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50mm lens for D5200 - Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S a good choice?

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by Dai10, Sep 16, 2017.

  1. Dai10

    Dai10 Active Member

    As the thread title suggests I'm looking to buy a prime lens for my D5200. The main purpose will be photos of our baby for which I would like to be able to take well in poorish light and possibly blur unwanted backgrounds. Currently all I have is the 18-55 DX VR kit lens. I have tried taking photos at both 35mm and 50mm, and think I prefer the results at 50mm.

    Whatever new lens I get I want it to autofocus with my camera, take good shots of baby & mum/ family/friends and also possibly be useful for back to basics out and about photography (If I ever have time again...). It's possibly worth clarifying that my definition of good shots would be nice to very nice snaps not competition entries.

    Thanks in advance, and apologies if this question has been answered many many times before.
  2. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    You "think" you prefer the results at 50mm, you need to be sure before proceeding. The advantage of 50mm is that you are not on top of the baby or child, if you do go for a 50mm and want autofocus, this is the lens to go for, there are not really any other options, other than the 50mm f1.4 AF-S. If you went for a 35mm, the obvious lens is the 35mmG AF-S DX. All of these are good performers. The other option is to think about a better standard zoom, such as the Sigma or Tamron 17-50 F2.8 lenses.
  3. Dai10

    Dai10 Active Member

    Thanks for the input, yes not being too/so close to the subject matter was one of my thoughts. I also think the photos I have taken at 50mm look better. I hadn't considered buying an improved zoom though that now seems like a good option. However whilst being kept awake last night/this morning I ordered a 'like-new' 50mm f/1.8 from mpb. Hopefully in a week or so I can report back on how I have got on. If I decide I really don't want the 50mm I may be able to return it, if not I have friends and family with Nikon D series cameras, one of whom may be interested.
  4. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    I am not a Nikon person so can not comment on the lens quality but in my book the 50mm is a specialist portrait lens, on APSC, so could be a good option to have in your locker even if you go for something else as the main choice.
  5. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    The 50mm is an excellent performer, very sharp with quick autofocus, useful in lower light situations. It is also light in weight, well worth keeping anyway, a used 35mm f1.8 can be had for £110 or a bit more. Similarly sharp to the 50mm.
  6. Dai10

    Dai10 Active Member

    Arrived today, apart from the external condition of the box I would have struggled to tell it from brand new. My initial (extremely early) impressions are very good and I look forward to snapping away over the next few days and beyond.
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  7. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    The 50mm should do what you plan to do, so yes I think it would be a good option. As you went S/H you are actually very safe as if you don't like it you can always sell it and get your money back, not that I think you will.
  8. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera Well-Known Member

    The 50mm Nikkor lens would be a good choice for what you want but make sure you buy the right one that will auto focus on your camera...

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