Saturday, November 29, 2008

Buying a dSLR part four Lens selection

This image was taken with the D50 using the 50mm f/1.8 lens.  Settings: ISO 1600, Aperture f/2.5 1/25 second converted to B&W in Lightroom. 

When you purchase a dSLR it is imperative you take into consideration why your are purchasing a dSLR.  Once you understand the reason for the purchase it is easier to determine which lens you can begin to shop for and which lens to avoid.  I find the 50mm lens to be a very valuable lens to keep in my bag at all times.  It is a very 'sharp' lens and is great for not only low light situations but tremendous for portraits too.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

It focuses fast and can be used in low light situations.  If you are purchasing a lens to use to take pictures of your baby then you will want to limit the amount flash needed.  The 50 mm can be used in most situations when shooting at birthday parties and other family events where the need to zoom with the lens isn't critical. If you are taking large family shots then this lens might not fit the 'bill'.  In a future post I will discuss the 17-50mm range zoom options.

This image was taken with the D20 using the 50mm f/1.8 lens.  Settings: ISO 640, Aperture f/2.8 1/45 second.
It is a small lens and will fit in a bag without taking up much room and the cost is approximately $125 new or if you are a Canon shooter less than $100 for new.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

It is one lens that I recommend for most photographers.  The cost is low, the performance is great and the opportunities for great photos is limited only by the imagination of the photographer.

If you have more to spend and want a 'faster' lens then check out the f/1.4 version.  Those that use it state it is much sharper and faster than its f/1.8 sibling.

The Canon version is over $300 new.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

The Nikon version is $280 new.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

If you decide to purchase this lens used and do not like it, you should be able to resell it for the same cost you purchased it.  Its value doese not seem to move from the $100 price range.  It is one of those lens that folks call a 'work horse' lens.  If you do own this lens then open it wide open to f/1.8 and experiment with different 'looks'.  Below are two 'close up' shots with the 50mm f/1.8. 

This image was shot with the 50mm on my D50. Settings: Aperture f/1.8, ISO 800, shutter speed: 1/40 second

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