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hashaama
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Low Light Lens for DX


Hi over last few weeks I have sold most of my camera kit, didn't realise I had so much cash tied up; D700, 24-70, 25-84, 35 1.4 AIS, 105 AIS, 28 1.8, 85 1.8, SB 900, X100 and few other bits and bobs. I needed to free up some cash so it worked out well.

I bought an old D80 with just 4000 clicks on it (how is that possible!! 5/6 years old camera hardly used) for what looked like a great deal (275 with 18-105). Now I have just 2 lenses 18-105 and 70-300 vr. I am happy the image quality I am getting the challange though is when trying to shoot in low light. Situations like taking indoor pictures of my son, walking around in the evenings/ at night, in museums etc.

I am considering adding a fast prime to my new(old) setup and the lenses I am considering are 35mm 1.8 DX, 50mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.4. I am leaning towards 50mm 1.4 but not sure if that will be too long for my use. ideally I would have liked 24 1.4, as I like 35mm effective focal lenght, but that one is out of my budget.

Will appriciate your thoughts on this.

Thanks
Hash




Dec 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Low Light Lens for DX


35 1.8 is a sweet lens...also, the sigma 20mm 1.8 is pretty sweet as well (if you get a good copy)....i've always wanted one, but they wont work on the d7000...i guess i could use it on my d300...


Dec 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Low Light Lens for DX


I like my 35mm f/1.8 and my 50mm f/1.4.

However, the 35mm is the lens that gets brought out for general purpose "walk-around" shots. The 50mm is, in my opinion, too long in many indoor situations. I regularly find myself backing up with the 50mm.



Dec 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Low Light Lens for DX


One of my favorite lenses on DX when I first started shooting Nikon (~5yrs ago) was the Sigma 30 f1.4
If you can "try before you buy" since AF fine tune is not an option on your D80...there are amazing copies
out there. If budget allows, a used Nikon 28 f1.8G is another stellar option. GL



Dec 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Low Light Lens for DX


+1 to the 28 1.8G, well worth it's price.


Dec 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Low Light Lens for DX


Thank you for your input so far, I sold 28 1.8 2 weeks ago, I used it on D700 but didn't try on d80. One consideration there is that 28 1.8 is close enough price-wise to make Fuji X100 a possibility, loved that camera for the simplicity of operation, and it does decent enough job in low light.

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Hash



Dec 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Low Light Lens for DX


I use the Sigma 30mm f1.4 to do what you are wanting to do. It's a great focal length on DX.


Kent in SD



Dec 12, 2012 at 01:32 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Low Light Lens for DX


the 35mm 1.8G replaced the 18-55 lens. that's how good it is. As for low light conditions, how well does the D80 perform? I'm contemplating on getting a D80 body as a Christmas gift for a relative.


Dec 12, 2012 at 01:46 PM
 

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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Low Light Lens for DX


2of9 wrote:
As for low light conditions, how well does the D80 perform? I'm contemplating on getting a D80 body as a Christmas gift for a relative.


It is quite an old camera so low light performance is not great, having said that I can get decent enough pictures upto ISO 1600. The picture below was shot at 1600, f5.0, 1/10. It is unedited. I think noise is not too bad.








Dec 12, 2012 at 02:15 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Low Light Lens for DX


For your purposes I wouldn't go with a 50. 35 on DX is about as long as you want to go for doing a lot of indoor stuff of your kids IMO.

brad



Dec 12, 2012 at 04:22 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Low Light Lens for DX


28 1.8G is really a sweet lens. Just about a perfect FL and price for DX.


Dec 12, 2012 at 04:52 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Low Light Lens for DX


hashaama wrote:
Hi over last few weeks I have sold most of my camera kit, didn't realise I had so much cash tied up; D700, 24-70, 25-84, 35 1.4 AIS, 105 AIS, 28 1.8, 85 1.8, SB 900, X100 and few other bits and bobs. I needed to free up some cash so it worked out well.

I bought an old D80 with just 4000 clicks on it (how is that possible!! 5/6 years old camera hardly used) for what looked like a great deal (275 with 18-105). Now I have just 2 lenses 18-105 and 70-300 vr. I am happy the
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For DX the 35/1.8G is a must have at under $200.



Dec 12, 2012 at 06:06 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Low Light Lens for DX


the 35 1.8 is tits on DX and works decent on full frame if you stay in close with it.


Dec 12, 2012 at 08:34 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Low Light Lens for DX


I would go with the 35mm f1.8. I think the 50mm in a DX body is to long for general shooting inside a house or building. Outdoors you may be able to put more distance between you and your subject. Not always possible indoors.


Dec 12, 2012 at 09:55 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Low Light Lens for DX


another vote for the 35 f/1.8 -- an excellent lens! I sold mine, as I recently got rid of all of my DX glass.


Dec 13, 2012 at 05:29 PM





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