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Jan 28, 2008 18:23 |  #1

I know there's a big difference in field of view and personal preference, but which should I get? I'm leaning towards the 35L...
If anyone has compared both, is one faster focusing than the other? Which one in general has better corner sharpness?
I have a 5D.


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Jan 28, 2008 18:24 |  #2

I've seen both lens archives, and both have some beautiful pictures.


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Jan 28, 2008 18:25 |  #3

35L is generally claimed to have better overall sharpness. However, I would get the 24L if using a cropped body.




  
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Jan 28, 2008 18:26 |  #4

Thanks, I see. I am reading through photozone now...
So the 35L doesn't have a UD element, but the 24L does?


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Jan 28, 2008 18:33 |  #5

I got the 35L a few weeks ago, from what I shot, I love it. A 24L will be in the bag with it, in a few months. You can always rent both to see what you want, but I think you'll be pleased with the 35.



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Jan 28, 2008 18:40 as a reply to  @ monokrome's post |  #6

I just started using the 24L prime on my 5D and love it...I'm planning on going for the 35L maybe in a few months once the pocketbook recovers. Just not wild about the 72mm filter size for the 35L since almost all of my lenses are 77mm. Minor nit, but a PITA since I'm not a fan of step rings.


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Jan 28, 2008 20:41 |  #7

35L is amazing!


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Jan 28, 2008 20:47 |  #8

It's all about focal length. Yes the 35L is sharper but what does that matter if you don't like the FL?

I've never owned the 24L but I used to own a 35L and I'll be buying another this spring. I adore the lens. My 2nd favorite behind the 135L.


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Jan 28, 2008 20:47 |  #9

Indeed...


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Jan 28, 2008 21:58 |  #10

Of course when I want it, Amazon does not appear to have it in stock for 1-2 months haha.


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Jan 28, 2008 22:07 |  #11

Why would you buy this from Amazon? There are a lot of great places you can get it online that are cheaper and offer superior/as-good service.

B&H Photo
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Adorama
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Jan 28, 2008 23:04 |  #12

I have Amazon prime, so I get free 2 day. That's faster than most other places and cheaper.
And... Amazon is the cheapest place right now. Plus you can manipulate your recommendations and get 5% off extra on stuff, so I ordered one for $1057 with no tax and free 2 day shipping. That's a lot cheaper than anywhere else.

So why wouldn't I buy from Amazon?

Adorama and BH both sell it at $1119 + shipping.
Beach doesn't have it.

Please tell me somewhere that is selling a USA version for cheaper.


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Jan 28, 2008 23:21 |  #13

The 35L is a fantastic lens, really stellar in length and in image quality.


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Jan 28, 2008 23:23 as a reply to  @ danskim's post |  #14

I love both on the 5D. Hard question but if I could only have one lens it would be the 35 because I could shoot everything, if I had to, with it. Actually the 24 is sharper from 2-5.6 that the 35. The 35 is sharper wide open. But they're both killier sharp.




  
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Jan 28, 2008 23:31 |  #15

Wish I didn't live in Washington so I could get tax free gear from amazon:( I have "prime" too and it would be so nice....I'm way too impatient to use the standard shipping for free from Adorama, and usually spend the $ at B&H or Adorama on the next day shipping.
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I think overall........The 35L is THE best prime I've owned, it is just fast, sharp and very predictable....It's my top lens on a 1.3 or 1.6 crop guess I just love the 50mm range for a walkaround......and when I want the shot and it's near wide to normal range, I put it on my 5D...great on the 5D for inside the house or smaller spaces, such as a low light no flash birthday party lens. I've never used the 24L but hear similar things about it.....Depending on what other gear you own, choose on FL between these two, I think neither will dissapoint


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