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Old Sep 28, 2007, 1:09 PM   #1
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I have a D80 with the 18-135 kit lens. I am still learning my camera, and will be for some time, but most of my shots are of classic cars. Unfortunately, a lot of those are in low light situations, so the 18-138 is not really the best. Would the 50mm 1.8 help with this, or what woud you recommend.?
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Old Sep 28, 2007, 5:46 PM   #2
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50 1.8 if you got space

30 1.4 (sigma i think) if you got less space
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Old Sep 28, 2007, 8:56 PM   #3
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I think the Sigma 30mm 1.4 is going to be the better choice between the two. In most instances I just don't think I will have the room to utilize the 50mm.
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What distance? are you close to the cars or are they racing? Can't give an answer unless you are more specific.
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Old Sep 29, 2007, 12:37 PM   #5
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The cars are at classic auto shows, so yes, I am close to the cars. I am concerned that with the 50mm I will actually be too close.
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Then the 30mm is about the only option. Almost All other wideangle lenses (be it zoom or prime) are F2.8 or higher.
But, if you are going to work with a tripod then everything below 30 would be great of course.
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May be it's not a new lens that you need...

-> At f/1.4 DOF you won't be able to cover the whole car in low-light!

What you need instead is probably some large diffuser/strobes so you can shoot the whole car with the kit lens @ smaller aperture (i.e. higher f-stop)
If you don't want to work with a tripod that is... :idea:
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Good one NHL! I almost forgot that option (oops).

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Old Oct 10, 2007, 6:44 PM   #9
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My Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 is my baby. The only shame is the long(ish) focal length for indoors and having to stand back for cars, etc.

I'm looking to get another prime lens but in the meantime, here are some photos taken with my 50mm f/1.4 (I've taken these from my site so their quality and resolution is compressed):








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