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alemac1
13-11-2009, 09:14
im after a prime lens that will work witht he ikon d40 body, therefore it must have the AF motor built into the lens itself as the body being so compact, doesnt have one. after playing with a fixed 50mm, i think im after either a 28 or 35mm lens.

any ideas?

KWB
13-11-2009, 11:03
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

Great lens, and cheap too.

Here's a shot taken indoors with very little light.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2492/3991294794_81bf37d032.jpg

alemac1
13-11-2009, 12:11
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

Great lens, and cheap too.

Here's a shot taken indoors with very little light.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2492/3991294794_81bf37d032.jpg

thats absolutely cracking

Riverside
13-11-2009, 14:51
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss134/jamesparry1971/CastleWaterscaptures2031.jpg

This shot was taken in Aug 08 in very bright sunshine, the lens was a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D on my D50. The apperture ring is fixed on the lens but controlled by the dial on the camera. It does auto-focus though. It was possibly difficult shooting conditions for this lens, but although sharp, I felt a little disapointed with the shot. If I opened the aperture to close the depth of field I was seriously over-exposing the shot. I am sure in lower light I could have got that lovely 'blurry' background I like. For less than a 100 its worth investing, especially if you fish with a photography minded angler (who you can trust to do your pics), and at lower light I am sure I could get the best out of the lens, as I can go right down to f/1.8 in the right conditions, but for the most part I use the 18-55mm lens that came with the camera. Check out Ken Rockwell.com and look at the D40 user guide and lots of info on lenses etc, a brilliant site with loads of information.

http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss134/jamesparry1971/2ndofabraceofmintmid-20sfromthe100a.jpg

This shot which Im pleased with (I was barking intructions at my mate) was taken with the 18-55mm lens which comes as standard with the D40 and was on f/5. Even so the 50mm f/1.8 is nice little sharp lens, and is cheap too, definately worth having in your bag.
Best wishes, and good luck. JP

alemac1
13-11-2009, 16:22
i had a play with a canon 50mm variant the other week, and felt that maybe it was just too wide an angle for me, as the lake im on at the minute would mean that the photographer would have to be some way up a narrow bank to take a good shot, the 35 would bring photographer and subject closer together, thus making use of the bankspace better a it is very limited.

i have had the kit lens on my D40 for a year to 18 months or so and just want that extra optin, and also the ability to stop down nice and low.

could you not use the shuter priority setting on the camera in that instance to speed it up, and not over expose so badly?

Riverside
13-11-2009, 19:22
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss134/jamesparry1971/Jamesfishypics067.jpg

another 50mm f/1.8 shot (no 'blur' unfortunately, never had probs with my Contax + Fuji Velvia, but things move on...)

Alemac, will try the 'S' setting and see what results I get, going to have a play (thanks) , still playing with 'M' at present, do check out KenRockwell.com though, loads of tips on a good set-up, white balance etc... keep striving for excellence.

Best wishes, JP. :thumbs:

Les_Paul
13-11-2009, 22:38
Any AF D lenses will NOT autofocus on your D40. You need AFS lenses. You can use the others but MF only.

alemac1
14-11-2009, 08:51
Cheers les pal, riverside and KWB. it defiantely seems that lower light levels seem to 'help' the lens create a shallower depth of field

walker
17-11-2009, 08:22
some great looking fish, but only the top shots of the plastic figure are at F1.8 ;)