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help! 35mm f2 vs 50mm f1.4 vs nifty-fifty

 
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Oct 18, 2010 03:05 |  #1

I'm a photography newbie using a Rebel XS. I'm trying to decide which lens between the canon 35mm f2, canon 50mm f1.4, and canon 50mm f1.8 is the best lens to buy that will provide me with pictures where-in the subjects "pop out" and is a good walk around lens and is good at taking every day pictures. If there are other lenses which might be better, I'd like to know about them too!

thanks! :D

PS The lenses I have are: 18-55 kit lens, efs 55-250IS lens


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Oct 18, 2010 03:37 |  #2

If the canon 35mm and 50mm f1.4 is in your list, the f1.8 shouldn't be in question. Rebel XS is a crop body, so the 35mm would be a better focal length for walk around/every day lens. I currently own a 50mm f/1.8 but i am in the market for a 28mm or 30mm, and will be upgrading to the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 in the future


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Oct 18, 2010 05:44 |  #3

The 35mm f2 has become one of my favorite lenses. Very good focal length on a crop. I enjoy using this lens with an extension tube as well. If you prefer a 50mm lens, you should consider the very sharp 50mm 2.5 CM as well. That is, if you don't require 1.4 or 1.8. The 50mm 2.5 does exterme close ups that the other 2 cannot do, and has a built in lens hood.

But my choice here would be the 35mm.




  
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Oct 18, 2010 05:46 |  #4

Possibly look into the Sigma 30mm 1.4 - great lens.


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Oct 18, 2010 05:49 |  #5

C.Michael wrote in post #11117740 (external link)
Possibly look into the Sigma 30mm 1.4 - great lens.

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Oct 18, 2010 07:33 |  #6

Go for the 35 first because with the crop factor it will set up a nice focal length.


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Oct 18, 2010 08:52 |  #7

I use the 35f2 and it is my favorite lens. It is great for natural light photography. I have used it for travel, but you will miss the wide angle of the 18-55IS kit lens.
I have the XS and the T2i. It lives on the T2i.
A 50mm lens is comparable to the field of view of an 80 on full frame or film. I have the Sigma 50f2.8 and it is a very sharp lens, but f2.8 isn't fast enough in some cases.
I am very happy with the 35f2. Focus is fast and accurate and the lens is sharp.




  
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Oct 18, 2010 09:41 |  #8

When I had my 35mm, it was on my 7D much much more than the 50mm. It is a good focal length for your camera. The autofocus is pretty noisy on the 35mm f/2, but is accurate and sharp.


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Oct 18, 2010 09:49 |  #9

C.Michael wrote in post #11117740 (external link)
Possibly look into the Sigma 30mm 1.4 - great lens.

I own the 28mm canon, and I like it. However, if I had it to do over, I would go for the Sigma 30mm 1.4.


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Oct 18, 2010 11:28 |  #10

I love the 35mm on my 7D. If you have the funds, get the Sigma 30mm, if not get the 35mm. The extra stop of light is great, but the 35mm is sharp right from f/2


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Oct 18, 2010 11:33 |  #11

I own the 35mm f/2 and it is great on a crop camera. You'll rediscover the joy of using a real normal lens.

Now I own a 5D Mark II so the 35mm f/2 is great for environmental portraits.


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Oct 18, 2010 14:12 |  #12

The 35/2 is a great lens! I bought one used on craigslist. $200. Yes its noisy. But who cares, its cheap with great optics, and is super light. I put it in my pocket or my GF's purse and go




  
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Oct 18, 2010 17:57 |  #13

The 35/2 is well worth it, just a great lens...you will not be disapointed!

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Oct 18, 2010 18:03 |  #14

I had the 35.. f/2. it was sharp wide open but I sold it because i wanted the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 its faster and quiet. I never missed the 35mm f/2 after i got the sigma. The 30-35 focal length on a crop camera is very comfortable to me that is why i love the lens so much. you can find a 35mm f/2 for cheap (I think i picked mine up for $180) the sigma will cost you a little more but its faster and quieter, also my copy of the sigma the corners were sharper.




  
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Oct 18, 2010 19:47 |  #15

set your kit lens to 30mm, or 35mm...use it like that for a day without ever adjusting the zoom...then set it to 50mm for a day...which one do you prefer?


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