• Amy Kropp says:

    Great photos, Dan! Which lens would you recommend to get similar results on DX-format cameras? The 85mm is still an amazing lens when you put it on a DX camera, but I find that the crop factor makes the lens a little to confining for certain situations (it’s not so good indoors in tight spaces for example). Would a 50mm be a better choice? Or would you still use an 85mm on a DX in the situations you wrote about in your post?

    I usually shoot with zooms, but I’d love to pick a fixed lens that would work in lots of situations. I can never figure out which one would be best, though!

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Amy, I use the 85mm on my D300 quite a bit. Yes, it crops a bit more tightly, but it’s still a great combination. If you find yourself shooting more in confined spaces, then you might consider the Nikon 50mm f1.8D lens. Effectively on a DX body, it functions as a 75mm f/1.8, which is pretty close. It’s great for shooting inside. And it’s only $139. At that price, you can’t go wrong.

    I’ve got both, but when shooting with the DX sensor D300 body, especially outside, my lens of choice is more often the 85mm over the 50mm, unless I know I’ll be shooting in tight spaces. You could take your camera down to Stuarts Photo downtown and try them both out. They should at least have the 50mm in stock.

  • Mike Criss says:

    Nice examples Dan. Makes me want to break out my 50 1.4 . Got to love a fast lens!

  • roteague says:

    Thanks Dan, I’ve been giving some serious consideration to buying this particular lens to do some personal photography later on in the year (wedding …). It looks like it should be compatible with my F6 (almost all of Nikon’s lenses are, but….).

  • Dan Bailey says:

    As far as I know, the 85mm f/1.8 should be compatible with the F6. In fact, I’d be REALLY surprised if it wasn’t.

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