« on: December 27, 2012, 12:32:19 PM »
The problem is, I'm not sold on whether or not 50mm is the focal length I need. I'm wondering if either of the new 35mm lenses (Canon's f/2 IS or Sigma's f/1.4 - probably the Sigma due to the larger aperture) would be better suited to my needs.
The more I think about it, the more I think the 35mm focal length is the better solution - but this being my first child I admit I don't have much experience to go off of. Currently, I'm using my 60mm macro wide open and standing (or lying) a fair distance away. Occasionally when more versatility is needed, I'll use the 15-85 with the 430 EXII (but as I said, I'm not a fan of flash).
I'm wondering if I should reserve the 60mm macro + flash for occasional use and go with either of the 35mm's for majority use.
Is anyone with a similar shooting situation able to chime in and help me out? If you recommend a 50mm, is the f/1.4 worth the extra $210 over the f/1.8?
Heck, maybe even the 35 f/2 non-IS is the way to go since the major criticism I've read is that it falls apart at the corners and since I'm on APS-C, that might not matter as much. Any thoughts there?
I have tried both the 50 1.8 and the 1.4, and hands down the 1.4 is a better lens. Just the build quality alone is worth the extra $200. Now that being said, I didn't fall in love with the focal length until I got it on my 5DIII. On my 7D, the pictures were good, but I always felt that it had too much reach on the APS-C sensor. I ended up purchasing the 24 1.4L and was much happier with the shorter focal length. If I were doing a lot of portrait work, I might feel differently, but for casual shooting 50mm x 1.6 was too long. (This seems consistent with your comment regarding the distance you need to be using your 60mm.) Regarding the 35 f/2 non-IS, I don't think you need IS in this lens. For what you're talking about, you're most often going to want to shoot wide open in order to get a nice bokeh. That's going to keep the shutter speed up, which shouldn't require IS as well. I haven't read the reviews on the 35 (it's not a lens I'm pursuing given the 24 and 50 I already have), but I believe you are correct that on an APS-C body, anything happening on the fringes should not be visible as it will be cropped out. Hope this helps - anyone feel free to jump in here if my logic is incorrect.