You got your first DSLR that came with a kit lens. You noticed that kit lens is not the best for low light shooting and pictures are not that sharp. It’s hard to get that bokeh effect that you like. If you already read my post Ultimate gear for beginner photographer, it’s time for an upgrade. If you want a good lens to take your photography to a next level, you should buy a prime lens. Large aperture can give you better performance in the low light and it can sharpen the object of your picture and leave everything behind it blurry. You can create that bokeh effect that makes a picture so much better.
Prime lens selection is really big, so you can choose which one can fit your needs. You can buy wide lenses from 10 mm, 12 mm, 24 mm or 35 mm, or you can take normal lens like 40 or 50 mm. If you like taking pictures from far distance, search for a macro lenses like 85 mm, 105 mm, 200 mm or bigger. The most popular prime lens is for sure 50 mm, also known as nifty-fifty. The advantage of a prime lens is that they are versatile and easy to use. 50 mm is a well known and most common portrait lens. The reason for that is because it really reflects the actual size of an object.
Right after 50 mm, best portrait lenses are 35 mm and 85 mm. All three lenses are great for portrait photography, because they create that beautiful bokeh effect. It isolates the object from the background which makes a picture more beautiful and professional. The aperture of standard lenses usually ranges from f1.2, which is an extremely wide aperture, often to f2.8 for standard lenses and up to f4 for macro lenses.
Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8G
The Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8G is an excellent lens for beginners. If you already have a Nikon DSLR camera and you need a prime lens, it is a great choice. The reason why I bought this lens, not the 50 mm f/1.8G is in its practicality and price. Since entry level DSLRs have a crop sensor, 35mm becomes actually 50 mm compared to full frame sensor cameras. It will give you enough space to learn how to use the standard lens and it will still be useful for shooting different objects while traveling. The 50mm lens might seem very unfortunate for taking pictures of objects close to you. It looks like you are closer to them, then you actually are. Since the price is roughly equal, both lenses are a great option. It all depends on your wishes and needs.
The Nikkor 35 mm lens has proved to be great for taking pictures in low light and even in the dark. The large aperture allows excellent compensation with shutter speed and ISO. You can get a relatively sharp picture in a low light situation. It won’t be blurry because of a slow shutter speed or grainy due to the high ISO value. The objects in focus are extremely sharp and there is no hard vignetting in the corners. The lens is easy to use and gives a significantly higher quality than the ordinary kit lens. You can also get your lens here.