Over Christmas break I decided to spend way too much money and picked up a Nikon D610 full frame DSLR. I absolutely love the thing and am starting to think about moving into some more prosumer type of projects like doing portraits for friends and shooting christmas cards around the holidays. Anyhow, the move from my D90 with its DX (1.7 crop) sensor up to the full FX has me looking at my lenses differently. Here's what I have:
My 24 just became an awesome wide-angle prime and I love it even more now. My 50 is a comfortable normal prime and spends the most time on the camera. What I don't know what to do with is the 35. On my D90, it was a great, fast normal prime and reminded me a lot of shooting film with the kit lens on my brother's old Nikon FG-20. Now with the D610, it feels a little uncomfortable to use as a normal lens, but not wide enough to be useful either. I'm thinking about trying to sell it (along with my stupid, slow 28-70) and putting that toward an 85mm f/1.8G AF-S. Is this a good move? Is there any reason to hold on to a 35 prime when you have a 24 and a 50?
Back in the day (I'm talking early-mid 70s), my working system was a Nikkormat FTN and a Nikon F and my primary lenses were a 24mm WA and a 105mm portrait lens. The 50mm, a 55mm macro, and a 400mm telephoto remained in my bag almost all of the time. I absolutely loved those two primaries.
And when I was shooting with the Nikon, I used my ever-faithful Gossen Luna Pro meter. How's that for a totally irrelevant flashback?
I was lucky to have an amazing photography photography instructor when I was at MassArt in the late 60s - early 70s. Gus Kayafas is a master of light. In his earlier years he was Minor White's lab technician, so you can imagine the experience and photographic knowledge he was able to pass on to his students.
Thanks for the advice. I'm not thinking about doing weddings or anything like that. If I do anything outside of portraits, it would probably be music or maybe events, which are the kinds of things my friends are into. That's mostly what is motivating me aside from just having a personal creative outlet.
I think I'll definitely ditch the 35mm f/2 and get the 85mm f/1.8G AF-S. I might see about trading up my 50mm f/1.8D to a 50mm f/1.4G AF-S. Then I'll start looking into zoom lenses. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to look into a speed light at some point too. I still don't have one of those.
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