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Which Prime focal length do you prefer on FF: 35 or 50?

 
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Apr 07, 2014 06:18 as a reply to  @ post 16763138 |  #61

On crop body, 35 is way more useful than 50, for me at least.


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Apr 07, 2014 07:28 |  #62

I like a lot the 24mm + 35mm + 85mm combo.

50mm is for me not enough wide for scenes, and not enough long for portraits...

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Apr 07, 2014 17:55 as a reply to  @ titi_67207's post |  #63

chubbyone wrote in post #16814702 (external link)
I just thought the 50 + 35 would be too redundant for portraits. Not much gained by swapping, so better to be more comfortable, and foot zoom, with one.

The thought of adding the 28 was just to get something wide for different shots entirely, not for portrait work.

Thanks! I'm glad I didn't impulse buy the 35 when amazon had it down a bit.

I will look more into the 24, as I would prefer wider, I just thought I heard some bad things about the 24 IS and if going 24 to go L. Of course, that's always the mantra around here. I have also considered the 17-40 as I don't foresee my wide angle needs needing the extra speed at this point.

There's a significant difference in the feel and perspective between 35mm and 50mm. The crop is less dramatic as going to 28mm or 24mm, but the feel of it is different. I often work with a 35L and 50L on two separate bodies at the same time. Different tools for different tasks.


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Apr 07, 2014 18:17 |  #64

Staszek wrote in post #16816946 (external link)
There's a significant difference in the feel and perspective between 35mm and 50mm. The crop is less dramatic as going to 28mm or 24mm, but the feel of it is different. I often work with a 35L and 50L on two separate bodies at the same time. Different tools for different tasks.

I agree... What type of subject or photo do you find is best suited to each?


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Apr 07, 2014 19:45 |  #65

Staszek wrote in post #16816946 (external link)
There's a significant difference in the feel and perspective between 35mm and 50mm. The crop is less dramatic as going to 28mm or 24mm, but the feel of it is different. I often work with a 35L and 50L on two separate bodies at the same time. Different tools for different tasks.

I do agree. My needs push me towards the 50. If I could afford to have the 35 and 50 I would.

I obviously have a big hole with nothing wider than 50 at this point tho, so I think using the 50 for my portrait needs (and 85) and picking up something wider for other style shots, I am better served.

Didn't mean to imply 35 and 50 is too redundant for everyone.


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Apr 07, 2014 20:23 |  #66

chubbyone wrote in post #16817188 (external link)
I do agree. My needs push me towards the 50. If I could afford to have the 35 and 50 I would.

I obviously have a big hole with nothing wider than 50 at this point tho, so I think using the 50 for my portrait needs (and 85) and picking up something wider for other style shots, I am better served.

Didn't mean to imply 35 and 50 is too redundant for everyone.

I agree, you'll want/need something longer than 50mm. 35mm is often wide enough for me for daily editorial and wedding work. I used to have a phase where I shot everything at 24mm, then about 4 months where everything was at 16mm. Luckily, I ridded myself of that phase and my photos became so much more dynamic and compelling with the comfortable 35mm.

I strongly suggest getting a 35mm over the 28mm or 24mm to use with your 50mm and 85mm. Once you have the 35mm, you can add a 24 later down the road when you really do need a wide lens (relatively speaking).

If you feel you won't be able to afford both in the long run, split the difference and go for the 28mm. From my experience though, 35mm is way more useful and flattering for people than 28mm and 24mm are. I've had them all and the 35mm gets used the most (with the 70-200).


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Apr 08, 2014 08:40 as a reply to  @ post 16763138 |  #67

i have the 40mm pancake on my 6D. it not only gets sharp shots but is surprisingly compact for a full frame camera. you can put it in a fanny pack (yeah, I said fanny pack), act like a geeky tourist, and get into any event with it. Sharp, low light, portable....what's not to love?


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Apr 08, 2014 08:45 |  #68

MalVeauX wrote in post #16771376 (external link)
Heya,

I'm weird. I like it wide. Really wide. Or I like it tight and far. Really tight and far.

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Apr 09, 2014 01:05 |  #69

I have to admit that I've never owned a 35mm lens, but my Canon 50mm f/1.4 is by far my most used lens. If I had to make due with only one focal length, 50mm would easily be my choice. You may point at me and accuse me of being uncreative, but when I pre-visualize photos, generally the photos are 50mm in focal length. In addition, my 50mm f/1.4 is compact, fast and very sharp. It's the one lens that I always have with me if I bring a camera at all.

Might I like a 35mm lens? Sure, it's quite possible, but I'm not sure if I'll ever buy one and find out. The two are quite close. I might be wrong, but I think I'm covered with a 50mm lens.


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Apr 10, 2014 12:06 |  #70

I'm not a big fan of the 50mm. Perhaps because I like shooting wide.




  
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Apr 10, 2014 14:23 |  #71

I like wide, love my 24 so I vote for 35.

However I also like my 50 a lot on ff, I think I like it becuase 24 and 50 go well together for my eye. I never liked 50 on crop, and am not an 85 fan, but I do not shoot portraits so......


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Apr 10, 2014 14:31 |  #72

35 for me... Perfect walkaround focal length. Not too wide, not too long.


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Apr 10, 2014 15:14 |  #73

35 is just perfect. It suits crop sensor more and on FF there are much cheaper (Canon 35/2) / sharper (Canon 35/2 IS USM) 35mm lenses than there are 50mm. Somehow i was never satisfied with any 50mm that i tried. And i can always crop the 35mm shot to get 50mm framing if needed but not vice-versa. Interestingly i use my 100mm/2.8 Macro in place of a 50mm lens - i.e. for portraits w/diffused background and love it!


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Apr 10, 2014 19:16 as a reply to  @ MEJazz's post |  #74

I like the versatility of a 35. When I review images from my RX1, I can see why the engineers chose this focal length. It is easy to compose and many times I think to myself if it were a 50, the framing would be tight. Not to mention, the RX1 also has the digital zoom feature in case I need to crop to 50. The significant advantage I see coming from a 50 is the bokeh. So, if shooting portraits that focal length would be ideal.


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Apr 10, 2014 19:32 |  #75

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I like the versatility of a 35. When I review images from my RX1, I can see why the engineers chose this focal length. It is easy to compose and many times I think to myself if it were a 50, the framing would be tight. Not to mention, the RX1 also has the digital zoom feature in case I need to crop to 50. The significant advantage I see coming from a 50 is the bokeh. So, if shooting portraits that focal length would be ideal.

this is pretty much why I stick with 50mm. The bokeh advantage is HUGE, and there's seldom a situation where I find the 50 wont work well. If I can make the 85 work as a "walk around" lens, then I would. That is a little narrow, and I just cant get it to work, while the 50 is the limit for me. Hard to take an unflattering photo with the 50.

it's my people photography lens, but these days I've been re-examining fast zooms as an acceptable replacement (or not). Bokeh and general pleasant shot @70mm F2.8 is very very good compared to the 50mm F1.2. Even at ISO 16,000, IQ is still pretty damn good. Would have no issues making mid sized prints.


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