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35L or 50L?

 
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Nov 28, 2009 23:57 |  #16

sf_loft wrote in post #9097199 (external link)
I really like the 50L 1.2's focal length, but the pictures I have seen in the sample archives doesn't have the umph / pop that I see with the 35L 1.4.

Just FWIW, I wouldn't put too much stock in the archives here. They're a nice way to see what people are doing with certain lenses, but it's not very scientific, and some lenses (like the 35L) get a lot more play then others.


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Nov 30, 2009 10:49 |  #17

Thanks all for your input. I just placed an order for the 35L on BH Photo scheduled to arrive on Wed. Will take some test shots and let you all know how it goes. I have a habit of buying a new lens before a vacation and it won't be long before I take my next trip. I'll probably look into the 85L or 135L as my next purchase. I will be home for the holidays in NYC in a couple of weeks and looking forward to using the 35L as my walkabout and indoor lens. In previous years I would take my 24-70 / 16-35 and it worked fine in some situations because NYC is full of lights at night in places like times sq. The city is so beautiful during the holidays that this lens is going to be perfect without a flash.


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Nov 30, 2009 11:02 |  #18

sf_loft wrote in post #9107787 (external link)
Thanks all for your input. I just placed an order for the 35L on BH Photo scheduled to arrive on Wed. Will take some test shots and let you all know how it goes. I have a habit of buying a new lens before a vacation and it won't be long before I take my next trip. I'll probably look into the 85L or 135L as my next purchase. I will be home for the holidays in NYC in a couple of weeks and looking forward to using the 35L as my walkabout and indoor lens. In previous years I would take my 24-70 / 16-35 and it worked fine in some situations because NYC is full of lights at night in places like times sq. The city is so beautiful during the holidays that this lens is going to be perfect without a flash.

You should grab the 135 next. The bokeh of that lens is very pleasing to the eye. And you really can't go wrong with it especially if you are using an ff camera. I find the bokeh to be creamier than the 85l. The keeper rate is higher as the af is faster on the lens than compared to the 85l


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Nov 30, 2009 11:07 |  #19

Marloon wrote in post #9107855 (external link)
You should grab the 135 next. The bokeh of that lens is very pleasing to the eye. And you really can't go wrong with it especially if you are using an ff camera. I find the bokeh to be creamier than the 85l. The keeper rate is higher as the af is faster on the lens than compared to the 85l

Thanks for the suggestion, i'll have to keep that in mind.

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Nov 30, 2009 11:19 |  #20

This really comes down to personal preference...

On FF, I'd much rather have 35mm than 50mm.

My most "ideal" kit on FF is: 20, 24, 35, 85, 135 and 300mm.

But that's just me.

Sounds to me like the OP is leaning toward 35mm, too.... But, maybe you should run a focal length evaluation on the images taken with the lenses you have now. There are softwares that will look at your usage and graph it for you. Your zooms cover these focal lengths, so you should be able to get some idea what you tend to use.


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Nov 30, 2009 11:28 |  #21

sf_loft wrote in post #9107787 (external link)
Thanks all for your input. I just placed an order for the 35L on BH Photo scheduled to arrive on Wed. Will take some test shots and let you all know how it goes. I have a habit of buying a new lens before a vacation and it won't be long before I take my next trip. I'll probably look into the 85L or 135L as my next purchase. I will be home for the holidays in NYC in a couple of weeks and looking forward to using the 35L as my walkabout and indoor lens. In previous years I would take my 24-70 / 16-35 and it worked fine in some situations because NYC is full of lights at night in places like times sq. The city is so beautiful during the holidays that this lens is going to be perfect without a flash.

The 35L is a safe bet. I wanted a nice fast prime for my 5D classic as I was a photog for my friends wedding. I'll eventually purchase a 50L but I wanted no hassles with the 50L's known focus shift. Tested many 50L's and I will consider it a challenge to find a copy that has minimal focus shift.

The 135L gets a bit more specific due to its longer focal length while I find the 85 can be used indoors (a tad long) but gives decent working distance outside. If in doubt buy the cheaper 135L and see if it suites your needs. I find the 85L great for my style but I will buy a 135L for extra reach when I need it.


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Nov 30, 2009 11:46 |  #22

The 35L is fantastic lens, great choice!


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Dec 03, 2009 01:52 |  #24

Well, today it arrived and quickly slapped it onto my 5D MKII. I will have to say that this lens is a keeper and my zoom lenses will soon see less time on my camera. I was afraid of the focal length, but it's perfect for the type of pictures I take. Here are quick test shots and I can't believe how sharp the pictures are at 100% zoom. Wow is all I can say. This lens is worth every penny! Can't wait to take it outside to play around with the DOF.

All shots were taken at f/1.4 @ 100 ISO hand-held under fluorescent under counter kitchen light. No post processing except for the last where I added a little vignette. Can't believe how vibrant and sharp the colors come out.

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