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D80 & Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

john ellingsworth , Dec 12, 2006; 03:30 p.m.


I recently acquired the D80 w/18-135 kit and wanted to get a fast lens that I could actually afford. I am strongly considering this lens, and am wondering what specific issues I would face in using it with the D80. I also considered the 50mm f/1.4, but from what I have read, the soft focus of it negates any benefit over the 1.8.

Comments, suggestions or experiences greatly appreciated.




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Michael Axel , Dec 12, 2006; 03:39 p.m.

John, I use the f/1.8 version and love it. It is a great performer. I've also used a non-AF version of the f/1.4. I think people get too entrenched in legend and fail to sort out fact, but the f/1.4 is a great performer as well. If there's a "negate" element in the comparison, it's that there is not a full f-stop difference between f/1.4 and f/1.8. Plus the f/1.4 is about 3 times more money. If you need the speed, the f/1.4 is a great lens too, and the only time it ever looks soft is at full aperture.

Robert Budding , Dec 12, 2006; 03:40 p.m.

The 50mm f/1.8 is a very good lens - I use one on my D200. For $100 you really can't miss.

BW Combs , Dec 12, 2006; 04:00 p.m.

Get the 50mm f/1.8.

Dan Zimmerman , Dec 12, 2006; 04:20 p.m.

John, the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 is the best value going. Sharp, fast and cheap - all at the same time. Not too many lenses out there that you can say about that.

Get one without hesitation.

50mm f1.8 on a D100

john ellingsworth , Dec 12, 2006; 04:32 p.m.

Thanks everyone for the quick replies. I am going to go with the 1.8, and hope to share some photos as soon as possible.



Anthony Bez , Dec 12, 2006; 06:15 p.m.

'Soft Focus' f1.4 are you kidding?

The only reason to purchase the f1.8 over the f1.4 is the cost. The 1.4 is superior in every other way. If you can not afford one by all means buy the 1.8. But do not kid yourself it is a better lens.

WJ Lee , Dec 12, 2006; 06:20 p.m.

I don't know where this myth that 50 1.4 is significantly less sharp than 1.8 comes from. True, about twice as more expensive than 1.8 but yo do get better optics and a faster lens. No doubt 1.8 is better value but 1.4 is without a doubt a better lens in just about every way.

Michael Meneklis , Dec 12, 2006; 06:22 p.m.

The only reason to buy 1.4 is 0.3 stop difference and use in very dim light. 1.8 is maybe the best ever sharo lens of Nikon. I use it 30 years and I am it's superb. This is not just my opinion but you may read reviews. Keep the extra money for the next lens.

Frank Skomial , Dec 12, 2006; 06:54 p.m.

"I also considered the 50mm f/1.4, but from what I have read, the soft focus of"

- the "soft focus" is an opinion voiced by those who could not afford the 50/1.4, and had to settle for 1.8, and that bothers them too much apparently.

"Sharp minds" use sharp lenses, others just brag about it.

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