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Switching to primes. I have a 50mm and 135mm should a 35mm or a 24mm be next?

 
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Aug 25, 2011 09:07 |  #1

Like the title says. I am transitioning to primes and would like a semi wide lens to compliment my Sigma 50 and 135L. I am shooting FF.

My question is: is 35 to close to 50?
I found myself at 28mm A LOT when I had a 28-75mm zoom... Which, might just be because I thought of it as a wide angle and always stuck on the wide end.

I've narrowed down (and have a ~$1100 budget) to lenses like:

Used 35L (a stretch on budget)
Used 24L (mk1)
Samyang 35 1.4
Zeiss 35 2.0

Any input on other options? Any one have a 50 and a semi wide want to share their experiences? Help me spend my money!

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Aug 25, 2011 09:35 |  #2

Well if you know you like the 28mm focal length and you are obviously willing to consider manual focus lenses, why not the Zeiss 28/2? If you can stretch to a 35L you can probably manage the 28.

And as to your question abouth whether 35 is too close to 50, that really depends. The difference in angle of view is significant enough (for me) to warrant having lenses at both focal lengths.




  
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Aug 25, 2011 09:52 as a reply to  @ bpark42's post |  #3

The reason I hadn't considered the Zeiss 28 f2 is because they seem so uncommon compared to their 35. Thus I've never seen one reasonably priced on the used market.

Also, the fact that I was stuck at 28 was more a function of that being the widest my zoom went not consciously choosing that focal length over say 35... If that makes sense..


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Aug 25, 2011 10:07 |  #4

Well, I own a 24LII and Zeiss 35/2, and I recently sold my 35L because I preferred the Zeiss. If forced to choose between the 24 and the 35, I would take the Zeiss because I find the 35mm focal length to be much more general purpose than 24.

The Samyang 35/1.4 seems like a strong performer and is certainly a good value, but I have no experience with it.




  
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Aug 25, 2011 10:12 as a reply to  @ bpark42's post |  #5

Thanks for the input. My primary concern is having something wide enough for group shots... I have the "s" focusing screen and play around with some older minolta MF glass with little issue (if I focus bracket).

You don't miss the extra light gathering the 35L offered over the Zeiss?


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Aug 25, 2011 10:16 |  #6

I have the 35L and the 50L and I really like it. Being a wedding photographer, the 35L goes on for dancing shots and basically does not come off. Another photographer I shoot with though shoots with the 24 and the 50. 24 is too wide for my taste, but seeing on how you were always at 28 makes me think you should go 24.


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Aug 25, 2011 10:25 |  #7

drewjoseph wrote in post #12997224 (external link)
You don't miss the extra light gathering the 35L offered over the Zeiss?

Not so far. I rarely need f1.4 for my shooting, and the viewfinder is still plenty bright at f2 for composing and focusing.




  
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Aug 25, 2011 10:26 |  #8

I really liked my Sigma 50/1.4, but when I got the 35L, it got little use so I sold it and got the 85/1.8 instead. For the portraiture I do, the 35mm FL was more versatile and paired better with 85 and 135 FL's


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Aug 25, 2011 10:31 as a reply to  @ dFreezy's post |  #9

I've considered chucking the Sigma 50 and buying a 35L. However, I absolutely LOVE it and feel like it'd be something I'd regret. The Bokeh and sharpness at 2.0 are damn near perfect.

I think I need to remember that these lenses can be rebought...

Having a 35L and 135L with nothing in between freaks me out a little.


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Aug 25, 2011 10:34 |  #10

I like a Nikkor 24 2.8 AI lens. Not that expensive ($150 in BGN condition at Keh) and capable of very good results.

Below is a like to older Nikkor lenses and the 24 2.8

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Aug 25, 2011 11:00 as a reply to  @ stover98074's post |  #11

Alternative glass is a little overwhelming at this point for me. I think I am going to stick with EF mounted stuff.


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Aug 25, 2011 11:05 |  #12

I have the 24L and the 35L. I find myself reaching for the 35 more often. 24 is a little wide. I also have the 16-35 and the 24-70 to cover the wider zones.




  
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Aug 25, 2011 11:09 as a reply to  @ Purplecow's post |  #13

24L (mk1) is great but not quite as sharp as the 35L and Zeiss 35.

35L is more expensive, as is the Zeiss 28. The 24L mk 2 is far to expensive.

Zeiss 35 might not be wide enough and doesn't have AF.

Canon 28 1.8 just isn't on the level of the L and Zeiss...

Oh come on where is my sub $1000 28L 1.4!


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Aug 25, 2011 11:24 |  #14

the 35mm and 50mm FL are way different IMO. if you don't mind the MF they say the rokinon 35 1.4 is very good. 24 might be too wide for me but if you use 28 a lot i think the 24 might be a better choice for you. good luck finding a 24 mk1 though.


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Aug 25, 2011 11:27 as a reply to  @ nikesupremedunk's post |  #15

I should just try out a 35 (zeiss or samyang) and see. Adorama has them periodically... sometimes they are priced great (when I'm not ready to buy)... Right now they have a sub 1100 mk1 in "E" condition.


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