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Old Mar 27, 2010, 11:50 AM   #11
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Well, I purchased the D5000 kit with the 70-300 AF-S VR. I also got the 50mm 1.8, even knowing that the AF would not work. I am very new to photography, and probably naive, but I figured it would probably be good for me, and force me to learn to use a manual focus. Price was also a consideration in this purchase. Hopefully I won't regret the decision.
Thanks for all the advice. I am excited about the camera, and doing something new. I'm sure I will post more questions later.
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Old Mar 27, 2010, 11:54 AM   #12
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Well you are set up for an upgrade to a d90 or what it will be next, when you are ready
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 1:57 PM   #13
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Well, I am now regretting my portrait lens choice. I really enjoy the other lenses with the auto focus, but feel like I do need it with my portrait lens. My next question is: How do I fix my problem? I am not going to go get a D90 yet, but am willing to get a different portrait lens that has AF that works with my D5000. What are my best options? I would like to stick with a Nikkor lens for continuity.
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 2:19 PM   #14
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Nikon has a 50mm af-s lens now.
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 2:34 PM   #15
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If you want more reach, wait a bit and go check out the sigma 85mm 1.4 HSM that will be coming out. If it follows in the same lines as the sigma 50mm 1.4 HSM. It should be an excellent prime. Hope that helps
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There's the Nikon AF-S 35/1.8 (~$200), AF-S 60/2.8 Macro (~$530), and AF-S 50/1.4 (~$430), the Sigma 50/1.4 (~$500), and the Tamron 60/2.0 Macro (~$500).
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Well, I am now regretting my portrait lens choice. I really enjoy the other lenses with the auto focus, but feel like I do need it with my portrait lens. My next question is: How do I fix my problem? I am not going to go get a D90 yet, but am willing to get a different portrait lens that has AF that works with my D5000. What are my best options? I would like to stick with a Nikkor lens for continuity.
Thanks for all the advice!
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What's wrong with using the other two lenses you have for portraits. I know they are slower, but you can get blurred backgrounds with these lenses. Even without large apertures, by using longer focal lengths and/or increasing subject to background distance you can still isolate your subject from the background even stopped down a bit.

Yes using large aperture lenses does make it a bit easier, but you don't need primes to shoot portraits.
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What is it you are looking for in a portrait lens that makes it a 'portrait lens', as all of us have different shooting styles?

Before you spend quite a bit of money it is worth investigating that question in case you make a more costly mistake than the 50mm f1.8.rjseeney is correct that you have lenses that can do pretty well at blurring the background already. Personally I would have more of a play with the 70-300 for this use and see if it does what you are looking for. Use it in aperture priority, set the lens to 70mm and the aperture to the widest/small f number (I believe it is f4.5) then frame your subject quite tight and see what you get. I think you might be quite happy. Then start using a little more focal length on the lens, step back if you need to and see how you like it. If you were to shoot at 300mm and f5.6 then the DOF is very shallow, but your subject will also look quite flat due to the long lens..... oh and you will need to be a bit of a way away.

I'm not saying that using wide aperture lenses isn't a good way to go, but just to investigate further and try with what you have first.
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I'll also add that, for sports/action/wildlife, the Nikon D5000 isn't necessarily the best choice. The
Nikon D90 and the Canon T1i have better autofocus systems for that, and aren't very different in price.[/QUOTE]

I was under the impression that the D90 and the D5000 had the same A F systems.
The reviews on this site dont point out any difference ?
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I'll also add that, for sports/action/wildlife, the Nikon D5000 isn't necessarily the best choice. The
Nikon D90 and the Canon T1i have better autofocus systems for that, and aren't very different in price.

I was under the impression that the D90 and the D5000 had the same A F systems.
The reviews on this site dont point out any difference ?
Absolutely. The AF System in the D3000/D5000 is an improvement over the system in the D40/D60, but it's still not as good as any of the other entry level APS-C dSLRs.
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