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35L or 50L for first prime?

 
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Jul 06, 2012 12:44 |  #46

Also note that I've calibrated all of my lenses and the 50 was the lens that needed the most shifting than the others. It wasn't significant.

Your test shot looks good and pretty standard from my experience.

Congrats on the new purchase and enjoy learning your lens. I've had mine for a while now and using F/1.2 is still a challenge. Apart from that it's a great multi-purpose focal length that should provide you with many great images in the future.


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Jul 06, 2012 13:13 |  #47

35L is the way to go.


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Jul 06, 2012 13:24 |  #48

TijmenDal wrote in post #14679494 (external link)
35L is the way to go.

He went with the 50L, and we want more samples :-)


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Jul 06, 2012 15:58 |  #49

Rush87 wrote in post #14670326 (external link)
For the price of a 35L or 50L, you could get a 28 1.8, 50 1.4 and 85 1.8.

this is pretty much what I ended up doing since i need both a wide angle lens for video and an 85 for portrait work. I could've just gone with the 35L which is what I want but I also needed something else. In time I'll most likely sell the 3 or just the 28 and 50 and put the difference in to get the 35L.


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Jul 06, 2012 16:12 |  #50

35mm is an awkward focal lens, imo, on a FF. It's not really wide enough to be really "creative" (a stupid comment but I say it, nevertheless), nor is it long enough for a lot of shooting. I love my 24LII for it's creative potential. It's become my walk around lens although I do not do a lot of walking around shooting.


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Jul 06, 2012 16:20 |  #51

AlanU wrote in post #14670176 (external link)
first L prime...24Lmk2 or 35L.

I wish you luck finding a good 50L :O (not internet hype). I'm still looking for one.....



The one I bought is stellar.


I highly suspect you are asking the wrong question from that lens.

Anyone who wants sharpness from the 50L is..... Not using their brain :)


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Jul 06, 2012 17:54 |  #52

benny.dahan wrote in post #14675200 (external link)
First shot at 1.2
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Please tell me what you think about the sharpness of my copy

Looks a bit soft tbh. did u nail down the AF properly?


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Jul 06, 2012 21:23 |  #53

pyrojim wrote in post #14680464 (external link)
The one I bought is stellar.


I highly suspect you are asking the wrong question from that lens.

Anyone who wants sharpness from the 50L is..... Not using their brain :)

Huh?

If canon can declare this lens as a red ring luxury lens I wonder if they mean for the build. I have zero tolerance in mis focus and I think the 50L is the king for this back focus/focus shift characteristic due to lens design.

Pyro, do you mean you accept a lens that is unsharp? I'd find it hard to explain to paying customers that their baby photo shoot or senior photo shoot is out of focus because you dont want sharpness but obtain the cool factor of owning a 50L.

I have yet found a "defective" properly focusing 50L. However I'm extremely pleased that my 24Lmk2, 35L and 85L is spot on ridiculously sharp. Even my wimpy canon 50 f/1.4 lands the shot regardless of wideopen to partially stopped down.


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Jul 06, 2012 21:45 |  #54

Its just not a lens for pixel peeping. Its plenty sharp IMO


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Jul 07, 2012 01:28 |  #55

Tommydigi wrote in post #14681679 (external link)
Its just not a lens for pixel peeping. Its plenty sharp IMO

tommy I'm not picking on you specifically. If I said a 70-300 (non L) or canon 50 f/1.8 are lenses not for pixel peepers that would raise a brow wouldn't it? That comment would indicate "why isn't it good enough?".

Yet commonly seen comments about the 50L not for pixel peepers sounds so "interesting" Is the 50L immune to such blasphemy words just because there's a following? The f/1.2 is so appealing to me but the focus shift just kills me. I just dont know how people can have a blind eye when you miss the shot due to defective design. 2 lenses in my radar is for the 24-70Lmk2 and 50L. I've just given up on the 50L.

Been through hell and back trying to find a Sigmadud 50mm its left me a real bad taste in my mouth about such a flakey AF lens from sigma. The Sigma 50 alone has pushed me to never buy 3rd party sigma lenses ever again. At least the 50L has a calculated issue in focus shift.

I analyze a lens to death upon the initial days of owning a new lens. 50L fails before I even leave the local camera store.

I wish I was a lucky lottery winner. 35L is such a no brainer solid lens.


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Jul 07, 2012 04:29 |  #56

Tommydigi wrote in post #14681679 (external link)
Its just not a lens for pixel peeping. Its plenty sharp IMO

Not on that pic that was posted by the OP though


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Jul 07, 2012 06:12 |  #57

I would consider the 24LII. I have quite a few zooms and after I started using primes it was a whole new world for me... I had the 24-105L (gave it to my sister)... the 23 and the 35 I use are just killer lenses and the 85L I own is probably my favorite of them all. :)


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Jul 07, 2012 06:17 |  #58

my wishlist is a 24Lmk2 50L as my walkaround lenses


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Jul 07, 2012 12:07 |  #59

AlanU wrote in post #14675890 (external link)
I'm not concerned about f/1.2. try taking photos 5 feet away stopping down the lens to f/1.4 to f/4. You may find a good inch or two back focusing due to focus shift.

Alan,

You absolutely right !!
It's tack sharp at f/1.2 to f/1.8 but at f/2 to f/4 the focus shift does happen.....

It didn't happend with the 35 f/1.4 when I check it on the store.....
I'll need to think about it and maybe will replace it with the 35 eventually....

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Jul 07, 2012 12:16 |  #60

Another vote for 50L


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