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    50mm Lens?

    I am considering buying a 50mm lens for Nikon. I didn't use my 50mm from my Pentax SLR a lot, but I just developed some photos shot with a Leica 50mm f2 summicron and they are beautiful. EX:
    I now have a 28mm on the nikon and I love it for general photography, which includes people a lot.
    What do you guys think? Should I buy a 50mm AF Nikkot [$150]?
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    They are nice for low light times, but otherwise I don't use mine much. If I were starting to build out a kit, I'd probably lean toward a fast 85 or so, YMMV.

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    I think a 50mm lens is a great partner with a 28. The 50 allows for shallow depth of field when used at larger f/stops, which can be very effective and tighter framing. If it's in your budget, I say go for it.

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    what body do you have? i use the nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AFD and it works very well on both my AF and MF cameras, the only caveat being that it has a loose focus ring and short focus throw compared to MF lenses. i think it cost me less than $300 new.

    for MF bodies, there is the nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S which was manufactured right up until about a couple years ago. you can still find it new in places. of course there are still the old f/1.4 AI-S lenses which are great as well.

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    I have the F5. The F1.4 is a bit too expensive for me until I get a job!
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    hehe i hear you. the 50mm f/1.8 AFD is dirt cheap!

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    I only paid $209 US for my 50/1.4D new (grey market) from B&H... five years ago mind, and prices have changed, but it still isn't terribly expensive.

    That having been said, the 50/1.8D (and the non-D 1.8 that was sold previously) is a good lens. If that's all your budget will permit, you won't be suffering.
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    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    Any of the Nikon 50s down to the dirt cheap Series E for $25 or so will produce fine results. The AF-D is quite a deal new. In terms of bokeh though, I think the 50/1.8 AF isn't stellar. I use the Series E on my DSLR for precisely that reason.

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    I do a lot of low light photography and find the 50mm 1.8 works great.

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    do you still have your pentax? IMNSHO those 1.4 s even the takumar threaded and the smc's are hard to beat. If I had only 1 lens it would be the 50 1.4 Pentax or the Nikon. If those were not an option my single lens would be the 35 mm 1.4 Nikon.
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