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Prime Lens for 6D
« on: January 02, 2013, 04:48:21 PM »
Hi Guys,

I just got my first full frame camera for Christmas, a 6D.  I am so excited and I am starting to look into buying a new lens for it.  I currently have a 24-105 f/4L, which is an awesome lens I use everyday, along with an older 17-85 f/4-5.6 I had before I got the L lens.  My next lenses down the road will be the new 24-70 and 70-200, but I don't want to spend 2000+ right now!

I am starting to look into getting my first prime lens and I am having a hard time making a decision.  My friend has a 35 mm f/1.4L lens, which I found quite amazing, though I didn't use it for long.  I also am looking into a 50 mm f/1.4.  I know these lenses have huge price differences, and I am also concerned about the looming update for the 35 mm lens.  My main question is, what do you guys find the best focal length for an everyday prime lens?  I feel kind of restricted at 50 mm, but I wonder if 35 mm is too wide for an everyday walk-around lens.

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Re: Prime Lens for 6D
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2013, 05:00:30 PM »
Have you tried the 50mm on your 6D, mine feels very usuable now compared to on my previous crop camera.  Alternatively, you could try a cheap and cheerful. f2 35mm or the 40mm pancake ?
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Re: Prime Lens for 6D
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2013, 05:12:00 PM »
Have you tried the 50mm on your 6D, mine feels very usuable now compared to on my previous crop camera.  Alternatively, you could try a cheap and cheerful. f2 35mm or the 40mm pancake ?

I haven't tried a 50 yet, but I plan on trying one soon.  I had thought about the 40 mm; it's so small I could carry it in my pocket when shooting!

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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2013, 05:16:58 PM »
I love the 40mm pancake on FF. And it's mad cheap!
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2013, 05:37:50 PM »
I have bought a 6D and my prime lens will be the Voigtländer 40 2.0 . A beautiful pancace lens, build in metal and with  manual focusing. So I don't care about bad focusing points. It will be a pleasure to use it. 

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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2013, 05:41:57 PM »
Have you tried the 50mm on your 6D, mine feels very usuable now compared to on my previous crop camera.

I strongly second this.  My 50mm f1.4 never got a ton of use on my 7D because I only really wanted it in dim lighting, generally indoors, but indoors on a crop sensor it always felt cramped.  Moving to the 5D3 has totally revitalized that lens for me.  Beautiful wide aperture, and a field of view that is workable indoors.
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2013, 06:02:47 PM »
Ditto on the 40mm/2.8 pancake and the 50mm/1.4.  However, my first prime way back was the 28mm/1.8 USM and I still like using that lens on both crop and FF.  It's a great lens you should also consider.  All of these lenses are in the same sub $500 price range, esp if you buy one used.
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2013, 06:20:02 PM »
Now I am leaning towards the 50 mm f/1.4!  I will definitely try to test one out before I decide. 

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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2013, 06:21:18 PM »
The pancake is an excellent suggestion. If you need faster, than the EF50 f/1.4 or the new sigma 35 f/1.4 DG would serve you well. All three are great lenses, though the sigma is my favorite.

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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2013, 06:29:11 PM »
buy the 35mm f2.0 and the 50mm f1.8 - great prime lenses with minimal expense.

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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2013, 07:04:41 PM »
Hi Guys,

I just got my first full frame camera for Christmas, a 6D.  I am so excited and I am starting to look into buying a new lens for it.  I currently have a 24-105 f/4L, which is an awesome lens I use everyday, along with an older 17-85 f/4-5.6 I had before I got the L lens.  My next lenses down the road will be the new 24-70 and 70-200, but I don't want to spend 2000+ right now!

I am starting to look into getting my first prime lens and I am having a hard time making a decision.  My friend has a 35 mm f/1.4L lens, which I found quite amazing, though I didn't use it for long.  I also am looking into a 50 mm f/1.4.  I know these lenses have huge price differences, and I am also concerned about the looming update for the 35 mm lens.  My main question is, what do you guys find the best focal length for an everyday prime lens?  I feel kind of restricted at 50 mm, but I wonder if 35 mm is too wide for an everyday walk-around lens.

Wouldn't it be more useful to find out what's best for you?  You already have 35 and 50 (and 24 and 85 and 40) on your 24-105, so why not set it at the various prime lengths that occur on your 24-105 and see which ones suit most? (It's not quite the same as using a prime, but it's better than reading about them.)  Or try something different - since the 24-105 is actually rather good (and very versatile; an ideal everyday walkaround lens, frankly), you might want to consider a prime outside that range such as the amazing 135L.

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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2013, 07:17:24 PM »
Save your $ and go for an original 70-200 IS f/2.8L or the 70-200 f/4l.  Great new and used copies are still available. 
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2013, 07:22:13 PM »
buy the 35mm f2.0 and the 50mm f1.8 - great prime lenses with minimal expense.

I would strongly suggest against the 35 f/2 on a FF body. 

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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2013, 07:27:21 PM »
Save your $ and go for an original 70-200 IS f/2.8L or the 70-200 f/4l.  Great new and used copies are still available.

I plan on buying the new 70-200 down the road, but I really think I would get more use out of a prime right now.  I have used the 70-200 f/2.8L and I most definitely see the value in it.

buy the 35mm f2.0 and the 50mm f1.8 - great prime lenses with minimal expense.

I would strongly suggest against the 35 f/2 on a FF body. 

Are you against the lens itself or the focal length on a FF body?

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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2013, 07:32:47 PM »
I'm against the lens itself, on a FF body.  It works well on crop sensor, but the edges are way too soft, beginning rather earlier toward the center than I would normally like.  If you use it, you'll want to crop a bit, or just get a 28 and 50 prime.
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