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Re: If you could buy one ...
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2012, 10:12:50 AM »
If I could pick really only one then I'd go for the 50L - if alternatives are allowed I might opt for the Zeiss 50 1.4 instead.

I'm getting ready to hock my ZE Planar 50mm f/1.4 on either the Makro-Planar 50 or the Distagon 28 f/2.  It's definitely not doing the "Zeiss thing" for me at fast apertures like my old C/Y 50mm Planar did (why, oh why did I sell that one?  Well, good adapters weren't readily available at the time like they are now...).
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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2012, 10:45:11 AM »
If you could buy only one, which would you choose?

24-70mm f/2.8 L
35mm f/1.4 L
50mm f/1.2 L

Presumed use -- wide variety, including portrait, landscape, interior, and even a little basketball (close-to-basket lens)

When making a buying decision, there are three main factors to consider:

  • What you want to shoot
  • What camera/lenses you already have
  • Budget

You provided details on the first (which is more than many people asking similar questions), and the third is not a factor here since all three lenses fall in the same cost range.

But a bit of info on your current gear would help.  For example, if you have a 24-105mm f/4L IS already, I'd opt for one of the primes.  If you're shooting APS-C, I'd get the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS over any of those you list above, unless you already have one.  Etc.
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Re: If you could buy one ...
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2012, 11:25:16 AM »
hehe I actually just went through a similiar thought exercise for my 550d.

I ended up getting the 35 1.4L (though in all honesty the f2 is very close in optical quality) and 50 1.4L

As it is, the 35mm is on my camera all the time now.  I only bring out the 50 when i'm in larger rooms, or when i'm too lazy to carry the weight of the 35L
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Re: If you could buy one ...
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2012, 05:18:52 PM »
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Re: If you could buy one ...
« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2012, 05:34:37 PM »
My vote goes for 24-70 as well. Its just too useful for what it can do.
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Re: If you could buy one ...
« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2012, 05:54:04 PM »
You didn't include the Nikon 12-24  :'(
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Re: If you could buy one ...
« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2012, 06:40:55 PM »
I own 2 out of the 3
24-70 L 2.8
35L 1.4
50 1.4 (although looking to upgrade to L 1.2)
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They are all very good lenses, but serve vastly different purposes.
For walking around 24-70 is the best in my opinion.  You can make it work in indoor sports; I took some HS basketball shots (HS gym) and it was fine.  I am assuming you have the technique.
35 L 1.4 is fantastic for very low light indoors; last weekend I took shots of a band in a bar.  Great Great Great.  This lens is a bit short for outdoor shooting in my opinion; I find myself walking up to things much more than I would like.  When shooting street scene, I prefer to keep a distance.
50 1.4 is great for night street scene shooting; it's just too long for indoor shooting such as parties in a house.

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« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2012, 06:47:58 PM »
Of the 3 lenses for the OP's stated use "wide variety, including portrait, landscape, interior, and even a little basketball" I would recommend the 24-70L as providing enough to satisfy those needs more than the other two lenses. Having said that, I just sold my 24-70L because I tend to use the 24-105L IS more because of the IS. If Canon comes out with a 24-70L II with IS, internal focus and as sharp as the 70-200f/2.8L II IS I would buy it in a heart beat.

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Re: If you could buy one ...
« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2012, 07:57:11 PM »
out of those choices for me it would be the 50 f1.2L for sure, I'm not a fan of the 24-70
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Re: If you could buy one ...
« Reply #24 on: February 02, 2012, 04:13:15 AM »
all depends what you are shooting, but the 24-70 purely for versatility...  do you really need f1.4?

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Re: If you could buy one ...
« Reply #24 on: February 02, 2012, 04:13:15 AM »