Is the Nikon 28mm f/1.4 worth it on a DSLR?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Totally Tubular, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. I have a chance to buy this lens for a decent price. My concern since
    Nikon discontinued production is if it is worth the extra cash or is it
    overkill on a DSLR?
    Totally Tubular, Jul 20, 2006
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    How much extra cash?

    It sounds to me like a good substitute for a "normal" lens given
    the 1.5 crop factor -- it is equivalent to 42mm, and a "50mm equivalent"
    would be 33.33mm focal length.

    And it is nice and fast, which would make it a natural *if* you
    need a lot of low-light shots with a near-normal focal length.

    I don't know what the image quality is, compared to a 50mm f1.4
    on a film body.

    I tend to like longer lenses for most of my shooting. The real
    50mm f1.4 makes a nice lens for *my* point of view. The 75mm effective
    focal length works better for me than an effective 50mm focal length.

    I'm currently walking around with a somewhat heavier Nikkor
    35-135mm zoom with macro built in, chosen over the lighter 28-105mm (a
    *very* nice lens), and the "kit" 18-70mm. And the 35-135 is an older
    lens bought used -- but new enough to have the autofocus and chip, if
    not the 'D' feature. If I were to get the 18-200mm I would probably
    love it for many things -- though I might prefer the 70-200 for quality.

    BTW If you live up to your username above "notransistors", how do
    you accept the solid-state electronics in a DSLR? :) (I'm
    guessing that you're talking about for audio purposes only.)

    DoN. Nichols, Jul 20, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    By definition a decent price would meant that it is worth it. :)

    This has to be one of the most over-priced lenses in Nikon's lineup.
    cjcampbell, Jul 20, 2006
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    It's supposed to be a really excellent lens. I don't think it's worth what
    you'd normally have to pay to get one, but if you can get a decent price,
    go for it; you'll have a great lens, and if you don't think it's great, you
    can make a substantial profit selling it on eBay.
    Jeremy Nixon, Jul 20, 2006
  5. Thanks for the great advice. I decided to take the plunge and picked it
    up this evening. After seeing what these go for on ebay I will do
    exactly what you say if I don't like it.
    Totally Tubular, Jul 21, 2006
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    Sheldon Guest

    Let us know what you do with it. It just seems like an oddball focal length
    when you figure the 1.5x factor. I always dumped the "normal" lens on my
    past cameras and got something a little longer for portraits. I also found
    the equivalent of an 85mm to be more versatile than a 50mm (normal) lens. I
    guess I never take "normal" pictures. :)
    Sheldon, Jul 22, 2006
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    george Guest

    As long as it is about $250 new...after all, it is essentially a 50mm f/1.4
    equivalent on the Nikon DSLRs and remember Nikon said there was a cost
    advantage to APS sensors AND the lenses for them. (Yeah, I know this covers
    24mm x 36mm, but Nikon hasn't bothered to come out with a DX version.)
    george, Jul 23, 2006
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