FIRST, why 50 mm lens?
Because 50mm "normal" lens is the first lens most people acquired with their cameras.
This lens is called a "normal" or "standard" lens because the way it renders perspective closely matches that of the human eye. Also the lens usually have a smooth bokeh. But in other hand The 50mm lens is just that: 50mm. A prime lens does not zoom in or out, "You must get closer to or further away from your subject to change your framing with a prime lens".
SECOND, there is the big difference between AFD and AFS.
AFD will be cheaper since it has no internal focusing.
AFS mean the lens is equipped with a silent wave motor for fast autofocus operation.
Nikon lenses that are not AFS are focused by a motor in the camera body.
THIRD, this is a tough decision to make because both lens are 2 equally good options.
The lens is expensive around IDR 4.500.000 but recommended by most photographer forum.
(I found this on Amazon.com's review by Sidarta Tanu)
- AF-S AF-S AF-S (very fast focus, internal focus, and very silent)
- M/A mode (manual focus override available on autofocus mode)
- Very fast lens (f/1.4) and sharp pictures
- Being a G lens (no aperture ring available), this lens will not work on manual focus camera where you need to set the aperture from the lens)
- Price is a bit on the high range for a prime lens
- No VR. As VR will be useful for taking handheld shots on low light (especially if the object is somewhat static or if the photographer doesn't have steady hands when taking photograph)
A whole lot cheaper only IDR 1.400.000 but I have to switch to manual focus,
because it is not an AFS type.
- Very fast (f/1.8)
- Very sharp pictures (especially when stopped down to f/2.2, f/2.5 or more.)
- Fast autofocus
- Autofocus issue on some situations
- Autofocus is not the most silent but very reasonable
- Plasticy build
- Autofocus does not work with D40, D40x, D60 and D5000. The newer 50mm f/1.4G AF-S lens or 35mm f/1.8G AF-S lens will autofocus with those cameras.
Both lenses :
- Being prime lens, you need to move your feet a lot to adjust/compose
- Great for sport/action photography, indoor, low light situation and portrait
- Bokeh is almost as good as many expensive Nikon tele-lens
- Perfect for wedding photography (or low light with no-flash event). However, also check out the following lens for wedding photography (17-35mm f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, 17-55mm f/2.8, 28-70mm f/2.8 or the other two 50mm nikon prime lenses).
Now I had no idea, which one should I choose.
Number 1 is too expensive for my first lens but the result is great and can use autofocus.
Number 2 is cheap but not as good as number 1.
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