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Which Nikon lens to use to achieve this type of photo?


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Shelbytam

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Hi everyone I’m new to all this photography stuff. I currently have the 18-55mm lens but the aperture only goes to 3.5. I want a a lens that can achieve photos like the one I attached where the back and fore ground can be blurred. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Adam

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The 35mm F1.8 or 50mm F1.8 would be great go-to options:

 

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens 2199 B&H Photo Video

 

I'd probably go with the 50mm, since the longer focal length lets you get shallower bokeh.



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I don't see any photos attached, but I might go even longer than Adam suggested if you want very narrow depth of field (a small slice of the image that is in focus)--perhaps consider an 85mm f/1.8. Adam's suggestions are a bit more affordable than the 85mm, but the 85mm f/1.8 isn't terribly expensive. But definitely the 50 over the 35 if you need to stay low budget.



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I don't see an attached image either so it is hard to determine the range you are hoping for.  Good recommendations above.  



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I don't see a sample photo eiter.

If you can get the 18-55 to go to f/3.5, you are at the wide end and the 35, 50 and 85 all give a narrower FOV (the 18-55 has variable speed and gets slower as you zoom in). One solution is the Sigma 18-35/1.8 or maybe a 20/1.8. They aren't cheap, though and the DOF isn't *that* short either. If you need a wide FOV with a short DOF, you van stitch a matrix of 85/1.8 shots together as long as the subject matter doesn't move.