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Old Jul 3, 2003, 3:32 PM   #1
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Default 50mm 1.4 or 1.8?

Are there differences in sharpness and contrast between these two lenses? Nikkor 50mm 1.4 and 1.8? Or is it only the aperture that separate the two?
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Old Jul 3, 2003, 4:11 PM   #2
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The 50mm 1.8 is supposed to be a little bit sharper!!! (the question is if you eyes actually can see that. ).

I own a 50mm 1.8 and it's my sharpest lens ( at f.4) together with my Sigma 15-30mm at 15mm f.8. Funny huh, one of Nikons sharpest and then a zoom from Sigma can be as sharp. And it is!!! At least when I use them.

The price of a used 50mm is very good and I can recommend that lens. ( 75mm at D100)
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Old Feb 20, 2006, 11:28 PM   #3
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go with the 1.8 the $ u save have a nice dinner or buy a couple of circular pollrizers to with the lense.
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Old Feb 24, 2006, 7:55 PM   #4
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I just recently purchased the 1.8 for my D-50 and it really is awesome!!! I'd save the extra money towards another lens.

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Old Feb 25, 2006, 7:37 PM   #5
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Here is a sample from my D-50 using my new Nikon 50mm 1.8. This doll was sitting on a table in a room on the north side of our house, the only light was a north facing window with the mini blind half open, taken at 6:00 this evening. Other than a crop and resizing this is straight from the camera. I am VERY pleased with this $115.00 lens!

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Old Feb 28, 2006, 6:40 PM   #6
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do you think it will be better if I will buy the D50 body and atached to it the 50mm 1.8D from nikon, or take the kit lens 18-55mm instead ?
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Old Feb 28, 2006, 7:16 PM   #7
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Hello Idan! I am quite happy with the 18-55 for landscapes I have many of them posted in the landscape forum, I love the 50mm for portraits and low light situations, I have tried the 50mm for landscapes and find that I really prefer a wider lens. I would really want both lenses.

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Old Mar 1, 2006, 3:26 PM   #8
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Thanks for the answer, It seems that the best option is to start with the lens kit and then after getting some experience in the field I will deecide what I need,I f I need.

Do you have any suggetions to a better lens than the 18-55mm kit lend with about the same foca ranges and a little bit more expensive lens ?
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Hey, Idan.
The lens that comes with the D70 is 18-70mm. I think it's aperture range is 3.5-5.6 like the d50 kit lens. It has ED elements and is overall better than the d50 kit lens. The real issue is that you only save about $100 buying the d50 without the kit lens and the d70 kit lens is around $300.

ps. Check out www.adorama.com for your d50. I bought mine there a few weeks ago for $599.95. Awesome. Also, see their SD card prices.

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Do you have any suggetions to a better lens than the 18-55mm kit lend with about the same foca ranges and a little bit more expensive lens
The only lens in this category is the 18-70 that normally comes with the D70s, and it runs around $300usd. Beyond that, the only better lenses are significantly more expensive. Again, as I've mentioned in many posts, the 18-55 is a solid, if unremarkable performer, that is a great value when packaged with the D50. There is nothing in it's class for it's price. I would get the lens even if I didn't plan on using it often, as the price is so cheap as part of the kit.
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