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Old Oct 7, 2006, 8:35 PM   #1
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I am using a d70 and so far the ebst I have found is a 50 1.8. Any ideas?:|
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Old Oct 8, 2006, 1:29 AM   #2
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IF your shooting people then the 50mm f1.8 (or F1.4) is a great lens, Use a flash at low power (or get the sb-600) and crank the ISO up to 800 or 1600.

If your taking pictures more of the scenery / architecture then Sigma has some decently priced 24, 28 and i believe 30mm f1.8's.

though from the reviews I have seen stay away from their 20mm f1.8.

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Old Oct 8, 2006, 3:07 AM   #3
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I can't use flash. I have used the 50. Not fast enugh. Have been lookng for the 1.2
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Old Oct 8, 2006, 6:43 AM   #4
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To my knowledge there isn't an AFf 1.2 lens available. Nikon does make a 50 and 85 f1.4. Be aware that wide open, DOF iextremely shallow making . Optically, the lens is also very soft wide open.
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Old Oct 8, 2006, 7:53 AM   #5
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there is a 1.2 lens from nikon, but its not a new AF lens but an AI lens, atleast if i remember correctly. you can use it but it will be difficult to get the focus correct, because it has such shallow dof
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Do you have any test pics?
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Old Oct 8, 2006, 3:30 PM   #7
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Don't bother even looking at the F1.2, Its like 500$ USed on ebay (if you can even find it) And its ultra rare, and the quality of it isn't so hot (read BAD) (At F1.2).

If you feel you need faster shutter speeds, you can spend the 400$ on the F1.4, OR upgrade to a D80, for Its ISO 3200..


Keep in mind lens shake is less worrysome on a wide angle lens, so the sigma's may work slightly better for you, But moving people will still be blurry.
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The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC seems to get pretty good user reviews. So, you may want to take a look at it. It runs $429 at B&H. If budget permitted, I'd probably get one for low light use with my KM 5D (sometimes, my 28mm f/2 isn't really bright enough, even with ISO 3200 and antishake available).

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC AF Lens in Nikon Mount at B&H

Here is an album comparing one on a Canon with the Canon 35mm f/1.4L and Canon 35mm f/2

http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/30v35s

If you search around the net, you may be able to find some comparisons with Nikkor glass using a Nikon DSLR.

Any camera/lens combination is going to have limitations, though. If you still can't get the shutter speeds needed, you can also deliberately underexpose a bit to help out. Shooting in RAW is the best way to do this.

If you underexpose a stop at ISO 1600 and brighten the photos using software later, for all pratical purposes, you'd be shooting at ISO 3200. Just use a -1.0 EV Setting with Exposure Compensation or use manual exposure and meter a stop darker than the camera thinks is needed. Then, brighten it with software or the Exposure Slider in your Raw Converter.

I wouldn't do this unless absolutely necessary, and don't underexpose any more than needed. Noise will be higher, just as if you had a higher ISO speed available, and underexposing also hurts your Dynamic Range.

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