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I have a Nikon D700

  • Nikon 28-300mm lens
  • Nikon 16-35 mm
  • Samyang 14 mm lens

I have an opportunity to purchase a Nikon 50mm f1.8 AFD lens. How useful would this lens be in combination with the above lenses?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Itai, AJ Henderson, mattdm, Esa Paulasto, rfusca Apr 13 '14 at 18:07

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

If the lens wasn't useful to someone they wouldn't make it. Without more details about things like what you shoot and what you hope to shoot with the lens, we really can't tell you anything. – AJ Henderson Apr 13 '14 at 3:55


  1. Because you are on a Full Frame (FX) camera, it is a 'normal' lens and it will help you a lot to understand better the art of photography. See here for the details.

  2. D700 is a good camera, however its ISO performance is somewhat... um... outdated. It has let's say 'problems' in indoors and other low-light conditions. An F/1.8 is a must in such conditions.

  3. As an aside to point 2 above, because your camera will hit the ISO wall you need also stability at slow shutter speeds which you will encounter in low-light conditions. Because 50mm f/1.8 is a small(er) lens will help you on this.

  4. Another thing tied to the 1.8 aperture is that this is a very powerful artistic tool (read about subject separation, bokeh etc.) for your photos (especially portraits).

  5. You must zoom with your feet. It is very hard to explain why, but this thing will help you a lot to think deeper about your composition and greatly enhance your photography skills.

  6. Cheap. (One of) the best deals in photography.

My advice: If you are a real pro, do NOT buy this. Buy THIS - it seems that it has by far the best/price performance ratio in the industry. But if you don't have the money, buy your Nikon. It is worth it.

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Everyone needs a cheap 50mm. With f1.8 vs say your 28-300's f3.5(at it's widest aperture), you have more than a stop of light-gathering ability.

50mm gives you super powers.

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I am an enthusiastic photography travel all over the world for street photography , landscapes and architecture, macro photography though I do not have a dedicated macro lens see above. My thoughts that the 50 mm lens would be an option for some macro. – Sue Apr 14 '14 at 8:25

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