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35L Vs 50L

 
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Dec 23, 2012 02:02 |  #1

So I have saved enough money to buy either a 35 1.4 or a 50 1.2 lens but not too sure which one to get. What are everyones thoughts :)

I have a 5DMk2, 17-40 f4L, 24-105 f4L, 70-200 f2.8L, and a 50 1.8 so the new lens will probably be used mostly for doing portraits, strobist type stuff.


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Dec 23, 2012 02:07 |  #2

why not rent both and delay purchasing them and test them in what would be your normal shooting conditions?


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Dec 23, 2012 02:22 |  #3

Ilovetheleafs wrote in post #15398862 (external link)
why not rent both and delay purchasing them and test them in what would be your normal shooting conditions?

i would love to ilovetheleafs but i live about 400km from the nearest rental store.


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Dec 23, 2012 03:20 |  #4

if you like your 50 1.8 focal length, go for the 50L.

i had both, never liked the 35L, so i finally sold it when i had decided that i didn't want a lens "collection".


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Dec 23, 2012 04:10 |  #5

I'd get the Sigma 35mm f/1.4. It's the best performing lens right now and it's also the cheapest.


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Dec 23, 2012 04:33 |  #6

jasonlloyd wrote in post #15398877 (external link)
i would love to ilovetheleafs but i live about 400km from the nearest rental store.

could always try a rental website


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Dec 23, 2012 04:42 |  #7

I'm sorta in the same boat as you (just don't have all the money yet) I have the 50 1.4 and just rented the 35L. Stunning lens, and I really like the wider framing.
Swapping it for the 50L tomorrow to see what that's all about. But so far, I'm leaning towards the 35.
I seriously recomend renting the lenses. Then you won't be wondering "what if"


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Dec 23, 2012 04:56 |  #8

Looking at your lens lineup I would get the 35L because you don't have any fast lens in that area. The bokeh is much nicer on the 50L. I had the 35L but I prefer the 50L more.




  
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Dec 23, 2012 05:56 |  #9

It comes down to which focal length you prefer for a fast prime. Is your 50mm f/1.8 a good length, or do you wish it were wider? Try setting your 24-105L to both lengths and see which works better for the shots you would use this prime for.

Personally, I prefer 50mm for most of my indoor prime shooting on a full frame body. The 35L (or new Sigma 35 f/1.4) would be handy for museums and walking around outdoors, but that is not something I do with a prime lens much.


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Dec 23, 2012 10:46 |  #10

Scott M wrote in post #15399108 (external link)
Try setting your 24-105L to both lengths and see which works better for the shots you would use this prime for.

That's exactly what I would suggest, too! Just set it to 35 and see how you like the perspective etc, and then do the same for the 50, this should at least give you an idea which you'd prefer. Personally, I love 50's!


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Dec 23, 2012 11:05 as a reply to  @ Bilderknipser's post |  #11

I like the 35mm focal length on my crop body. 50mm feels off somehow. Like I have to be too far away. On a FF the 50mm would be great, while the 35mm might feel too wide.


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Dec 23, 2012 11:17 |  #12

If you taking portraits of eight people you"ll need 35L. Actually 17-40 f4L, 24-105 f4L will give similar results. Because you don't need f1.4 for eight people. Even for two it is already difficult.
If you already taking portraits with 50 1.8 and need better lens ...
I have two 50mm primes before I upgraded to Zeiss 50 1.4.
Purchased 35F2, tried it for portraits. Wide. Too wide.
The only next lens I'm thinking now to get is 50L.


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Dec 23, 2012 11:25 |  #13

jasonlloyd wrote in post #15398855 (external link)
So I have saved enough money to buy either a 35 1.4 or a 50 1.2 lens but not too sure which one to get. What are everyones thoughts :)

I have a 5DMk2, 17-40 f4L, 24-105 f4L, 70-200 f2.8L, and a 50 1.8 so the new lens will probably be used mostly for doing portraits, strobist type stuff.

Run around with the camera for two days.

Day 1 you tape your 24-105 shut at 50mm.

Day 2 you tape your 17-40 at 35mm.

Then you know.


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Dec 23, 2012 11:47 |  #14
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35L is an amazing lens. I had the 50L and switched it to get 35L. 50L is a lot less versatile than 35L is and with 35L because you have more room to work with in terms of DOF, 1.4 is a lot easier to manage.




  
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Dec 23, 2012 12:04 |  #15

SiaoP wrote in post #15398988 (external link)
I'd get the Sigma 35mm f/1.4. It's the best performing lens right now and it's also the cheapest.

^^^+1

Worth checking this one out.. before you sign on the dotted line...


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