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    I have a question about two lenses for my Nikon D7100. the 85mmG f 1.8 and the 50mm f 1.4, both are nearly the same in price, but not sure which way to go. I wanted to use either for a job doing a family portrait. The 50 would be like a 72 mm and the 85 like a 127 on the 7100. I would like to get what I pay for though, rather than spend over a thousand. thanks. I also have the 16-85 Nikkor zoom. I would think a prime lens may be sharper ???


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    Re: lens pick

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    I have a question about two lenses for my Nikon D7100. the 85mmG f 1.8 and the 50mm f 1.4, both are nearly the same in price, but not sure which way to go. I wanted to use either for a job doing a family portrait. The 50 would be like a 72 mm and the 85 like a 127 on the 7100. I would like to get what I pay for though, rather than spend over a thousand. thanks. I also have the 16-85 Nikkor zoom. I would think a prime lens may be sharper ???
    Typically, a prime lens is sharper... BUT...

    Try some samples with your zoom... then ask 2 questions..
    1. How is the sharpness??? Is it ok for your project, you just maybe saved money...
    2. If you want a prime, again using your zoom.. what Focal length do your use more??? 50ish or 80 - 85??? Test the focal lengths for the project (as in #1) What works best there, 50 or 85??

    Just some thoughts....

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    Re: lens pick

    50mm may be better for group portraits, 85mm is also a great portrait lens. I have 50mm and 85mm and they are both great primes.
    Have you considered the 50mm 1.8? After trying both the 50mm 1.4 and 1.8, I purchased the 1.8. I found image quality of the 50mm 1.4 at f1.4 is not very good, it improves greatly when stopped down a little and at 1.8 the IQ is about the same on both lenses.
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    Re: lens pick

    Personally,, I would buy an el cheapo 50 mm 1.8 D, and the 85 1.8 D for the 7100,, you don't need G lens..

    50 mm 1.8 D 120 dollars.
    85 mm 1.8 G 480 dollars or 85 mm 1.8 D same prie

    Not enough difference between the 1.4 and 1.8 in the 50mm to make it worth the price. and the
    50 mm 1.8 D is very sharp.

    Maybe the 85 1.8 G is sharper,, but I just prefer the build qualit of the D lens, and soon, the D lens will be sold out, and not available I suspect.
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    Re: lens pick

    Why not rent them for a week or so and then decide for yourself.
    Not sure where you're located but I'm on the US East Coast and I use https://www.lensrentals.com
    I've read about Rent professional cameras or camera lenses for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Leica and Pentax which is similar.
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    I'm with stmv if you think you need another lens, but the lens you have would do a very good job...F5.6 at 35mm and place your subject as far as possible away from the back ground..
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    Re: lens pick

    Personally, I would go hor the 50mm. Good in low light, good to reduce DOF, good for other things ( I shoot mostly primes, cuz they are sharper and lighter). The 85 is getting pretty hard core telephoto... Not as useful for non-portraits. Using you zoom to emulate... Great idea. JD

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    Re: lens pick

    Thanks for the responses, I'm thinking I might go with the 50mm, using it on a D7100 would be like a 72mm, plus it supposedly is a sharp lens. I'll let you know how I like it, when I get it, thanks again.

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    Re: lens pick

    Every modern lens is 'sharp'. At least, acceptably sharp. I'm tired of seeing photos of people that are so over sharp my eyes feel like they're bleeding.
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    Can we just refer every new topic pertaining to the 35mm 1.8G to a sticky, please?

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    Interesting perspective Eurotrash. You mean photos are over "sharpened"? Cuz if you shoot raw without sharpening most lenses don't look all that sharp. JD





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