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I currently have only the 100mm which I love, but is a bit too close for indoor/studio photography. I am debating between the 35 and 50. I am going to sell my 24-70, so price isn't the final decision maker here. Putting aside the price difference, which lens gives me better photos and better bokeh? I love me a creamy bokeh. Also, I wasn't even aware that there's a 40mm lens. How come that's rarely mentioned? How does it compare quality wise to the 50mm?

I should mention that I'd do more closeups rather than full body shots of adults. I've been told the 35 can distort a bit if you do closeups.

Thanks for your input.

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Why are you selling the 24-70? To me, that's one of the best indoor studio lenses and solves the problem of needing to purchase two separate primes for full-body and headshots/upperbody.

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Nightdiver13 wrote in post #15794094external link
Why are you selling the 24-70? To me, that's of the best indoor studio lenses and solves the problem of needing to purchase two separate primes for full-body and headshots/upperbody.

I'm guessing weight, size, and not enough background blur.

Yes, the 35 distorts, but easier to use as a one lens solution. But among your choices, the 50 would be best for indoor portraits, particularly closeups.

35 makes for a fantastic general purpose lens if you want a lot of environmental shots. I have a 50 and 100 combo and it works nicely together. I have a 24-70 for the wide shots, and a single lens solution on my various day trips.

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I would say the 50mm would be better for closeups.

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Nightdiver13 wrote in post #15794094external link
Why are you selling the 24-70? To me, that's one of the best indoor studio lenses and solves the problem of needing to purchase two separate primes for full-body and headshots/upperbody.

I just don't connect with zoom lenses. I bought both at the beginning when I was learning the basics of photography. But no matter how many times I have tried to use the 24-70, I just didn't 'connect' with it. I don't like zooming in and out and never managed to get shots that are as sharp as my 100mm. I think I want to stick to primes.

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If you don't need AF I'd get a C/Y Zeiss 50/1.4. The more I browse this thread http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=644277 the more I'm thinking of getting one as my next lens...

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which 35mm and 50mm's are you discussing...there's quite a few

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DreDaze wrote in post #15795324external link
which 35mm and 50mm's are you discussing...there's quite a few

OMG this is all I could think about while reading the whole thread. I can't see how we got this far without this info.

I wasn't even aware that there's a 40mm lens. How come that's rarely mentioned?

well, here, there is only one made by Canon, and it's really new. It's rarely mentioned because it is so new. It's chief advantage is size, for which speed (f/2.8 prime) was sacrificed. That said, I understand it to be a sweet little lens.

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These two lenses are for studio use, right? I had a zoom, sold it for primes 'cause I thought I was a prime guy, and now I realize how useful a good standard zoom is in my kit.

But, different strokes for different folks and you'll only realize what you need after you've tried all of the lenses.

What apertures are you planning to shoot at inside the studio? Creamy bokeh? Depends on WHICH 35mm & 50mm you're referring to, like what DreDaze & CyberDynesSystems mentioned. Shooting at f/8 against a white backdrop in the studio would not render much creamy bokeh.

I have a Samyang 35mm & a 40mm pancake. Both could be awesome lenses for studio work because you control all of the factors. If you're not doing full body portraits, a 40mm or 50mm focal length might do be better.

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Thanks for all your input.

Honestly, I don't know which 35 & 50 because I'm not sure what I'd need in studio. I plan on doing toddlers and newborns more than older kids, but that will most likely happen as well sometimes.

XxDJCyber - These are mainly for in studio. I love my 100mm and I plan to continue using my 100mm outdoors when I can. I have tried to like my 24-70, trying it again and again, but can't seem to 'get' it. I love having a focal length set and being the one to move around as opposed to having the zoom doing the moving for me.

I plan to use it at large apertures and having backgrounds. Definitely not white.

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SmileThere wrote in post #15798583external link
I plan to use it at large apertures and having backgrounds. Definitely not white.

Consider the Sigma 35 1.4. Best 35 out there optically, and its not white ;) (none of them are).

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newborns and toddlers I would take 50mm over 35mm which will distort more as you need to be much closer. Since you mention fast primes I am assuming natural light not using studio strobes. How big is the space? I prefer 85mm over even 50mm but 50mm f1.4 would be more versatile. I would go for AF than MF if shooting kids. Choose between canon or sigma. Had both and both are quite nice.

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Sirrith wrote in post #15798591external link
Consider the Sigma 35 1.4. Best 35 out there optically, and its not white ;) (none of them are).

I think I'm leaning towards the 50mm. And the white was a response to someone that was discussing backgrounds, not the lenses. ;)

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newborns and toddlers I would take 50mm over 35mm which will distort more as you need to be much closer. Since you mention fast primes I am assuming natural light not using studio strobes. How big is the space? I prefer 85mm over even 50mm but 50mm f1.4 would be more versatile. I would go for AF than MF if shooting kids. Choose between canon or sigma. Had both and both are quite nice.

Yes, the consensus seems to be that the 35 will give me more distortion. I think I'm going to need studio strobes sometimes, but would like to stick to natural as much as possible. The space doesn't exist yet. I am in the practicing stage and will be doing more on location, or in my own home. I am definitely going AF with kids.

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