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Old May 13, 2011, 8:17 AM   #1
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Default Input on 35mm f/ 1.8 AF-S DX Nikkor

I shoot w/ a D90 and have the 18-55 kit lens along w/ the 70-300 lens. I'm a newbie to photography looking to shoot families, children, babies...(portrait and candid)
I do not have an external flash and was looking for something to shoot indoors w/ that can handel low light. Is this a good fit? I know very little about lenses. A photographer who recently took my families photos is selling this lens for $100. I'm tempted to try it however, don't have a $100 of "play" money!?

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Old May 13, 2011, 8:47 AM   #2
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The Nikon 35 f/1,8 is a wonderful lens, and a light sponge. It feels like it could shoot in the dark. However, that doesn't mean that you should shoot in the dark. I would probably pounce on the 35mm because it's a great buy. But you really need a flash unit, too. No lens is going to create light where none exists. There is no wide aperture or high ISO that can substitute for that.
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Old May 13, 2011, 2:51 PM   #3
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Thanks. I think I will Have you ever personally used this lens?

Yes, I need lighting and post processing...I have the photog fever!!
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Old May 13, 2011, 3:13 PM   #4
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Great buy. I have this lens. It stays on my camera more than any other. The sharpness is above and beyond the 18-55. On DX it's a great people lens.

I've posted this here before but here is a good sharpness example:

Full pic -

Roxie closeup by thedigme, on Flickr


100% crop -

100% Crop by thedigme, on Flickr

$100 is a steal. People have been charging almost $300 for them lately and they've been hard to get.

See my flickr feed for lots of portraits taken with this lens:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

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Old May 13, 2011, 3:32 PM   #5
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WOW! I'm in love Great photos!!
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Old May 13, 2011, 3:36 PM   #6
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Thanks and no prob!

I HATE using my 18-55 EVER but sometimes I'm forced to use it if I need the wide angle. Sharpness doesn't approach the 35 and noise is way worse. The 35 turns that noise into bokeh. I hope to buy a better wide angle down the road so I can dump the 18-55. Currently I've preorded the Nikon 50mm 1.8 AF-S that is about to be released next month but I'm having second thoughts about possibly withdrawing that order and saving up for a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. Still undecided.

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Old May 13, 2011, 4:00 PM   #7
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Have you ever personally used this lens?
Yes. I actually bought my D5000 body-only because I wanted this as my first lens. Back in the days of film, my first 35mm camera was a Voigtlander Vito CLR, which had a 50mm lens (which is pretty much the 35mm equivalent of this lens on a DX body). That was a darker lens than this, but it was a sheer delight to me at that time. The 35mm f/1.8 and the D5000 kind of recaptured the magic of that first camera for me.

I now have the Tokina 12-24mm f/4, the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR, and the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro in addition to that lens. But the 35mm f/1.8 is still my favorite general-purpose lens. I am "lens'ed up" at this point, and am not looking to get any more for a while. If I decide to get another lens at some point, it will very likely replace one of these in my line-up (unless I develop a strange personality quirk and decide that I want a fish-eye lens or the like). But, so far, I am quite happy with each of these lenses for their respective uses.
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Old May 18, 2011, 12:47 PM   #8
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Where can I get one of these lenses at a reasonable price? I have resorted to RENTING one for an event I am doing in june because the price is just too high to purchase.
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Amazon (an authorized Nikon dealer if I am not mistaken) is showing it in stock for $200: http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-35mm-AF-...5745089&sr=1-1
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^ They just came back in stock at Amazon (I think yesterday) so get one while you can because a lot of the other places that have them in stock charge a $70-$90 premium.

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