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What L prime would you choose for a walk around lens?

 
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Sep 16, 2009 21:30 |  #1
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Lets say you have a FF body and you want to take out the sharpest most versatile prime for your day out. You will be shooting outdoors (landscape) on an early morning hike, an outdoor festival early on, city architecture midday, and indoor lower light stuff at a party in the evening. What L prime (or even a non-L) would you want to take?


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Sep 16, 2009 21:31 |  #2

35L.


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Sep 16, 2009 21:46 |  #3

+1 for 35L on full frame




  
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Sep 16, 2009 21:48 |  #4

Personally, the 24L on full frame :)

200 f/2.8L would be a close second :)


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Sep 16, 2009 23:04 |  #5

35L would be my choice too, for the scenarios you've listed.


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Sep 16, 2009 23:09 as a reply to  @ Mark_Cohran's post |  #6

I would go with the 35L also.




  
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Sep 16, 2009 23:09 |  #7

I use a 35L as my walk around on a crop


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Sep 16, 2009 23:09 as a reply to  @ Mark_Cohran's post |  #8

I feel the same, 35L for the situations you described.


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Sep 16, 2009 23:10 |  #9

Not owning a FF or anything, I know what FL I like and I think the 85 would be great! I love the 70-200 on my camera and I shoot at 70 often if I'm not zooming so I know the 85 would be great as it's not quite the 70 length (which can be long up close) but in between.

I guess it depends on what you're shooting walking around. buildings or people? Perhaps even the 135L then.


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Sep 16, 2009 23:11 |  #10

35L


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Sep 16, 2009 23:46 |  #11

50mm 1.4

Never been much of a fan of 35mm.


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Sep 16, 2009 23:53 |  #12

Definitely 24L

Nice in between area, not quite Super Wide, not quite Normal Wide (on full frame of course)


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Sep 16, 2009 23:54 |  #13

I see the 35L is very popular, BUT... I believe the view from a 50mm perspective is much more pleasing to the eye. I have the 50L on my 5dII FF and hardly ever take it off. If I need a wider angle, I reach for my 24L. I have owned the 35L and enjoyed it, but sold it because I hardly ever used it. I found the perspective a little "boring", and people at the edges look a little distorted. I found it was not wide enough for architecture and landscapes, and not close enough for informal portraits. The 50L is also much better in the dark, which comes in handy ALOT, because having the big 580EX speedlite at a informal social gathering is too attention grabbing. I also started out with the 50mm f/1.4, which is a wonderful lens, but compared to the L 1.2, it looks a little "flat", contrast is worse, and has much more purple fringing. On a budget, it should do you fine.

For tighter shots, I have owned the 85L, and find the 135L much more useful. I believe the 135L can produce the same quality portraits (if not better) as the 85L and I can use it for action sports as well.

To sum it up, after owning the 24L, 35L, 50L, 85L and the 135L (not to mention the 200L f/1.8 and the 300L 2.8, but those are hardly walk-around), I love the images from my 135L the best, the 50L is my jack of all trades, and the 24L is when I need to go wide.

Just to mention, this is my first post on this site. I have been lurking for a while. I have been shooting SLR's since the late 70's. I look forward to contributing my advice on this very helpful site.




  
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Sep 16, 2009 23:56 |  #14

I propose the Bizarro Trinity be coined which is made up of the 24L - 50L - 135L :cool:


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Sep 16, 2009 23:57 |  #15

another vote for the 35L. Not as wide as the 24L, not too long like the 50mm. The 35L is perfect for restaurant shots, events, and everything else in between.

the 24mm f1.4 is very nice too.


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