July 13, 2015 at 8:42PM

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50mm 1.8G worth it?

I am thinking of buying a 50mm Nikon prime lens, and is on a quite tight budget. I am wondering whether the addition amount on the 1.8G is worth it? or could I buy the 1.8D instead? I am on a D5200

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What lenses do you own right now ?

July 14, 2015 at 8:18AM, Edited July 14, 8:18AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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the 18-55mm kit lens and a 70-300mm

July 14, 2015 at 9:03AM

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Arby Lagamia
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For video I prefer fully manual lenses so that I can adjust the aperture while shooting, and I find pulling focus more accurate with a manual lens.

So most of the time I'm using older Nikon AI-S lenses, like the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AI-S lens which can be bought used for less than $200 and often in perfect condition.

Autofocus is great for still-photo work, but it's pretty useless for video.

July 14, 2015 at 1:03PM, Edited July 14, 1:03PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Do you really need the f/1.4? I got the AIS f/1,8 pancake for £19 (although I haven't got an adapter yet)
Also got an Olympus OM 24mm f2.8 (£35) and 2 Olympus OM 50mm f1.8, one for £10 (with case) and one for £6 (no case, just caps). The adapter arrived today and they all seem good. The last two were from a market stall.
She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed is not overjoyed with so many lenses so some will have to go. The problem is that a local firm is setting up shop in a barn and tell me that they have 6 CRATES of old camera gear. I'm just going to have a look that's all... unless they have something really interesting, of course.

July 15, 2015 at 2:10PM

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Julian Richards
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No, you definitely don't have to buy the f/1.4 version, but I like the build quality of the f/1.4 lens better, and stopping down the f/1.4 to f/2.8 provides higher performance than stopping the f/1.8 lens to f/2.8. ( I use this with a SpeedBooster so the f/2.8 becomes an effective f/2.0 lens that is sharp and has a great look to the video I shoot with it )

If you can afford it I would try and stick with one lens brand so that the color and contrast produced by all your adapted SLR lenses will look the same. A very long time ago I used to shoot with an Olympus OM-1n and an Olympus OM-2n, then later on I switched to a Nikon F3, and there was quite a difference between the Nikon lenses and my Olympus lenses. ( the Nikon lenses produced a "warmer" color and they had softer contrast which helped when shooting under bright sunlight or spot lit music stages )

July 15, 2015 at 6:20PM, Edited July 15, 6:22PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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And FYI I don't think 50mm f/1.4D has AF capability on Nikons entry lvl cameras.
unless they changed it. From my knowledge only G lenses are able to do AF on D3000 and D5000 series.
I agree with Guy, if you don't need AF get Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Ai-S lens or any Ai and Ai-S lenses built so well.

July 15, 2015 at 9:48AM

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Keith Kim
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Nikkor f1.8 pancake vs Super Takumar f2.0 vs Olympus f1.8 vs Helios 44 f2.0. All 50ish mm. In your opinion, who's the daddy? (see my previous post, is there some sort of self help group for this?)

July 15, 2015 at 2:15PM, Edited July 15, 2:19PM

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Julian Richards
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They all have different looks to them ( in terms of color and contrast ), so you really have to test them with your camera to decide what you like best. Just make sure you test them ALL under the SAME conditions or the test won't be very useful.

I don't like pulling focus with a pancake lens, so that one would be out for me. I know that the Olympus will be very sharp, very contrasty, and a bit on the "cool" side color wise, but if you already own one Olympus lens then I would try and stick with one brand. Otherwise, the Super Takumar or the Helios would be very interesting to try. ( they should be warmer and less contrasty than the Olympus lens, and the Super Takumar will be easier to find if you want to build up a collection of one brand of lens )

July 15, 2015 at 6:27PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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(duplicate)

July 15, 2015 at 6:27PM, Edited July 15, 6:27PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I saw this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i7UjAp9zjc with a Super Takumar on a Rebel T2i and I shot a lot of stills at the London Anime and Gaming Con mostly with the Helios http://imgur.com/a/c9PuV. It can produce a lovely swirling effect due to the fact that Soviet quality control was such that in 30 years or so of factory production, they never seemed to have made any two lenses the same. I also have the proper EF-M 22mm lens which is brilliant on auto but the manual focus consists of sending electronic signals to the camera suggesting what it might like to do.

July 16, 2015 at 1:16PM

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Julian Richards
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Yea, I only know nikkor, canon and lumix lenses. Haven't tried others.
But Nikon gets really punchy when stopped down for sure. I have both Nikkor 50mm f/1.8E series first gen(all black) and the 2nd gen(silver)
I love the size and the quality of the image. But at widest my 50mm f/1.4 Ais has more saturation and contrast. And even compare to my 50mm f/1.4G I prefer the color on my AiS. It's all that old time coating!!! =)
(don't ask me how many 50's I own)

P.S. yes the 1.4 isn't that much of a difference on shallow depth of field, but it makes a lot of difference on your bokeh. Your OOF areas are definitely noticeably creamier. FYI

July 16, 2015 at 1:22PM, Edited July 16, 1:28PM

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Keith Kim
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50's (+/- a bit)?
Super Takumar x 2
Helios 44 x 2
Olympus OM x2
Nikkor
Takumars are excellent, Helios are mental, Olympus match the 24mm. Nikkor good lens too. I may clear out the Olympus group as the 24mm cost me £40 with x2, but it is worth rather more as are the other two (£10 and £6). Ideally, I would like to own every lens ever made, just in case I ever need it.

July 16, 2015 at 3:17PM

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Julian Richards
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As has been stated above, the extra cost for 1.4 isn't needed. I shoot video with a D5200 almost exclusively with a 50mm 1.8 and I love it. Just make sure that you have room to move when shooting and pay extra attention to your focus when you're shooting at 1.8. That extra inch or two of movement can quickly take you from "in focus" to :what am I looking at" in the blink of an eye.

July 16, 2015 at 10:56AM

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Jay Kilburn
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