35mm vs. 50mm (for Nikon D40)

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35mm vs. 50mm (for Nikon D40)

Does anyone have any experience with both the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S vs. the 35mm f/1.8G AF-S. Other than aperture, both lenses seem to have very similar qualities (e.g., useful in low light, for portraits). I'm going to second shoot my first wedding this weekend and want something that will work in low light.

I'm thinking about getting the 35mm because it's half the price of the other one ($199 vs. $439). With the money I save, I could get a speedlight. However, I would love any feedback you have before I make the final purchase. Thanks!

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I have a Nikon D60 and I was deciding between those two lenses as well. I finally decided on the 35 because of the price and I LOVE it. It is a great lens and it is easier to use inside than a 50mm just because you have more room to move. Of course I have heard that the 50mm 1.4 is amazing as well. I guess it just depends on how much money you want to spend.
The only drawback to the 35 is that it cannot be used with a full frame camera, so if you ever plan to upgrade to a pro camera you won't be able to use it (like beyond a D90 I think).
But if you get the 35, I promise you won't be dissapointed!
I let one of my photographer friends use my camera to take a pic of me and I had my 35 on it and he had to go get one for his D70 because he liked it so much!

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Thanks Sara! I'm pretty sure I'm going for the 35mm. I'm confident I'll get more than $200 of use from it before I ever decide to upgrade!

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I don't think you can go wrong with either lens. I have the 50mm/1.4 and it is one sweet lens. I don't have the 35mm, but have been considering it just for inside shots (like family shots at Christmas). For the price, you can't beat that deal.

Best of luck!
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I have both, and love them both. I'd say get the 35 and the speedlight for now. The 35 will give you a little more room to work with for a wedding, but can still be used for portraits if need be. You'd have to back up pretty far with the 50 to get any scenery in.

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I have both, and love them both. I'd say get the 35 and the speedlight for now. The 35 will give you a little more room to work with for a wedding, but can still be used for portraits if need be. You'd have to back up pretty far with the 50 to get any scenery in.

Lisa,

Will the 35mm do a good job with portraits?

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A friend photographer of mine uses the 35 for all her portraits..she uses the D40x. Seriously, you'll LOVE the lens..it's super sharp!

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Got it! Plus, I threw in a speedlight (SB600) for good measure. Smile Actually, I felt a little obligated to make it worth their while, because Tyler peed on the floor of the camera store (my fault, since I didn't take his "Mommy, I've gotta go potty" requests as seriously as I should have)!

Anyway, I got a little practice in yesterday evening as the light was starting to fade. I didn't take any good shots, but I enjoyed testing the lens' range. I'm a little more intimidated by the speedlight since I haven't really worked in manual with one.

I hope to have some good shots to share very soon.