A 1.8 35mm Lens Changed My Life

posted on 4th of december, 2016

For many years I used an 18-200mm Nikon zoom lens on my Nikon DX DSLR. While the results were acceptable I received more refusals from Photo Stock Libraries than I expected due to lack of sharp focus. I just assumed this DX lens was sharp but then I read an article saying it was not.

So I purchased a Nikon DX 1.8 35mm fixed lens for just a few hundred dollars and what a difference! All my shots are super sharp and my refusals have reduced to almost zero.

It does mean I have had to change my methodology completely - I now have to position myself correctly for each shot and for all panoramic shots (vertical and horizontal) I have to take several shots and stitch them together in Photoshop. But that only takes a few minutes and I'm delighted with the results.  


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Posted by Teriztdh on December 07, 2016
Thank you very much for sharing Nigel! Appreciate it!
Posted by Heidifotomaniac on December 06, 2016
I agree with you. I use zoom lens when there is good light, and move to 50 mm in low light conditions. My next buy would be 35 mm.
Posted by Nigelspiers on December 05, 2016
Hi Babar,

Yes I agree with your comments.
When I used the 18-200 DX lens my default settings in M mode were F9 and 125th of a second. However now my default settings in M mode are F9 and a 400th of a second. This now means I can hand hold almost every shot plus I don't have to worry about e.g. photographing scenery on a windy day. May I suggest you test a fast fixed lens lens and see what the differences are.

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I got the photography bug in 2002 when I purchased my first digital camera - a Casio point & shoot. However I really became keen when in 2006 I bought my first DSLR - a second hand Nikon D70. More recently I have added images of musical instruments, recording equipment and Christmas themes isolated on white backgrounds. In the last few years I have also taken photographs of my home town Christchurch, New Zealand, the damage caused by three devastating earthquakes and the rebuild of the city.

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