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50L & 85L... is there room for both in the same kit bag?

 
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Jan 20, 2013 06:55 |  #1

Does anyone here own both?.. or do you guys think they are very similar (in terms of use)?

Looking forward to hearing different opinions and arguments for and against why someone would/wouldnt own both of them.


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Jan 20, 2013 07:00 |  #2

There's always room. I find that there are times when I am on an assignment and the 35mm is too wide while the 85mm is too long, so I'll throw on the 50mm.


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Jan 20, 2013 08:10 |  #3

I've owned every 50mm lens Canon makes (the 1.4 more than twice too), and the better sigma as well... And I usually end up selling it because between 35 and 85, I can't make use of it... It's in my bag now, because the 2nd shooter I use a lot once said he wouldn't mind having access to something like that at some weddings...
If it gets used at weddings, I'll turn it into a 50L... If it doesn't, it might stay, or it might dosappear


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Jan 20, 2013 08:29 |  #4

From 35mm to 50mm, magnification increases by a factor of about 1.4. From 50mm to 85mm, the increase is 1.7. So in terms of angle of view, the 50L and 85L are far enough apart for me, whereas the 35L and 50L are not.




  
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Jan 20, 2013 09:09 |  #5

yeah I'm thinking of selling 35 and getting a 50.. I can't find that much use for 35mm focal length..

I'd rather have something like this in my setup:

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Jan 20, 2013 09:25 |  #6

There's going to be a difference between 50mm and 85mm in terms of lens characteristics, compression, etc. 85mm would be a more flattering lens to use on tight portraits for example.

I don't think owning both is a problem. In fact, I do.




  
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Jan 20, 2013 12:50 |  #7

Both are great, why not have both of them... (If you can afford them)
In fact I will never have the money to buy them, BUT, I am planing to buy a 50 1.4 and a 85 1.8 lens.
So in my backpack there is for sure room for both.


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Jan 20, 2013 12:57 |  #8

I have and use both. But if I was limited to just one, it would be the 85L


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Jan 20, 2013 13:00 as a reply to  @ lens pirate's post |  #9

Room in mine, and the 35L, as my preferred primes for events.


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Jan 20, 2013 13:27 |  #10

I have both. My 85L only comes out when I do paid session portraits. I use my 50L for almost everything and it gets more use then my 85L.

Answering your question. YES. There is room for both.




  
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Jan 20, 2013 14:23 |  #11

I have the 85L and the 50L is next on my list for the same reasons as mentioned above .


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Jan 20, 2013 16:55 |  #12

I prefer a 50mm over the 85mm 99% of the time. It's more versatile and close up distortion is good enough. I find that a 135L pairs up very nicely with a 50mm.


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Jan 20, 2013 17:27 |  #13

kouasupra wrote in post #15512257 (external link)
I have both. My 85L only comes out when I do paid session portraits. I use my 50L for almost everything and it gets more use then my 85L.

Answering your question. YES. There is room for both.

Same here.

The 50L, while not quite the same caliber as the 85L, is a great lens, and is much more versatile. Its brings great IQ and an extremely large aperture, in a small/discrete package, and a very easy to worth with focal length (on a FF at least). For casual outings, the 50L and a 270exII is my go to set-up. Very compact and easy to shoot, yet extremely good performance.

The 85L has unmatched IQ, but its size, weight, and focal length make it very hard to use outside of controlled shooting environments (usually paid shoots).


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Jan 20, 2013 17:38 |  #14

Staszek wrote in post #15513011 (external link)
I prefer a 50mm over the 85mm 99% of the time. It's more versatile and close up distortion is good enough. I find that a 135L pairs up very nicely with a 50mm.

im a 50/135 shooter (w/ 35 on X100) as well and I thought i wouldn't need anything else until yesterday, during an e-session at times I felt I was shooting too close to the clients and with the 135, I was too far.
Im seriously considering an 85 now to compliment my 50 and 135


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Jan 21, 2013 00:39 |  #15

taemo wrote in post #15513133 (external link)
im a 50/135 shooter (w/ 35 on X100) as well and I thought i wouldn't need anything else until yesterday, during an e-session at times I felt I was shooting too close to the clients and with the 135, I was too far.
Im seriously considering an 85 now to compliment my 50 and 135

It happens. The feeling is probably also only on your end of the shoot ;)


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