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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Nikon's 5 must have lenses

From hundreds of lenses, only a couple will shine. That's what this post is about. Here, I'll rate the lenses in a few aspects - pricing, image quality, chromatic abberation and lastly bokeh.

1) Nikkor 18-200mm VR(Versatility)
Yes, the superzoom is in my list. From wide angle to telephoto with just a twist, it just changes everything. The versatility that this lens offers will just astound you. If I were to photograph events, I'd take this and the Nikkor 50mm f1.8D. It'll cover everything you need to shoot.

2) Nikkor 35mm f1.8G(Low Light)
This 35mm is one of the most compact primes other than the 50mm of course. On a DX sensor, it becomes a 50mm due to the crop factor. Note that this is a portraiture lens. Also note that shooting at this focal length causes a bit of distortion whereas the 50mm doesn't have as much.

3) Nikkor 50mm f1.8D(Low light)
Next up is the 50mm f1.8D. Every photographer should have a 50mm prime. Its closest to one's vision. However, because I'm using a DX camera(cropped sensor), this changes to a 75mm(50mm x 1.5x). That being said, I'll still get this. It's Nikon's cheapest lens up to date. And it performs so darn well. This is also a must if you're shooting in low light. If you're planning to do some street shooting, check this on your list. 

4) Nikkor 85mm f1.8D/Samyang 85mm f1.4(Low light)
Erm yes, I'm not too sure which to get. But its an 85mm lens definitely. Both of these lenses produce amazing bokeh, but the Samyang has the advantage 'cause its f1.4. You get around a stop faster with the Samyang too. But there has to be a drawback from all this goodness. It doesn't autofocus with any camera. Its meant to be a manual lens. But at this aperture and focal length, photographers tend to use manual focus instead of auto focus since there are problems at this shallow aperture. Both of these lenses almost have the same price tag.

5) Nikkor 105mm f2.8D(Low light)
This lens is obselete, but if you can find this in Mint Condition its a no-brainer. This lens is one of Nikon's best lenses. Made like a tank(almost). And its sharp. Bokeh is quite decent but don't expect it to be the best lens from Nikon. I'd rather get this than the current Micro 105mm f2.8 because the image doesn't 'breathe'(size of the image changes) and its way cheaper. I'd buy this because of its 1:1 macro capability.

Beginners' tip: Most of the primes are usually around f1.4 - f2.8 meaning they're perfect for low light.

Now save up :)
There I gave you the 5 must have lenses that I'll get. If I'm going anywhere, I'll bring the 18-200mm VR and the 50mm and leave the others at home(unless if you've got something specific like a photo shoot). It's enough for my needs.

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