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35mm f/1.4 vs. - 50mm f/1.4 vs - 85mm f/1.8

 
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Apr 30, 2008 17:49 |  #1

I'm considering purchasing only a lens from list:
- 35mm f/1,4 L USM
- 50mm f/1,4 USM
- 85mm f/1.8 USM
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Which one, you recommend and why ?

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Apr 30, 2008 17:53 |  #2

I'd take the 35 1.4, but that's cause I shoot wider.

Ps. You probably mean 85 1.2 not 1.4 as well.




  
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Apr 30, 2008 18:15 |  #3

On a 40D, defenitely 35mm.



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Apr 30, 2008 18:24 |  #4

i vote 35 too, the rest are useless to me on a crop body....but on my 5D, thats a different story!!




  
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Apr 30, 2008 18:26 |  #5

Hard choice, I'd probably go with the 35L but if your talking about the 85 f/1.2 I could be tempted.




  
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Apr 30, 2008 18:29 as a reply to  @ kaitanium's post |  #6

From those 3 I'd go for 35

I've just replaced my 50mm 1.4 with the Sigma 30mm 1.4

...so much better for indoors and its just as sharp.

The 50 is great for portraits tho. (I guess the 85 would be even better if you have a big enough room)


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Apr 30, 2008 18:31 |  #7

MarkTH, what is the meaning of the reference in your signature to the 35? Did you lose money attempting to purchase one? Canon 35mm f/1.4 L - lost my money..... seller.... |


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Apr 30, 2008 18:34 |  #8

I tend to like and use the 35L the most out of that list. Interestingly I like it very well on the 5D but also quite a bit on the 1.6X bodies. And yet, I find I do not use the 50/1.4 so much on the 5D. Go figure.

After the 35L my second choice is 85mm. The 85/1.8 is fine really, the 85L is simply decadence.


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Apr 30, 2008 19:33 |  #9

wat do you mean by lost my money..... seller.... ?? if money is something you dont have, you can always look at the sigma 30 f1.4. from what i see, i think the 30 would be a good choice for you.. espeically for indoor


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Apr 30, 2008 19:52 |  #10

Based on what you have now which focal length would do you the most good? You should know your needs better than anyone else.




  
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Apr 30, 2008 19:55 |  #11

I'd get the 85L just out of principle, but the 35L is probably the best choice.

You could of course, get the Sigma 30 1.4, 50 1.4, and 85 1.8 for less than the cost of the 35L itself ;).


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Apr 30, 2008 19:57 |  #12

I own the 50 f1.4 and rented the 35 f1.4 for a vacation and was blown away.....it gets my vote


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Apr 30, 2008 20:30 |  #13

I'd say 28 F/1.8 or 30 1.4, 50 1.4, and 85 1.8 and call it a day.



  
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Apr 30, 2008 20:44 |  #14

I had the 85L and sold it. I miss it from time to time but I don't think I'll buy another.
I also had the 50mm f/1.4 and sold it. Now I'm waiting for a good deal on the 35L to pop up on here or on FredMiranda.


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Apr 30, 2008 21:04 |  #15

Picking up my 35mm 1.4 tomorrow - I'll give you my initial impressions with it ;)

I had the 50mm 1.4. Was my favourite lens for a long while, but I see no point in keeping it after purchasing the 35mm 1.4. I do miss it very much however. But I'm sure that feeling will disappear once I mount the 35mm 1.4 onto my camera.

I have the 85mm 1.8, and it is my favourite portraiture lens outdoors.

I'm currently contemplating the split trinity: 35mm 1.4 / 85m 1.8 / 135mm 2.0 L :)



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