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post #1 of 15 Old 04-12-2013, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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New toy -- Not a tool!

I got a new camera lens!

I finally pulled the trigger on a fast prime that I had been looking at. I have a Nikon D5100 and I just picked up a AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G .
Here are some photos that I took yesterday at home and on my daily dog walk/fetch session.










These are all unedited photos, except for being resized for the internet. I am really excited about this lens--soooooooo much light comes in! You guys can look forward to some well documented woodworking, when I am not being lazy and just using my phone.
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Yes a 1.8 lets in alot of light and 35mm is considered a wide angle. So you can stop it down, get great depth of field and qiock shutter time.
I shoot almost every thing in RAW. I the tweak it in Photo Shop Elements. Being a B&W lover I use Nix B&W sofe ware that acts as a PS plug in. I cna then dodge and burn plus use different film types sepia etc. Almost like being in the dark room again.
Have fun you have a great setup.
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Congrats. Nice pics and that's exactly what I pictured you to look like. Lol

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Yes a 1.8 lets in alot of light and 35mm is considered a wide angle. So you can stop it down, get great depth of field and qiock shutter time.
I shoot almost every thing in RAW. I the tweak it in Photo Shop Elements. Being a B&W lover I use Nix B&W sofe ware that acts as a PS plug in. I cna then dodge and burn plus use different film types sepia etc. Almost like being in the dark room again.
Have fun you have a great setup.
Actually, the D5100 has a DX size sensor, so the smaller sensor with the 35mm lens has field of view that equates to roughly what a 50mm looks like on film and full frame digital sensors. 50mm primes on DX cameras then become like mild telephoto lenses.

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Nice looking pooch but who's the scary dude in the second pic?

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Sounds like you grabbed up a nikkor NI3518DXAF prime I bought one recently as well. I love it. Shooting in aperture mode I had to learn to very careful setting the fstop because it lets in so much light. I kept guessing wrong. Happy shooting.
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Great lens. I understand your excitement. I had a 1.4 lens on my old 35mm and really enjoyed it. I have often thought of going to an Single Lens Reflex (SLR) digital, but just cannot justify it for the amount of shooting I do now.

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Sounds like you grabbed up a nikkor NI3518DXAF prime I bought one recently as well. I love it. Shooting in aperture mode I had to learn to very careful setting the fstop because it lets in so much light. I kept guessing wrong. Happy shooting.
Yup, that's the one. I have been playing mostly in aperture priority mode so far getting a feel for it. Anything outdoors during the day is easily shot at ISO100 and a very high shutter speed (1/2500+)

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Congrats. Nice pics and that's exactly what I pictured you to look like. Lol
How often do you try to imagine what I look like?
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Have fun you have a great setup.
I shoot everything in RAW+JPEG so that I can easily flip through the JPEGs and edit from RAW when needed. I noticed immediately that even my test photos looked much more "finished" and polished than my photos with the 18-55 kit lens. I don't plan to dump a ton of money into my camera equipment, but I do use it to document projects and artwork, as well as for family stuff and vacations. Every dollar I spend on toys like this is money not spent on tools!
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Actually, the D5100 has a DX size sensor, so the smaller sensor with the 35mm lens has field of view that equates to roughly what a 50mm looks like on film and full frame digital sensors. 50mm primes on DX cameras then become like mild telephoto lenses.
Really? That's good to know.

My wife gave me a D5100 with the kit zoom lens for Christmas. (She meant to get a D5200 like hers but screwed up. Maybe that's why the price seemed so good to her.) I was thinking about getting a 50mm prime lens. Maybe I should rethink that.
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That lens should work great when shot using a shallow depth of field to help isolate your subject, whether it be your dog or your project.
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Really? That's good to know.

My wife gave me a D5100 with the kit zoom lens for Christmas. (She meant to get a D5200 like hers but screwed up. Maybe that's why the price seemed so good to her.) I was thinking about getting a 50mm prime lens. Maybe I should rethink that.
Another good option is the Nikon DX 40mm macro lens ( Nikon 40mm f/2.8 G ). I haven't used it, but it is well reviewed and can have some moderate benefits over the 35mm. It can be used for regular shooting as well as macro stuff. Actually, many who reviewed the lens weren't at all impressed with it as a macro lens! http://kenrockwell.com/nikon/40mm-f28.htm

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Great lens. I understand your excitement. I had a 1.4 lens on my old 35mm and really enjoyed it. I have often thought of going to an Single Lens Reflex (SLR) digital, but just cannot justify it for the amount of shooting I do now.

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Same here. I've got a couple of great 35mm cameras. One is a Minolta XD-11, with all kinds of extra lenses. But, now with digital, film doesn't make sense. My digital camera is my wife's first hand-me-down, a Fuji. By the time I need to use it, either the card isn't in it, or the batteries are dead. For quick impromptu shots, my camera phone is pretty handy.






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I ordered the same 35mm lens yesterday. Fabulous reviews and a great price. It is the first prime lens I have purchased since the 1970s. :)

I've been reading so much about digital SLR photography the last couple of weeks. I'm worried that my two nascent hobbies - photography and woodworking - are going to deprive each other of oxygen and neither will blossom. As problems go, it's a good one.

Thanks for starting this thread.
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I ordered the same 35mm lens yesterday. Fabulous reviews and a great price. It is the first prime lens I have purchased since the 1970s. :)

I've been reading so much about digital SLR photography the last couple of weeks. I'm worried that my two nascent hobbies - photography and woodworking - are going to deprive each other of oxygen and neither will blossom. As problems go, it's a good one.

Thanks for starting this thread.
You could possibly go broke quickly.

After retiring from sports shooting, I sold off everything except...
Canon 1D MKIII body
Canon 24-70 f/2.8
Canon 70-200 f/2.8
Canon 580exII Speedlight.

I guess they will go to my grave with me. I just can't bear to part with them. All bought new a few years ago from B&H Photo...nearly 8 grand total.

At one time, these were the tools of my trade. :-)
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