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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:54 pm 
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Hi everyone,

I've been shooting with my Nikon D5100 for a while now. I've mainly been using the 35mm 1.8 prime. It is a fantastic lens and I recommend it to anyone that does lots of general and low light shooting. I've been shopping around for lenses because I really just want a new one. I feel like it would do some kick starting to my inspiration to shoot as well. (That new car smell kind of feeling). I was thinking about a macro lens or an upgrade of the standard kit lens.

Here is why: Sometimes I just wish I could get a little closer to tiny objects and textures with the 35mm prime. Also, when I do indoor shooting where people are involved, the 35mm prime doesn't always work the best and I go with the 18mm to 55mm kit lens. The 18 to 55 is a good lens but doesn't have that crispness of the 35mm prime.

I've been shopping around and am just not sure what would be a good addition to my camera bag. I would love to do some real macro work, but at the same time the flexibility of a zoom lens comes in handy. Any ideas? Personal experiences?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:26 pm 
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Why do you use the 18-55 lens? Because you need more in the picture, or because you can zoom?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:08 pm 
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WoutK89 wrote:
Why do you use the 18-55 lens? Because you need more in the picture, or because you can zoom?


The 35mm prime on a dx format camera makes it hard to shoot in tight spaces sometimes. I don't get the opportunity to back up if my subject isn't fitting in the frame. The 18-55 helps with that and the zoom is an added bonus. The zoom helps with framing too.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:14 pm 
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there is a similar question running already which started a few days ago then:

Best lens for indoor on Nikon D3200

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