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What's a nifty-fifty?

What's a nifty-fifty? It's a budget level 50mm prime lens. Pretty much all of the various camera makers offer one. There are several reasons that make them so nifty. Price - They're some of the most ...
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Is having only a 35mm lens on APS-C sufficient for travel shooting in NYC/Washington DC?

If you're going to be moving around Manhattan all day, you'll probably want to bring some sort of bag with you to carry things like a light jacket (it can get chilly in the shade, or on the water, and ...
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What can an 11mm lens do what a 50mm can't?

What would I have to do to take such photos from a 50mm lens of a Dx camera? You can't take those pictures with a 50mm lens and a DX (1.5X APS-C) camera. To fit all of what an 11mm lens will give ...
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Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM vs Canon 50mm f/1.8 II?

The STM version replaces the II version. Optically, they are identical. However, the STM has several advantages: 7 rounded aperture blades vs. 5 non-rounded (no more pentagonal bokeh) Metal lens ...
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Is having only a 35mm lens on APS-C sufficient for travel shooting in NYC/Washington DC?

(Personal opinion) It depends on you. The big advantage of the zoom lens is... you can zoom. With it you can make shots from all places without having to move so much. Lady Liberty - zoom - click - ...
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Why there is no image-stabilized Canon 50mm lens?

There is a technical reason for not incorporating image stabilisation in a typical high speed Gauss type lens. Optical IS requires a moving lens component that displaces the image laterally without ...
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How to achieve a normal 50mm look with a Nikon APS-C camera?

Do I buy a DX 50 mm or get the FX 35mm? That's up to your preference. Will they have the same effect? No. A 35mm FX lens or a 35mm DX lens will have the same effect with your camera. A 50mm FX lens ...
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Is 35mm or 50mm better on a cropped DSLR for street photography?

You said you own an 18-55mm zoom lens. You can just set that one to 35mm and 50mm (there is a scale on the barrel that tells you what focal length your current zoom position corresponds to). That way, ...
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(film) What can cause blue vignetting on sub-exposed or dark shots?

Based on the following evidence: Both pictures are underexposed or simply have dark zones on it's borders (black zones are more sensitive to parasitic light inside the camera) Looking at the ...
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Is a 50mm lens suitable for product photography?

If you have a specific style you’re going for, link an image in your question and we could advise on lens selection. That being said, product photography more heavily relies on lighting and set up ...
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Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM vs Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens?

Sure, take a picture of the same subject with the same lens settings and the same lighting conditions, using film Canon/Nikon SLRs loaded with the same film stock. Develop the film and compare the ...
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Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM vs Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens?

Sure, there are multiple sites that let you head-to-head shots of test charts against each other or test results. the-digital-picture.com's shot comparison dxomark.com's test results comparison But ...
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Canon 50mm f1.4 no longer focuses reliably

This is a known issue with the EF 50mm f/1.4. The most common cause of the problem is that the guide slots at the end of the focus collar inside the lens have become bent. The most likely cause for ...
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Is there any critical feature present in Nikon 85mm f/1.8G over 50mm 1.8G?

The 85mm requires bigger glass elements to be able to offer the same aperture f/1.8 as a lens with a shorter focal length. This alone makes it cost more. In addition, it becomes heavier so it also ...
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Is there any critical feature present in Nikon 85mm f/1.8G over 50mm 1.8G?

You seem to be under the misapprehension that all lenses should cost what a 50mm f/1.8 costs. The 50mm lens is actually the outlier. The focal length lends itself to simpler designs. An 85mm lens, ...
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Why do zooms have small apertures even around 50mm?

A prime lens has a much simpler design, so for the same price, and weight, you can get larger lens elements and therefore a higher aperture. However, there are some other factors to what you're ...
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Can I fix a M42 50mm lens myself?

Provided you have more than average skills with fine mechanics, it can be done. The lens focusing mechanism has a couple of guide rails, which are probably loose and must be reattached in order to ...
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Why does my lens refocus when the f-stop is changed?

does the focus change from one f-stop to the next Depth of field changes when you change the aperture, so the camera is probably adjusting to ensure that the object at the selected AF point remains ...
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Is it stupid to purchase AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D over AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G to save a few bucks?

I think you forgot one really basic thing. Image quality. You may want a side-by-side comparison of the much older D design to the digital-era G design on a full-frame camera, such as this one on the-...
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Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM vs Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens?

They're fine. This is an easy lens design, but they're also made to be low cost, without a lot of glass or super-exotic elements. For the purposes of actual photography (as opposed to benchmark scores)...
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Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM vs Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens?

I'm curious why you want to compare these lenses? Surely you're not trying to decide whether to buy a Canon or Nikon camera based on the quality of their consumer-grade nifty fifty? There are so ...
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Is there a low light picture quality difference between 50mm 1.8 G and 85mm 1.8 G Nikon?

Hard to tell, but most likely it's nothing to do with the lenses and everything with the camera settings. DSLRs, especially when on automatic modes, tend to try to do a lot of colour compensation for ...
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Is there a low light picture quality difference between 50mm 1.8 G and 85mm 1.8 G Nikon?

If you are shooting under fluorescent lighting, you can use the same camera, the same lens, the same exact settings, etc. and still get varying results. That is because fluorescent lighting flickers. ...
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What's a nifty-fifty?

There are several things : They are typically (but not always) small lenses. Compact, easy to carry. They are typically a good focal length either on full frame or crop frame cameras. On crop frame ...
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Nikon 35mm 1.8g or 50mm 1.8g on D3200?

For portraiture on crop sensor cameras, the 50mm lens is a better choice. The ideal portrait lens in general is about two times the diagonal of the image capture - about 100mm on 35mm and full-frame ...
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Need shutterstock photo rejection solution!

I'm sure some of the time, such as Shutterstock use AI to do the first pass, so if something doesn't fit the 'rules' it's kicked straight out. It's as though they want a big neon sign saying "...
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Is 35mm or 50mm better on a cropped DSLR for street photography?

How much do i have to step back in order to compose my picture? That depends on how close you were to the subject in the first place. Which lens is better and why? It's really not a matter of ...
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Is it stupid to purchase AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D over AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G to save a few bucks?

"...all Pro FX bodies have AF motor built inside the body. Hence, SWM in 'AF-S' lens is redundant." Not necessarily. The performance of camera based focus motors and lens based focus motors is far ...
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Doubt: Can I use Nikkor 50mm f1.8G with Nikon D5500?

You can use any FX format Nikon lens on a DX format Nikon camera. On your D5500 the smaller sensor means it will only capture roughly the middle half of the light circle projected by the lens. This is ...
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