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#1 Mateuszz

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 07:56 AM

I'm looking to get a budget lens for around $200 that I can use until I can get around to getting a Rokinon 135mm f2 later in the year. I have a Ha modified Nikon d5300. I've been using zoom lenses for an old camera but they are becoming frustrating to use.

 

I was thinking of getting either of these 2:

 

Rokinon 85mm f1.4

Nikon 50mm f1.8g

 

My concern with the Rokinon 85mm is that since the focal length is close to the 135mm, I will never use it again once I can buy the 135mm. Does anyone have experience with either of these lenses that can suggest which one is the better performer?



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Posted 17 September 2021 - 08:37 AM

Personally I've used the 1.8G (slightly stopped down).  Can make lovely images.  This was an early one.  Look Ma,no mount (just a tripod),  100X5"  F2.8.

 

https://www.astrobin...393/C/?nc=&nce=


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#3 Mateuszz

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 10:20 AM

Personally I've used the 1.8G (slightly stopped down).  Can make lovely images.  This was an early one.  Look Ma,no mount (just a tripod),  100X5"  F2.8.

 

https://www.astrobin...393/C/?nc=&nce=

That look's nice. Think I'll end up getting the 50mm. Seems like there are a lot of different possibilities to frame multiple targets with it.



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Posted 17 September 2021 - 10:32 AM

I would suggest skipping any new DSLR lens. One huge advantage to the Nikons is their ability to also use the older F mount lenses. You could easily pick up a manual focus fixed focal length Nikkor lens made in the 80's for well under your budget on eBay. 

 

You probably could find a Nikkor 135mm f/2 AIS lens for a bit over your stated budget. A mint 50mm for about 100. 



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Posted 17 September 2021 - 10:48 AM

I would suggest skipping any new DSLR lens. One huge advantage to the Nikons is their ability to also use the older F mount lenses. You could easily pick up a manual focus fixed focal length Nikkor lens made in the 80's for well under your budget on eBay. 

 

You probably could find a Nikkor 135mm f/2 AIS lens for a bit over your stated budget. A mint 50mm for about 100. 

It's a good alternative, if you do some research, and choose a good vendor.  I don't trust ebay.  There are a number of established camera stores that sell use Nikon lenses for reasonable prices, and I trust their description of quality.  That's how I got my 200mm F4.  The 50mm I bought new.




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