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If you currently have the 3 prime f1.8s; 28mm, 50mm and 85mm...

 
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Feb 16, 2012 15:25 |  #1

and you had to cut down to just 2 of them, which would you keep?

Or do you refuse to eliminate one. Tell me why.


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Feb 16, 2012 15:36 |  #2

Kind of a strange question but I'll play. Just know that there are a million reasons why someone might decide to keep one of those lenses. All depends on what they shoot more often...

If I HAD to get rid of one, it would probably be the 28mm. Two reasons- if I am forced to sell a lens, it probably means I'm hurting for money. That's why I'd keep the cheapest lens. Secondly, I spend more time at the long end of my lens' focal length, so I'd miss that aspect more than the width.


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Feb 16, 2012 15:56 |  #3

None of those. I'm happy with 2x2.
35F2 and 100F2, 50 1.8 is not in use anymore and going to be for sale.


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Feb 16, 2012 17:33 |  #4

Dump the 50 1.8.


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Feb 16, 2012 17:54 |  #5

I used to have all three. The one I had real problems parting with was the 28 F/1.8 - I had a great copy. Fortunately the 24L it was replaced with, also was great.

The 85 went quickest. I hated it. Focusing in dim light, not great, not really sharpish until F/2.2, PF.

I couldn't (and wouldn't) do without these FLs, so I replaced them all with other lenses in the same focal range, approximately :D.

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Feb 16, 2012 22:33 |  #6

I would lose the 50 f/1.8 in favor of the 50 f/1.4. I have that combo of 3 primes (with the 50 f/1.4) and for low light and/or shallow DOF they make a great combo.


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Feb 21, 2012 15:29 |  #7

TxDave wrote in post #13910044 (external link)
and you had to cut down to just 2 of them, which would you keep?

Or do you refuse to eliminate one. Tell me why.

It's all about what your priorities are. I'd lose the 50mm, but only because I use it least compared to my 30 and 85. 85 would have to be pried from my cold, dead hands.


  
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Feb 21, 2012 15:52 |  #8

5x5 photography wrote in post #13912193 (external link)
I would lose the 50 f/1.8 in favor of the 50 f/1.4. I have that combo of 3 primes (with the 50 f/1.4) and for low light and/or shallow DOF they make a great combo.

WHAT THEY SAID!

I currently have those 3 primes - I do not care too much for the 28mm on the FF, yet love it on the T1i. Love the 50mm on the FF, but do not care for the 50 f/1.8....


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Feb 21, 2012 16:04 |  #9

I'd keep 28 and 85 and dump the 50, unless the 50 was the 1.2 version.


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Feb 22, 2012 10:09 as a reply to  @ AiGTs's post |  #10

I have the 28f1.8, the 50f1.4 and the 85f1.8. All have their strengths but the 85f1.8 is the most impressive for what I use it for - fast shooting in low light. It focuses quickly and is sharp from f2. It's particularly useful on a crop body - effectively like a 135f2 on full frame, but without the bulk. Great for street candids.

The 28 is nice and small, sharp from f2 and works nicely as a modest wide angle on full frame or a normal perspective lens on a crop.

I use the 50 least of all so, despite it being my fastest lens, it would have to be the one to go.


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Feb 22, 2012 10:44 |  #11

Why would y'all drop the 50mm 1.8 is one of the sharpest lenses ever made


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Feb 22, 2012 10:51 |  #12

Are u gonna use those prime just on your 5d? Coz if you are using then in the crop, answers maybe different! Coz the 85mm is a little long for the crop IMO.


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Feb 22, 2012 10:56 as a reply to  @ thestone11's post |  #13

I own the 35 f2, 50mm 1.8, and the 85mm 1.8, i actually owned 2 50 1.8's and a 1.4, traded my newer 1.8 and $65 for the 50 1.4, and added $30 and traded that for my 85mm with canon lens hood. I will never get rid of my 35mm its just perfect for a crop body like my T1i, I still own one 50mm 1.8 but i havent used it in months, my cousin has had it since november after i got my 35mm for 150 >:D

I don't feel bad saying bye to my 50's :)


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Feb 22, 2012 11:57 |  #14

28 is a wide angle, not great for portraits unless you want that 3d feel or your subjects way off in the distance.

85 is a great portrait lens, flat features, separation from background, etc.

50 is that in between. Good for both. Because of this, the 50 is good for street photography or group shots.

A bit simplistic of an explanation, but just one man's opinion.


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Feb 22, 2012 13:19 |  #15

Well... assuming you're on FF? I'd probably get rid of the 50. Cheapest build, and I could probably get away with the 28/85 combo. The 35/85 combo is my go-to. Harder to say on crop though, because 50mm on crop (80mm) is one of my favorite focal lengths... but the 85 1.8 is just a far better lens and you can use it for portraiture on crop. The 28mm is just far too useful on crop or FF to get rid of.




  
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