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35mm f/2 IS USM vs. 18-135mm IS STM

 
Jeff ­ USN ­ Photog ­ 72-76
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Aug 14, 2018 08:57 |  #1

We had tax free day here last Saturday and I picked up a 18-400 Tamron as a walkabout zoom for when I am out with the wife and don't want to carry a camera bag and extra lenses.
At the same time a Canon 35mm F/2 called my name and forced me to take it home with me.

Now I am wondering and agonizing that since it has a 30 day return privilege should I keep it for walking around when I don't want my 18-400 say in the evening when it is getting darker or cloudy days, or at society meetings where I might be mingling and want to take candid pictures.

the other lens that I have been using for this is the 18-135 STM. I grew up shooting with a 50mm lens especially since the zooms back in the day (60's & 70's) weren't that good. but since I have had my digital camera's starting the original Rebel I have used the 18-55 or now the 18-135.

The 18-135 is 3.5-5.6 and the 35 is f/2 but I usually just boost the ISO (ASA) on my 80D, get good results up to 2000 ISO

I will do some walk about and try it, but it seems like I might miss some shots that you can compose with a zoom.

What are peoples thoughts?


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Aug 14, 2018 10:10 |  #2

Oh drat,
I was mentioning my "delima" to my middle son and he said, "Dad I Have your 35mm f/2 in MY camera bag"

He has had it so long I forgot I had it! He has several of my lenses and my previous cameras, which is fine as he takes very good care of them, but I need to write down what he has.


Current stable Canon 6D Mark II, 80D both with vertical grips, 10-20 EF-IS 35 f2 EF IS
18-135 EF IS 55-250 EF IS STM 100 EF "L" Macro IS 100-400 EF "L" IS ii, 70-200 EF L f/2.8 and more
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Aug 14, 2018 10:12 |  #3

I have both the 18-135 STM and the 18-135 USM, the former lives on my Rebel T3i and the latter is my general purpose for my 7D. I love those lenses, use them for general purpose as well as sports like cross country and sometimes track & field




  
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Aug 17, 2018 21:57 |  #4

Jeff USN Photog 72-76 wrote in post #18683960 (external link)
We had tax free day here last Saturday and I picked up a 18-400 Tamron as a walkabout zoom for when I am out with the wife and don't want to carry a camera bag and extra lenses.
At the same time a Canon 35mm F/2 called my name and forced me to take it home with me.

Now I am wondering and agonizing that since it has a 30 day return privilege should I keep it for walking around when I don't want my 18-400 say in the evening when it is getting darker or cloudy days, or at society meetings where I might be mingling and want to take candid pictures.

the other lens that I have been using for this is the 18-135 STM. I grew up shooting with a 50mm lens especially since the zooms back in the day (60's & 70's) weren't that good. but since I have had my digital camera's starting the original Rebel I have used the 18-55 or now the 18-135.

The 18-135 is 3.5-5.6 and the 35 is f/2 but I usually just boost the ISO (ASA) on my 80D, get good results up to 2000 ISO

I will do some walk about and try it, but it seems like I might miss some shots that you can compose with a zoom.

What are peoples thoughts?

The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is on my 7D Mark II at least 50% of the time, but I shoot indoors without flash and in low light situations a significant amount of the time. When I'm out and about in good light I generally have my EFs 15-85mm mounted. Shooting with an 18-135 at ISO 2000 is not that same as shooting with a fast aperture lens like the 35mm f/2 IS. First this lens is much sharper across the image, second it lets in much more light at low ISO's, not to mention at high ISO's, and third it also allows for more control of depth of field and a greater amount of background blur. Whether the 35mm focal length will work for you is a personal decision, but it works for me.


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Aug 17, 2018 22:00 |  #5

Jeff USN Photog 72-76 wrote in post #18683988 (external link)
Oh drat,
I was mentioning my "delima" to my middle son and he said, "Dad I Have your 35mm f/2 in MY camera bag"

He has had it so long I forgot I had it! He has several of my lenses and my previous cameras, which is fine as he takes very good care of them, but I need to write down what he has.

Does he have the older EF 35mm f/2 or the newer 35mm f/2 IS USM? They are very different animals.


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Canon 7D2, 60D, T3i, T2i, Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, 30 f/1.4. Canon EF 70-200 L f/4 IS, EF 35 f/2 IS, EFs 10-18 STM, EFs 15-85, EFs 18-200, EF 50 f/1.8 STM, Tamron 18-270 PZD, B+W MRC CPL, Canon 320EX, Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT & SBH 250 head. RODE Stereo Videomic Pro, DXO PhotoLab, Elements 15

  
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