I'm in a bit of a pickle here...
I own a Nikon D7100 with a 18-200mm lens. But the image stabilization started to act up a week ago and long story short: my lens has to be sent to Nikon to have it fixed and it's going to take at least 4 weeks until i have it back leaving me with no lens at the moment. :(
So my solution to the problem...buying a fairly cheap (and my first) prime lens! And the contenders are the 35mm or the 50mm. Already read a bunch of articles, posts, watched a lot of video's but i just can't decide which one to buy...
I bought my camera a month ago and i am trying to turn my photography into a side job at least. I must say i'm not exactly a real beginner since i've been a professional cameraman for quite some time and worked with slr's during my studies, but far from a pro either...still have a lot to learn. (and working very hard doing so) My goal is to become a good wedding photographer on the long run.
Right now i'm loving taking pictures of landscapes for which i believe the 35mm would be better and portraits...for which the 50mm would be awesome. If i go through my shots in lightroom, i noticed i tend to take more shots at 35mm than 50mm, but then again, my best portrait ones are at 50mm. Since it's the only lens i will be able to use for some time, i believe the 35mm would be the choice, since it's more versatile (tight spaces and such). But that's where my mind starts to make a u-turn. First off, since i'm going to try to make money with my photography, chances are pretty big i'll buy a FX body in the future and the 50mm will translate better to it than a 35mm (it will be a true 50mm). And once i have my other lens back, i'll probably use that one for landscapes (wider angle) and as a walk-around lens instead of the 35mm. So i don't want to waste money on a lens that i won't be using a lot in the future. (except on low light indoor conditions) Of course, it is my first prime lens and i might be baffled by the sharpness compared to the zoom lens i have/had. Still, right now i'm leaning more towards the 35mm than the 50mm, but i was wondering what you guys think of all of this. Am i missing something?
The other thing is, i think owning a 50mm will be quite fun to learn to use and will improve my portrait skills in the long run, more than the 35mm will. And the long run is quite important for me since i want to do what i love (and i just love taking pictures!!!) instead of working a boring dead-end job. Anyways, that's it for now, thanks for reading my wall of text and i'm quite curious what answers i'll get.
Have a good one,