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Mar 21, 2010 16:21 |  #1

Hi all,

I am just trying to expand my collection of lens with a wide angle on 5D2 that could be used a lot during my wedding coverages and I thought about the 35 f2.

I'd love to use a 35f2 in church but don't want to attract everyone's attention on me because of the AF motor sound.

Have you already used this lens and were you noticed by people or is that a common noise that no one will notice ?

Thanks in advance :D


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Mar 21, 2010 19:09 |  #2

I mostly use Canon USM lenses, but unless the room is dead silent I don't think the noise of a lens will be a big deal. If it is manually focus to about the right spot, then use AF.


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Mar 21, 2010 21:01 |  #3

35 f2 is usable, and pretty sharp, but the Bokeh is FUGLY. I used mine for about 5 weddings before I had to upgrade to the 35 f1.4 version. The 28 f1.8 is a good compromise.

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Mar 22, 2010 01:11 |  #4

PMCphotography wrote in post #9844526 (external link)
I have one and use it occasionally. I never minded the bokeh all that much. If you can afford it, the 28 1.8 or even the 28 2.8 are both good lenses as well.

28 1.8 ? Strange as reviews are really not good about it. I'll have to check it out what it gives on FF.

Indeed the fuglyness of the bokeh would matter as it won't be in pair with the 85L pictures :/

Looks like the only choice is the 35L then ... ;)


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Mar 22, 2010 01:14 |  #5

I've never used the 35L before, so I have no comment on that particular lens.

I actually prefer the look of the 28 f/2.8 better than the much more expensive 28 f/1.8, as long as the light is good.


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Mar 22, 2010 03:14 |  #6

PMCphotography wrote in post #9845191 (external link)
I've never used the 35L before, so I have no comment on that particular lens.

I actually prefer the look of the 28 f/2.8 better than the much more expensive 28 f/1.8, as long as the light is good.

I see in the review it makes as much noise as the 35/2. Have you ever had troubles shooting with it in a church during the ceremony ?


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Mar 22, 2010 03:17 |  #7

No, It's not really that noisy. I've used the 28 2.8 a bit for some "scenics" of church interiors during a long ceremony and no one even looked over. If you are really concerned about it, prefocus on a spot and use auto for fine tuning. Presumably, you wouldn't need to point it all over the place much during the ceremony.


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Mar 22, 2010 04:27 |  #8

PMCphotography wrote in post #9845512 (external link)
Presumably, you wouldn't need to point it all over the place much during the ceremony.

Well I'd love to use a lens in place of my 17-55 on the 7D that could also deliver on the 5D. That is why the 35 came into my mind and would be used quite a bit :-)


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Mar 22, 2010 04:59 |  #9

I had a 28 f1.8 for a while with my 5D and liked it just fine. It was very sharp wide open, with quick, silent focus. I sold it, though, as I didn't find I used it that much. I prefer the 35mm focal length on a FF. If you are looking for something to pair with your 85 f1.2, though, the 35 f1.4 is perfect. The 35/85 are the two sharpest lenses that Canon makes.


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Mar 22, 2010 05:13 |  #10

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If you are looking for something to pair with your 85 f1.2, though, the 35 f1.4 is perfect. The 35/85 are the two sharpest lenses that Canon makes.

Indeed, I think the 35 1.4 is the best choice. But not the cheapest and I wanted to consider the 35/2 alternative first.


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Mar 22, 2010 09:32 |  #11

not that noisy at all... just as "annoying" as the shutter sound going off.


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Mar 22, 2010 10:35 |  #12

Ok, good to know ;)

Would it then be wiser to get something like 35f2 - 100 macro and 200 2.8 instead of the 35L ? :)


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Mar 22, 2010 10:52 |  #13

alainvd wrote in post #9846960 (external link)
Ok, good to know ;)

Would it then be wiser to get something like 35f2 - 100 macro and 200 2.8 instead of the 35L ? :)

I have never shot a wedding before, only indoor events like birthdays and social meetings. My main body is the 1Ds + 24-105/4L + 580EX. My second body was the XTi (sold it) + 35/2 or 50/1.8 or 85/1.8 (sold it). The XTi is mostly for specific shots such as portraits, candid, and wide-angle group shots (with my brother's 10-22).

I will replace the XTi with a T2i. A light second body helps a lot when shooting for 6 hours straight! I might even add the super light 270EX flash too.


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Mar 22, 2010 10:52 |  #14

I know someone who hates their 28 f/1.8 because it's soft, and they use crop sensor cameras so they are not seeing the full frame edges.


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Mar 22, 2010 10:56 |  #15

alainvd wrote in post #9846960 (external link)
Ok, good to know ;)

Would it then be wiser to get something like 35f2 - 100 macro and 200 2.8 instead of the 35L ? :)

To answer your question, depends if you enjoy shooting with primes and don't mind the time spend on switching lens. The poor man's prime set is probably 35/2 + 50/1.4 + 85/1.8 + 100/2. They are all good optics.

The 100 macro might be too long for a crop body. In that case the EF-S 60mm macro is a better choice. But I'd rather choose the 85/1.8 with an extension tube for some close-ups shots (where you would have more time to set things up). The 200/2.8L is a nice cheap L prime for some great long-ranged portraits/candid. I would rather have the 135/2L since it offer better mobility indoors.


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