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What is your most used/favorite Prime Lens?

 
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Jul 05, 2017 20:51 |  #16

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Wow, when I saw all the 35mm IS, I was wondering why am I not seeing the "L" version 35mm? It's faster, more expensive. Is the non-L IS better?

The 35 L ii is sharper and faster, it's also three times the price, twice the weight, and doesn't have IS. The IS is sharper than the 35L i. Frankly, the 35 f/2 IS is a great piece of glass at a very affordable price in comparison to most L primes. Would I trade my IS for an 35L ii? Of course! Would I trade it and a 1000$, no way. Also, depending on what you shoot, the IS can be incredibly useful and effectively makes it much faster than the 35L.




  
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Jul 05, 2017 20:57 |  #17
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I really enjoy my 35 IS. My next wider lens is the 28 1.8, which is much better than its reputation. I'm happy with the 35IS and have no interest in a big, heavy, non-IS 35LII. But I'd trade my 28 1.8 for a 24L II in a minute. Come to think of it, ditto the 85 1.8 vs the 85L II.




  
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Jul 05, 2017 21:01 as a reply to  @ post 18394967 |  #18

I would say that "better" is a personal/subjective thing with lenses. For me, the fact that the 35IS is smaller, lighter and cheaper than the 35L while still maintaining excellent IQ made it a much better choice. The size/weight means I carry my camera often. The IS allows me to use a slower shutter if needed, which balances out the extra f stop for me ( because I'm certainly not looking for bokeh anyway with a 35...that's what my 100L and 70-200 are for). While researching before my purchase, this seemed to be the general sentiments many who love the 35IS had about the situation.




  
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Jul 05, 2017 21:21 |  #19

The beauty of having the 24L II is if I put it on my 7D2 it becomes ( sort of ) a 35 2.0


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Jul 05, 2017 23:10 |  #20

I'm normally a zoom user, but I love my EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. if I'm going somewhere that I will be mainly using a tele, like a zoo or an air show, it takes up very little space in my bag and I'm ready for shots that might want a more "normal" focal length. That way I can keep it small and light and leave my normal Sigma 17-70 at home. For hikes in places where there may be interesting bugs, adding a 12mm extension tube gives me near-macro capability at 0.77x.

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Jul 05, 2017 23:23 |  #21

135 F2 followed closely by the 35 Art.


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Jul 06, 2017 00:15 |  #22

For those that mention the 135L, it's a great lens, but the 135 art is a clear leap ahead. It feels as sharp wide open 1.8 as the L stopped down to f4.... Color and contrast more on the mark.


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Jul 06, 2017 00:17 |  #23

85/1.2ii and 400/2.8is for mostly everything


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Jul 06, 2017 04:51 |  #24

Only one prime ?
35mm, without any doubt.


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Jul 06, 2017 04:58 |  #25

vengence wrote in post #18395004 (external link)
Also, depending on what you shoot, the IS can be incredibly useful and effectively makes it much faster than the 35L.

Yes... if what you shoot is still.


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Jul 06, 2017 05:23 |  #26

Roxie2401 wrote in post #18394967 (external link)
Wow, when I saw all the 35mm IS, I was wondering why am I not seeing the "L" version 35mm? It's faster, more expensive. Is the non-L IS better?

"Better"? No, not except for stationary subjects in extremely low light. What it is, however, is still mighty fast for an affordable prime, with modern IS, fast AF, and excellent image quality. And fairly light and compact. All that at a price that a lot of enthusiasts can afford to have for wide-normal prime usage, while the 35Lii is either out of reach or much harder to justify.


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Jul 06, 2017 05:37 |  #27

Almost everyday I use 400/2.8L IS, so that is my most used lens.
For a walk if the weight is an issue I take 50STM+5dIII without grip, but usually I take 35LII or 35LII+135L.


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Jul 06, 2017 09:11 |  #28

I use the 35F2IS more than my other primes. I prefer primes, and this lens is very versatile and sharp. The AF is as good as it gets. If I know that I am going to an event and may need low light capability, this is the lens that I take. If I expect to be in a cramped space, this works great. If I want a narrower view, the I use a longer focal length, but this depends on circumstances.




  
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Jul 06, 2017 09:14 |  #29

Wow! I'm even happier about my recent 35F2 IS purchase after seeing all the responses here.




  
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Jul 06, 2017 16:14 |  #30

Charlie wrote in post #18395104 (external link)
For those that mention the 135L, it's a great lens, but the 135 art is a clear leap ahead. It feels as sharp wide open 1.8 as the L stopped down to f4.... Color and contrast more on the mark.


But my 135L has been with me since 2004, cost me a lot less, and does what I need it to. I have no desire to even look at a replacement/upgrade. Maybe if it ever dies (although it survived a dunk in the pacific ocean)


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