35mm f/1.8 when it first came out. In fact, the combination of that lens and the D5000 was what pushed me to get a DSLR. The 35mm is a very nice lens for the price, but I seldom use it anymore. I have pretty much replaced it with the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. While the 35mm is a bit faster for indoor shooting, I found that I often mis-focused when using it as a general-purpose lens. When you're shooting with the intention of cropping later, it just plain grabs the wrong object within the focus square too often. With a standard range zoom, I can do my cropping in-camera and have much less problem with missed focuses. Maybe that's my technique, but it was a major irritation that I have not been able to overcome. I took the 35mm to use for an indoor event on this past New Year's Eve, and found that I still was missing an awful lot of focuses. So either the lens hasn't learned anything in the past couple of years or I haven't. Either way, I think I'll retire it as a general-purpose lens at this point. FWIW
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Well, let me ask the question in another way. If you could only have one, which one would it be, the 35mm or the 50mm for an all around walk around prime ?
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Which lens is sharper, the Nikon 35mm AF-S F/1.8G or the Nikon 50mm AF-S F/1.8G ? Both lens are DX type lens for a Nikon D5100. Thanks.
Actually, both are not DX type. The 35 is a DX lens while the 50 is an FX lens that a DX camera can use. More importantly, both will auto-focus on a D5100 which is not true for all FX lens.

Which one as a walkaround? Generally, 50mm on a FULL FRAME FX camera is considered a walkaround with a field of view similar to human vision perspective. On a crop sensor camera like the D5100, the 35mm is the equivalent FOV of the 50mm on a full frame camera. The 50mm on the D5100 with the 1.5 multiplier is a field of view of a beginning level portrait lens at 75mm. As such, the 35 is probably the better choice for walkaround.
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I'd probably just zoom to 35mm and 50mm with the 18-55 and decide which focal length I liked better.
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Yes, I have done that, and the problem is that I like them both. Problem solved. I will just buy both of them.
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That's one way to resolve your dilemma.
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