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    Currently, I own three lenses: an 18-55mm, a 55-200mm, and a 60mm macro. The macro is fun for photos but difficult with subjects who move around a lot (e.g., my son!) The 18-55mm kit lens is okay, too, but the widest aperature (I think) is 5.3. The zoom is great for catching subjects unaware, but impossible for close-ups.

    I have trouble shooting without a flash in low lighting and hope the wider aperture will help. Plus, I like the bokeh effect. I want to get a good speedlight eventually, but I'd like to get a better grip on natural lighting beforehand.

    Nikon makes a 50mm lens that allows for a much wider aperture. Could anyone here tell me if that lens would be a good investment for my purposes or if they have other suggestions? Thanks!
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    I don't shoot nikon, but I have the canon 50mm 1.4, and I love it!

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    I just bought the Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens. It cost me about $150, but I think you can find it cheaper. I love it. I makes nice bokeh, considering I was only getting a f/3.5. I am enjoying it a lot. Of course, if you can go for the 1.4, I say GO FOR IT!
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    I have the Canon 50mm 1.8 and I love it!
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    I've got my eye on the 50mm 1.8 for Canon too! I cannot wait to get it! If I could I'd get the 1.4 but it's twice the price.

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    Which Nikon do you use? Some of the lower end models will not autofocus with the 50mm.
    That being said, I love my 50 1.8, hope someday to upgrade to the 1.4. I also have the 35 1.8 and am scoping out the 85 1.8 or the 105 1.8. All are great portrait lenses IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laberglund View Post
    Which Nikon do you use? Some of the lower end models will not autofocus with the 50mm.
    That being said, I love my 50 1.8, hope someday to upgrade to the 1.4. I also have the 35 1.8 and am scoping out the 85 1.8 or the 105 1.8. All are great portrait lenses IMO.
    I use the D40 and will definitely check to make sure it can autofocus. Trying to manually focus with children is just not my strength.

    Thanks, everyone! It sounds like I should be able to find a good lens that's not too expensive.
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    Also want to give some props for the 50mm 1.8! Love that lens for portraits. cheap good SHARP lens. Can't go wrong

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    Unfortunately, the 50mm will NOT autofocus with the D40. The 35mm 1.8 WILL though, and I LOVE that lens. Another one to check out is the Tamron 28-75 2.8. I don't own it, but have heard great things. You'd want to make sure that its compatible with the D40 though.
    Good luck with your decision!
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    Thanks, Lisa. I'm going to check out Adorama and some other sites today and check these out. Manual focus would be okay for adult subjects, and maybe something I'll consider if I get some extra cash, but I want to do some child portraits this spring. I'll keep you all posted!
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