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35 f2 and 85 1.8 or 50 1.4 and 85 1.8

 
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Apr 02, 2011 20:43 |  #1

I am looking to purchase 2 of these lenses in the next week or two. I am pretty set on the 50 1.4 and 85 1.8. I have used the 85 before and loved it immensely. I am wondering if I should consider the 35 f2. I have the 5dmk2 and 50D so my only concern is that when considering the 50 and 85 and the crop factor, I really of 3 focal lengths to choose from. But if I had the 35 and 85, I will have 4 focal lengths. Maybe a better value. Any thoughts? Hands down I will not go with the 35 f2 if people here say that its quality is worse than the 50 1.4. I am not just looking at focal lengths.


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Apr 02, 2011 22:56 |  #2

35 f/2 isn't bad, but the focusing is a little less accurate and slower, and kinda buzzy sounding. The focal lengths are all depending on your own style; we can't answer that for you. But in terms of quality, the 50 1.4 is nicer than the 35 f/2 imo. I didn't like the 35 f/2 personally...


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Apr 02, 2011 23:03 |  #3

I like the 85 and how its built/functions more then the 50 1.4 but both are very good in terms of image quality. I never used the 35 but I did own the 28 and I thought it was also very good. For a while I used all 3 primes and I was very happy with them. All used the same size filters and all handle very well and are fun to shoot with.

IMO with primes you are right on track, most go with 24/50/100 or 35/85/135 and with a dual format system it makes even more sense because your basically getting 2 for 1 with each prime so maybe take a look at the 100 2.0 over the 85, I hear its very similar in every way or maybe the 100 non L macro which is also an awesome lens if you have any interest in macro.


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Apr 03, 2011 09:11 |  #4

I have the same cameras and the logic you describe is exactly why I have a 35 and an 85. Becuase it also gives me ~50 and ~135.


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Apr 03, 2011 11:22 |  #5

How is the quality of the 35f2 compared to a nifty fifty? I enjoy my nifty but its really slow to focus and seems a bit soft. That is why I was thinking of replacing it with the 1.4 version.


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Apr 03, 2011 12:38 |  #6

I would think that the 35 f/2 lacks much of the important benefits of a prime lens because it is only 1 stop faster and not really sharper than f/2.8 zooms. I really don't ever use any primes that are not f/1.4 or faster, except for the fisheye. The 135L does not really get used except under rare circumstances.


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Apr 04, 2011 08:38 |  #7

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I would think that the 35 f/2 lacks much of the important benefits of a prime lens because it is only 1 stop faster and not really sharper than f/2.8 zooms. I really don't ever use any primes that are not f/1.4 or faster, except for the fisheye. The 135L does not really get used except under rare circumstances.

I agree with this with the only the exception of the 100 macro where at least I pick up IS so it's still very useful in dark settings.


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Apr 04, 2011 09:51 |  #8

I shoot with 5DMkII, 1DMkII, and 20D and have the 35/2 and 50/1.4 and 85/1.8. Would hate to have to decide between the 35/2 and 50/1.4. If I could only have two lens, I would have to go with the 35/85 combination for the versatility and could live with that, even though the 50 is faster and sharper.
For all it's drawbacks, the 35/2 provides excellent quality for the money.


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Apr 04, 2011 09:54 |  #9

One benefit of the 1.8 or 2.0 primes is the small size. 1 stop is still useful


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Apr 06, 2011 11:50 |  #10

my 35mm f/2.0 somehow sharper than my 50mm f/1.4 ..


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