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Hello CR crew,

I'm in the market for a nice 35mm prime, pref some thing old with a little character. I purchasea Carl Zeiss 2.4 Prakticar PB mount and unfortunately it striked the mirror on my Canon 5D Mark III. Anyone know of any nice 35mm lenses that work well on this body? Full manual is fine as I'm mostly shooting video over stills.



Well, if you're shooting mostly video, you can always pull off the lens slightly, hit Live View, and re-mount the lens fully. You'll just need to remember to do the same thing in reverse when powering it off or turning off Live View.

Mt Spokane Photography:
Older Zeiss Hasselblad lenses adapt very well a 50 or 60mm f/4 might be just the thing.  They miss the mirror by a inch or more.  They are not cheap in the USA, but not super expensive either.  If you cane use 80mm, they are the standard lens and are cheap.


80mm is 'standard' only on a MF body, and will be a short tele on the 5d. Ed will need a 35mm lens, no matter what make, as long as it can fit and have an imaging circle large enough. :)

I love the Sigma 35mm f/1.4. It is one of the best lenses. I also own the Canon 35mm f/1.4 and the Sigma is sharper, cheaper, feels better, and looks way better.

I've got a full review of the Sigma up on the site:

As well as a comparison with the Canon 35mm f/1.4:

I also tried out the new Canon 35mm f/2 IS which might be good for you since you are shooting video and it has IS. I can't say I loved the lens and it is way overpriced, but if you need IS, it may not be a bad option. I personally a fine using the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC when I need IS and going to the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 when I want more light or less DOF. But feel free to take a look at the Canon 35mm f/2 IS review:
and comparing that with the Sigma:


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