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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2 for FF?

 
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Oct 23, 2011 15:24 |  #1

I'm wondering what is better for wide angle landscapes, night street photography, and also indoor night (restaurant, possibly clubs, etc.) shots. I'm going to Taiwan in February so I still have time, but I am highly considering these for now.

I have a 5D and a 50 1.8 Mk i, which is amazingly excellent in low light (just upgraded from a 40D and Sigma 30).

I've been reading a lot of reviews for both. The 35 seems good since it is cheap but still sharp and fast but the 28 has USM and is even wider.

I want something that produces good bokeh and is sharp in low light in general, being wide would help since I do not know the limit of buildings I would be in. I considered the 28 1.8 when I was considering the Sigma 30, but that was when I had a crop, and the Sigma won hands down. If it didn't vignette on my 5D, I would've definitely kept it.

Overall, I am mixed about the 28 since I've seen so many varied good reviews and bad reviews about it. The 35 being an older design, and having a longer reach is what makes me less consider it.

Thoughts? I guess like I stated, wide angle is important and so is IQ/Bokeh. I don't mind paying more for the 28 if it's something truly worth a consideration either.




  
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Oct 23, 2011 15:47 |  #2

Since you have the 50mm f/1.8 Mk-I (I love mine) the 28mm would probably be a better choice.

If you were starting from scratch, I would have suggested a combo of the 35mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8 (or 100mm f/2).


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Oct 23, 2011 15:50 |  #3

Apparently the 28mm f/1.8 is a terrible lens. I thought it was pretty good, but a lot of Sigma 30 owners have made me see the light. Don't get the 28.


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Oct 23, 2011 16:09 |  #4

I have actually considered the 85, but I realistically won't be doing a lot of portraits. The 50 was basically my 80 on my 40D, but I never used it when ever since the day I got the Sigma, and realized that there were a lot of situations where I wished I had wider glass.

And lol, this is why I'm so uncertain. Some people love it (the 28), some people hate it, it's 50/50 -_-

My friend who made me realize the power of the 5D went from a 50, to an 85, then back to the 50 and a 35. He uses the 35 most, and he shoots tons of events. I want the wideness, but I guess I'll wait for more responses and do more research.




  
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Oct 23, 2011 16:41 |  #5
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save up and get either 24Lmkii or 35L?

Seriously if I have to choose between the 2, i'd say 35/2.


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Oct 23, 2011 17:07 |  #6

I guess I am really leaning more towards the 35 now haha With the extra 100-ish, I could probably grab a Circular Polarizer or ND filter for my 50.

Probably wouldn't go L until I graduate and get a steady career though lol

I've already went too far in being a hobbyist/daily use shooter haha




  
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Oct 23, 2011 17:47 |  #7

i was looking at the same choices as the OP, with a 50/1.8 and a 100/2 in my bag aswell i was looking more at the 28/1.8 based on the slighty wider angle/aperture combo. the build quality of the 35/2 looks to be closer to that of the 50/1.8 and it lacks usm, both of which are a bit disappointing tbh! but i guess it is a fair but cheaper.

i know the 28/1.8 gets pretty mixed reviews but i'm still tempted to go for one if i can get it at the right price!


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Oct 23, 2011 19:12 |  #8

Vote for 35mm F2 here, great lens with spectacular IQ. Also - don't let the no-USM tag trick you. This lens focuses very quick surprisingly. I had it before I upgraded to the Sigma 30mm 1.4 but I loved it when I had it.


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Oct 23, 2011 20:16 |  #9
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Significa wrote in post #13295056 (external link)
Vote for 35mm F2 here, great lens with spectacular IQ. Also - don't let the no-USM tag trick you. This lens focuses very quick surprisingly. I had it before I upgraded to the Sigma 30mm 1.4 but I loved it when I had it.

very true. The sigma 30 pretty much owns the 35/2:rolleyes:


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Oct 23, 2011 20:24 |  #10

35mm > 28mm =D


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Oct 23, 2011 21:03 |  #11

Haha, you guys are making really miss the Sigma, just sold it this last week. I highly considered a Sigma 50, but my 50 mki is actually surprising me on FF so far so I'm keeping it since I don't see the need to upgrade it yet.

It seems like it's the 35... Guess I'll be on the lookout for one




  
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Oct 24, 2011 05:53 |  #12

tsong wrote in post #13295555 (external link)
Haha, you guys are making really miss the Sigma, just sold it this last week. I highly considered a Sigma 50, but my 50 mki is actually surprising me on FF so far so I'm keeping it since I don't see the need to upgrade it yet.

It seems like it's the 35... Guess I'll be on the lookout for one

35 and 50 are very close on FF. They are different, but close. I would go for 28. I Had 35-50-85 and sold the 50.


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Oct 24, 2011 06:42 |  #13

I was in the same boat and i chose 35mm F2,sharper than nifty fifty wide open,better contrast,for the price,you can't beat it..


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Oct 24, 2011 08:11 |  #14

I have the 35f2 and the Canon 50f1.4. It is a struggle to see any differences in the image quality they produce at f2. Both are good and very sharp, with accurate AF.
I would bet that AF would be a little faster on the 28, but it is fine on the 35f2.




  
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Oct 24, 2011 10:16 |  #15

The 28 focuses much more quickly. Here's a thread I posted a while back with my thoughts and some test shots: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1100389


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