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Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:29:36 PM »
Hi all.

Ive got a 60D with the new STM 18-135 lens.

Im looking for a prime lens. I cant spend a ton of money at this point as id still consider myself an amateur but I want to have something in this range to work with. I would consider upgrading later on if I find that I've outgrown my equipment. Im not looking for an expensive lens for right now.

Thoughts on which lens is better for me?

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Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:29:36 PM »

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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 06:32:03 PM »
I wouldn't mess with the 35/2 but there are folks here that like it.  Personally I find it's too expensive for what it offers.  You'll find a lot of threads here from folks asking about alternatives like the 30mm sigma.  There are a lot of other EF-mount 35mm lenses around as well.  Ever since APS-C cameras showed up folks have been looking at that 35 f/2 & wondering if/when Canon will deliver a proper modern "standard" focal length lens for APS-C.  The closest they've come so far is probably the new 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake.

I'd say your choice should be between the 50 f/1.8 and the 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake.  If you shoot a lot of video then the STM may be worth the extra hundred bucks for you vs. the 50 (though I don't know if the 60D can take advantage of the STM).  It's certainly better built & the AF is better, plus it's smaller.  Apparently it's amazingly sharp.

But don't knock the little 50.  It's extremely light, decently sharp when stopped down a bit, and cheap as chips.

Another extremely fine lens that won't break the bank is the 85mm f/1.8 USM.  The AF speed is in the same ballpark as my 135L and the IQ is pretty close to L territory from f/2.8 and on.  Think of it as a "baby L" & you get the picture.  Basically every Canon telephoto prime from 85mm on up pretty much rocks, which is why a lot of us are here in the first place :-).

If you've got the cash, I'd say get the 40 (wider, sharper) or 50 (cheaper, more luminous) AND the 85.  Maybe take one now & save up for the other.

Good luck :-).

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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2012, 10:05:15 PM »
If you don't mind shooting manually (seeing that you have an articulating screen) consider getting the Rokinon 35mm f/1.4. It's a fully manual lens that has the aperture control on the lens itself. People have compared the Rokinon's IQ to the Canon 35mm f/1.4L Then again, the manual control might turn you off.

The Canon 50mm f/1.8 is a great lens. Don't pass up an opportunity to get it. If you can, get the mk1 metal version of the lens. You might be worried about the focal length because it becomes really long on a crop camera. But for portraits, it's a bargain.

Here's some recommendations:
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Canon 40mm f/2.0
Rokinon 35mm f/1.4
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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2012, 10:41:23 PM »
I'd suggest the 40mm f/2.8 too. It's cheap and incredibly sharp wide open. I actually sold my 50mm 1.8 and 35mm f/2 after I bought the 40mm. I like that it's focal length sits in between those other 2 lenses- for me it took the place of both of them without taking up any space in my camera bag!
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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2012, 11:17:27 PM »
I'll voice a vote for the Sigma 30mm 1.4.  Lovely lens that handles well.  The shallow DOF is great, and the 30mm is the closest you can get on the 60D (which I also have) to the classic 50mm perspective.

I also have the Canon 50mm 1.8.  Good to have for portraits, but otherwise I never use it.  The AF is pretty poor and the perspective is far too tight for everyday use. 

What do you want to use the prime for?  If it is for an everyday, walk-around lens, I'd aim for a lens between 28mm and 40mm.  If you're looking for shallow DOF or low light performance, get a f/1.8 lens or faster.  If you want something that'll force you to be creative, grab the Canon nifty fifty and play around with portraits and a tighter perspective. 

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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2012, 11:39:32 PM »
I have both the 50mm f/1.8 and 35 mm f/2 as well as the Sigma 30mm f1.4. I find myself using the 35 way more than the 50 since my camera has a crop sensor, as does your 60D, and 50mm becomes too zoomed in for most situations I'm in. I use the Sigma 30 for shooting in very low light environments, but if light is not an issue I prefer to use the 35 as it's lighter, more compact and I really like the image quality. The Sigma has a lot of chromatic aberration, IMO. Another plus of the 35 over the 50 is it can focus on a subject from as close as 8 inches away. The auto focus on the 35 is very noisy, but since I use it mainly in manual mode this is not much of an issue for me.

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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2012, 11:59:16 PM »
50mm 1.4, that is the way to go. Cheap but not to cheap like the 50mm 1.8. Much better max aperture setting then the 35mm 2.0.
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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2012, 12:04:23 AM »
EF 28 f/1.8

Reasonably sharp and a better fit to match a normal lens on the crop body. Has better autofocus than the 50 or 35 too.

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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2012, 12:45:46 AM »
For 60D, I pick 35mm.
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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2012, 02:21:21 AM »
I have both, and the 35/2 gets used a lot more.  50mm on a crop is a bit long for a fixed walk-around lens, and it's too short for a telephoto.  The 50mm (and my 85/1.8) are really only used in my rare portrait shoots.  I can put the 35mm on my Rebel, set it to monochrome (still raw, of course) and pretend I'm a teenager with a TLb full of Tri-X again.

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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2012, 07:47:43 AM »
I'd suggest the 50 1.8 - it's cheap and excellent value for money as a first prime lens. Loud, clunking AF doesn't bother me - it is what it is.

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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2012, 08:28:44 AM »
The 50 1.8 is a great lens.  However, it is really a portrait lens on a crop body (~80mm equivalent).  If you're good with that, its definitely the one for you.  Too tight for most indoors work though.  I like the 40mm pancake as well.  It does pretty good as a normal equivalent (~64mm), is sharp and has cleaner OOF highlights than the 50 1.8.    Not to mention it is TINY. 

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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2012, 08:34:58 AM »
Hi all.

Ive got a 60D with the new STM 18-135 lens.

Im looking for a prime lens. I cant spend a ton of money at this point as id still consider myself an amateur but I want to have something in this range to work with. I would consider upgrading later on if I find that I've outgrown my equipment. Im not looking for an expensive lens for right now.

Thoughts on which lens is better for me?

thanks team!

You need to figure out your sweet spots . . . how many photos do you have with the STM?  The best thing to do is figure out where most  of your shots have been in the range of the zoom you have and choose those.  If you're always shooting at one end or the other, you may need something you don't already have for range.
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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2012, 09:48:05 AM »
If you ever plan on manually focusing the 50mm(like landscape or night stuff via live view) I'd get some other 50mm and not the F1.8.  The focus ring on the 50mm is really flimsy and not a "real" one.  I focus it that way all the time for night stuff and just letting go of it the focus moves.  Then even the shutter slapping can move it and especially if you bump or have to move the tripod.  I still haven't replaced mine and every time something comes along and I have to use it(everything I do is manual focus basically) I am quickly kicking myself for not having a better version with a real focus ring. 

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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2012, 09:53:02 AM »
40mm f/2.8 STM is your best choice if you can deal with f/2.8 vs. f/1.8 or f/2... About one stop difference. The pancake is the best choice. Awesome little lens.

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Re: Which to get: 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2?
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