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24mm over 35mm for general purpose?

 
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Mar 19, 2014 17:32 |  #16

Adharr wrote in post #16771062 (external link)
I think he's talking about how things get stretched out along the edges of the frame, not pincushion or barrel effects that make the sides look like they're bubbling out.

Yeah. It's a tough question to answer. Ideally having a 24 and 35 would be bear. But he asked for one option. I'm holding out to see of the 35L II comes out this year. Both are fantastic focal lengths to have.


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Mar 19, 2014 18:45 |  #17

How about split the difference with a 28mm?




  
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Mar 20, 2014 03:15 |  #18

RogerC11 wrote in post #16771274 (external link)
How about split the difference with a 28mm?

There doesn't seem to be any fast, AF 28mm lenses. I can see now why people go for 28mm though!


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Mar 20, 2014 03:27 |  #19

I find 24/1.4 a perfect companion for Aps_H cameras.



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Mar 20, 2014 18:19 |  #20

^ I find it to be a perfect crop prime as well. Though I do enjoy it on my 6D of course.
I am awaiting a 35L 1.2 and can be very patient. Maybe it will come out with the 7D II.


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Mar 21, 2014 02:21 |  #21

InfiniteDivide wrote in post #16773713 (external link)
I am awaiting a 35L 1.2 and can be very patient.

Now, that is an interesting concept.
I think 35L ii concept propably more realistic in the near future, to compete to the increasing popular Sigma 35mm Art lens.

Back to the OP question. I have both and use them about 50-50 when shooting generals. I prefer the sharpness and the wideness on the 24L, but the 35L has nicer bokeh and less distortion when shooting portraits.


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Mar 21, 2014 02:30 |  #22

I much prefer the 35mm focal length over the 24mm length. In reality, the 35L shoots 75% of my wedding day and the 70-200 II does the rest. I use the 24L II for exaggerating foreground elements or for getting ready rooms that are either tight or when I need to show 3 or more people in the scene.

I use my 70-200 as close to 200mm for family formals as I like the look it gives. I reserve the 24mm for very large groups where I have no other choice.

If you aren't hurting for money, definitely ADD the 24L II to your kit, but also keep the 35L. You can find a use for both of them, at least I have.


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Mar 21, 2014 20:45 |  #23

frugivore wrote in post #16774803 (external link)
I got the 40mm to use as a general purpose prime. It fits very well between the 24mm and the 85mm.

I must say that I'm surprised that you don't have back up lenses but photograph weddings. What would you do if either of your lenses stop working?

At the moment "it's complicated"... in that I own the following 35mm lenses (was tempted to do a photo op of all three together!):
Canon 35 1.4L
Canon 35mm 2.0 IS
Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art

I originally had the sigma and 35mm 2.0 IS (mostly for video for the IS) and was going to sell them both for the 35L. Now I'm not so sure... Hence me thinking about replacing the 35L with something else. But I always like to have two main lenses so I don't have to keep switching them out all the time. 35/85 is almost perfect except the 35 sometimes isn't wide enough and it looks so "standard" next to the magic 85L. Would you believe the 85 becomes my 60% lens for weddings? It's just magic.

I'm looking for another lens that makes it similarly easy (for me) to develop "better than great" shots :)

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Mar 21, 2014 21:01 |  #24

The 35mm f/2 IS is supposedly sharper than the 35L, so if you're interested in sharpness, you'll find it in the lenses you already have. I'd say keep one of your 35's and add a 24L. They really are two totally different tools.


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Mar 21, 2014 21:02 |  #25

Staszek wrote in post #16776435 (external link)
The 35mm f/2 IS is supposedly sharper than the 35L, so if you're interested in sharpness, you'll find it in the lenses you already have. I'd say keep one of your 35's and add a 24L. They really are two totally different tools.

It seems like that may be the way to go indeed


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Mar 21, 2014 21:18 |  #26

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I currently use a 35/85 combo for wedding and portrait photography. What I'm finding however is more and more the 85mm is becoming the lens that will get 50-60% of my shots on the day over the 35mm. Why? Because it just makes it easy to get photographs that are special.

I'm also finding that sometimes I need wider (group shots, shots of the venue etc.) but rarely - if ever - do I long for something to fill the 35-85mm gap.

So it has me thinking, would it work if I just completely replaced my 35 with a 24LII? I'm set to get the 135L next for more telephoto shots, but I'd rather stick with three lenses. I want to avoid having to use 24,35,85,135. If the 24 can completely replace my 35 it would be a 24,85,135 combo.

Anyone had much experience using 24 and 35mm lenses?

*Note: not much interested in the 24-70ii. It just doesn't gel with my style.

Heya,

The moment you get the 135L, you'll probably never use the 85 again. That is, unless, you are talking about the 85mm F1.4 (Sigma) or one of the `L's by Canon.

I think the 24L is nice, wide, and great for that width. But for a wedding? I'd go with a 35mm, and just back up. If you don't use it a lot, then consider simply going with the 35 F2 IS instead. It's sharper than the 35L anyways. You're not going to do a group shot less than F2 probably anyways at a wedding most likely.

Then again, this exactly why people use the 24-70 F2.8.

I really like the 35 / 85 / 200 setup.

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Mar 22, 2014 00:53 |  #27

hhuy888 wrote in post #16774445 (external link)
Now, that is an interesting concept.
I think 35L ii concept probably more realistic in the near future, to compete to the increasing popular Sigma 35mm Art lens.

Back to the OP question. I have both and use them about 50-50 when shooting generals. I prefer the sharpness and the wideness on the 24L, but the 35L has nicer bokeh and less distortion when shooting portraits.

I hope they will 'replace' the current 35L with a 35L II with f1.2
I have used a 35L and can't see a flaw in it, but eventually they will make an mkII.
If they don't change it from a f1.4 to a f1.2 lens, there is little reason for people to upgrade, even after all these years of no mkII version.


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Mar 22, 2014 06:32 |  #28

I've spent ages comparing 24L and 24-70Lii images back to back now.

I might have to put the 24-70 on the list if only for one reason... 18 point stars. I miss those from my old Zeiss ZE shooting days.

Being that the lenses are close in price, I have to weigh up whether or not I can deal with f2.8. I've been spoiled by super fast primes!


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Mar 22, 2014 06:39 |  #29

I find my 24L on my 6D a bit too wide at times. I may end up switching it for a 35L.




  
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Mar 22, 2014 08:50 |  #30

When I shot 35mm, I used a Nikon 85 f1.8 exclusively. And I seldom shot it at less than f4. I find that I like the f4-5.6 settings the best even tho I have several 1.8/2.0 lens. Go figure! (And yes, I often bumped Tri-X up to 800 or even 1200 when shooting dance! And yes, I had pics in dance mags, even had a cover or two! I used to sell 8x10s to dancers for a buck - does that make me a pro? <g>;)




  
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