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Does 50L pair well with the 35L?

 
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Mar 01, 2011 04:24 |  #1

Really want a ultra-fast prime, was going to get te 85L but found it focus too slow for my taste when I tested it out at a local camera shop. But I got to say shooting at 1.2 is magical. So, the store recommended the 50L. Focus speed is fast, and it's much lighter. It seems the bokeh is not as nice as the 85, but still awesome. But I have a 35L already, so just wondering if the 50L pair well with the 35? Will they be too close? Does anyone have both?


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Mar 01, 2011 04:34 |  #2

I would think the focal lengths are too close. I have 35, 50, 85, 100, 135 mm covered in different primes and think 35+85+135 is the best combo. If focus speed is the issue, you could also consider the sigma 85.


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Mar 01, 2011 05:25 |  #3

35 and 50 give quite a different look I found even though on paper they don't seem too different

50 feels like a wider 85L, whereas the 35L feels a bit like a zoom in comparison in terms of the background blur (or lack of) it gives in comparison

Optically, the 35L is obviously better


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Mar 01, 2011 05:27 |  #4

You should double your focal length from primne to prime so 24, 50 to 100 works well.


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Mar 01, 2011 05:36 |  #5

I agree the focal lengths are way too close. On the other hand, if you're VERY wealthy and money is no object, go for it.




  
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Mar 01, 2011 06:32 |  #6

While they are distinctly different focal lengths in practice, they are both generally considered normal lenses. The 50 is a normal, while the 35 is a often considered a wide-normal. I personally think they are too close to own both. I probably wouldn't mind owning a Sigma or Canon 50mm 1.4, but I could not personally justify the price and redundancy of a 50L already having a 35L


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Mar 01, 2011 07:21 as a reply to  @ julian.shelton's post |  #7

I too find them too close to own both.




  
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Mar 01, 2011 07:55 |  #8

I have both but I think they are too close. They do offer a different FOV that is noticeable, but I tend to grab my 35L and 85L over the 50 just about every time.


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Mar 01, 2011 08:01 |  #9

I'd have both if it weren't so extravagant. So I might add a 50mm 1.4 at some point (I have the 35L).


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Mar 01, 2011 08:33 |  #10

I would say that they're too close. As much as I love my Sigmalux, I almost ALWAYS wish that it was either longer or shorter. If I could afford it, I would swap said Sigmalux for a 35L and an 85L...but as it stands it'd end up being more like a 35/2 and a Samyang 85/1.4. And I'd rather have one fantastic lens than two mediocre ones.

So, I would wager that if you carry around a 35L and a 50L, the 35L is going to see 85% of the action, and you're going to frequently wish you had something longer than the 50. There's a reason that the 35-85-135 trio is so highly-regarded! For me, and I think for many others, a 50mm prime is mostly an affordable way to get a lens with a very fast aperture.

And don't forget the good ol' focus shift problem, either.


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Mar 01, 2011 09:39 as a reply to  @ cptrios's post |  #11

I have the 35L 1.4 , 50 1.4 , 85L 1.2 and 135L 2.0.

The 35L and 85L are my most two used primes. The 50 I have to admit almost never gets used and I should sell it, it about 2 years I have taken maybe 20 pics :( , really glad I did not get the 50L. If I had to drop one of the it would be the 50 without even thinking about it. The 135L is a special lens in the canon lineup and even though I do not use it too often, I will be keeping.

Not sure which bodies your have but for me the 35L becomes effectively a 50 on a 1.3 crop so that is the major reason I never use the 50.


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Mar 01, 2011 09:52 |  #12

Slightly OT, but if you had the 24L II and the 85L II, which would you choose to fill the gap, 35L or 50L?


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Mar 01, 2011 09:58 |  #13

Sir_Loin wrote in post #11935702 (external link)
Slightly OT, but if you had the 24L II and the 85L II, which would you choose to fill the gap, 35L or 50L?

35L.

Even though 24mm is closer to 35mm than 50mm is to 80mm, the 11mm difference is huge in the wide end....for me anyway. I just prefer the 35L to the 50L, but that's my opinion. In fact, I am getting rid of my 50L soon here to a family member and will have the 24L, 35L, and 85L combo.


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Mar 01, 2011 10:00 |  #14

Sir_Loin wrote in post #11935702 (external link)
Slightly OT, but if you had the 24L II and the 85L II, which would you choose to fill the gap, 35L or 50L?

Hmmm now that is tough. Logically one would say 50 but the heart says 35 :)

I thought about the same thing when getting my prime collection taking into account FF and crop (1.3) and went 17 TS-E, 35L and 85 with the 17 becoming a 22 on a crop and 35 becoming 46.


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Mar 01, 2011 10:01 |  #15

I'll be the one to stick up for 50mm :-} I debated between 35 and 50 and for how I like to shoot I settled on 50. IMO all primes are a compromise because all focal lengths are useful at times so its really hard to pick 1 or 2 and say this is the FL I like most. I would like 24, 35, 50, 85 etc but I just found 50 to be most practical for me. I also considered adding a 35 since 35 seems to make for a nice walk around, snap shot FL but I too think they are a bit to close to justify another $1500 prime.

If I had the 35 I would feel the same about the 50.


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