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Jun 13, 2011 22:55 |  #1

What is your recommendation for fast prime lens for focal length around 35mm ?
I already have 24-70 but I need (ok, I want) faster and sharper lens for focal length around 35mm :p

As far as I know, there are :
Sigma 30mm
Samyang 35
Canon 35
Canon 35 L
Tamron ?
Tokina ?
Leica ?
Zeiss ?

please consider price/performance here :)


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Jun 14, 2011 01:40 |  #2

I think the 35L sample photo thread is worth a look for you:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=277475


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Jun 14, 2011 02:14 |  #3

i went this route.

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1043327


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Jun 14, 2011 02:46 |  #4

Tokina 35mm Macro is supposed be good, but is only F/2.8.

Tamron rarely make primes.




  
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Jun 14, 2011 03:19 |  #5

sigma 30 on crop


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Jun 14, 2011 06:27 |  #6

+1 on sigma 30


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Jun 14, 2011 06:36 |  #7

+2 sigma 30


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Jun 14, 2011 07:09 as a reply to  @ Sirrith's post |  #8

the Canon 35L is considered by some to be a pretty much flawless lens

you get what you pay for




  
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Jun 14, 2011 09:04 |  #9

Sigma 30mm


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Jun 14, 2011 09:31 |  #10

silverant wrote in post #12589262 (external link)
What is your recommendation for fast prime lens for focal length around 35mm ?
I already have 24-70 but I need (ok, I want) faster and sharper lens for focal length around 35mm :p

As far as I know, there are :
Sigma 30mm
Samyang 35
Canon 35
Canon 35 L
Tamron ?
Tokina ?
Leica ?
Zeiss ?

please consider price/performance here :)

I shoot portrait, candid, people group, snapshot, street (with people) but not landscape. I love shoot people.

AF vs. MF is a big part of this question. With price vs. performance as a consideration I would have to agree with a lot of the others that the Sigma 30 is a good choice if you need AF. On the other hand, you said you liked the rendering of the Samyang in the other thread, so that might be worth a look if you can live with manual focus.




  
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Jun 14, 2011 10:33 |  #11

bpark42 wrote in post #12591091 (external link)
AF vs. MF is a big part of this question. With price vs. performance as a consideration I would have to agree with a lot of the others that the Sigma 30 is a good choice if you need AF. On the other hand, you said you liked the rendering of the Samyang in the other thread, so that might be worth a look if you can live with manual focus.

Very true, but looking at the OP's bodies, I wouldn't recommend any MF lenses. The 450D is a pain to use with MF lenses, unless you're using live view only.


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Jun 14, 2011 10:38 |  #12

I chose the 28/1.8 as my walk-around for my 1.6x crop body. I like the fast lens for poorly lit/inside shots. The 28/1.8 has pretty good IQ (though obviously not an "L") - it crops nicely.


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Jun 14, 2011 10:40 |  #13

Personally I find a 35mm a little odd focal length on crop cameras like yours. (I love it on FF, though.) Canon offers the 35/2 and 35/1.4L. I don't currently use either... both are good IQ, especially the L. Build quality is the two extremes... a notch above "entry level" and "L-quality". They don't offer anything in between.

I wanted bit wider and actually I went with Canon 28/1.8. It's an excellent lens, very compact, decent IQ, fast/accurate AF, usable on both crop and full frame, and with far fewer issues getting a "good copy" compared to the Siggy. About the same price, too. You'll find it very much like your 50/1.4 and 85/1.8, just wider and more compact even with it's lens hood.

Tamron used to make a lot of great primes... Now the only offer a few and those are all macro lenses (60/2 for crop is interesting for it's especially fast f2, 90/2.8 is quite good, haven't used 180mm, but image it's good too).

Tokina also used to make a lot of great primes, but now concentrates on zooms... They just offer the two macro primes: 35/2.8 and 100/2.8.

Sigma has more prime lenses, probably in part because they still sell DSLRs of their own as well and need a reasonably comprehensive lens system to support them. They have 20/1.8, 24/1.8, 28/1.8, 30/1.4 (crop), 50/1.4, 85/1.4 plus a series of macro lenses (50, 70, 105, 150 and 180mm) and several fisheyes.


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Jun 14, 2011 11:18 |  #14

I agree with Allen here, 35mm is great on FF but still might not be wide enough on a crop. I'd go with the Sigma 30 or 24Lii


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Jun 14, 2011 11:28 |  #15

I use the 35f2 on the T2i and XS. It is my go-to general purpose lens. I prefer the slightly longer normal view of the lens, as the view is comparable to that of a 56mm lens on film. If I want wider, I use the 18-55IS or Tokina 12-24 F4.
The lens is sharp at f2 and AF is fast and accurate. The appearance of the lens does not impress, but performance is very good - it is sharp. The only downsides are a buzzy AF (which I don't hear) and flare if you shoot into the sun - the cure is obvious - I avoid shooting into the sun. I have other very sharp primes, so I can provide a reasonable evaluation.
I highly recommend the lens. At f2, the 35L will be a little sharper. At f8, you won't see a difference. The lens is very light and compact. You need to decide if you want to drop an extra $1,000 on the L lens.
Focus is close, and the lens does well here. It is not a macro lens, so you don't get the same results as a true macro - but it will give you nice effects. It is my most used lens, and I also have the Canon 50f1.4 and Canon 85f1.8. Incidentally, the lens works fine on both of my camera bodies.




  
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