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07/25/2011 06:22:22 AM · #1
Hi,

Wondering if someone could help me out. After reading various reviews of the Nikon 50mm lens and that it was a 'must have' lens for your bag i figured I'd check them out on eBay and see what sort of prices i could pick on up for.

Problem now is that I'm more confused than i was before and how many different versions of this lens there are. Some will auto focus, some wont. Some will meter correctly, some wont etc...

Some of the lenses i have been watching over the past couple of weeks -

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Ideally i would like it to meter and auto focus on my D40x but if i have to manually focus that would not be a problem.

Many thanks.

07/25/2011 10:42:30 AM · #2
I belive this is the one you want.

ETA: Or this.

Message edited by author 2011-07-25 10:43:49.
07/25/2011 11:42:27 AM · #3
I know that D40's have limited compatibly with some of the lens for Nikon...be sure yours will "get along" with each other
07/25/2011 01:39:36 PM · #4
Get the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G, much more usefull range and will auto focus on the D40.
Look here :)

But if you must have the 50mm this this one will auto focus on the D40.

Message edited by author 2011-07-25 13:46:12.
07/25/2011 02:03:43 PM · #5
With the entry level Nikon DSLRs (D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D5000, D5100), you would want to look more towards Nikon's AF-S lenses if you want auto focus.

AF-S 50mm f/1.4G is nice, cost about $440 (US at B&H).
AF-S 50mm f/1.8G goes for about $220 (US at B&H).

Then again, as ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' marbo suggests, the 35mm is great for the D40x; goes for about $200 (US).

Keep in mind that a 50mm lens on a crop sensor is equal to a 75mm full frame lens; nice for portraits on your camera. While the 35mm is close to "normal" lens on your camera...

Hope this helps and doesn't confuse you further.
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