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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


Hi guys. I'm new to the forum and looking forward to mucking into some of the threads.

I know the above question will most likely have been discussed to death so for that I apologise. However, we all have different existing gear/setups and all have different shooting styles and requirements so this question is perhaps infinitely variable. I also realise that at the end of the day it is a matter of opinion and there will be many different answers but I am interested in all of your views and welcome them all.

So, my current gear is a D7000 with a 70-200mm f2.8 vr2, 85mm f1.4G (Love this lens!!), 14-24mm f2.8 (just bought this), 35mm f1.8, and 16-85mm f3.5/5.6.

I have held off from buying a D700 as I am planning to buy its replacement (D800?) when it finally arrives, and instead am choosing to put the money towards good glass as I believe this is a more sensible investment than a D700 which is already 3 years old.

When I do get a D800 I will keep the D7000 to expand on my lens flexibility.

So, the question..... Do I go for the 24mm f1.4 or the 35mm f1.4? If you were in my shoes which would you buy first (maybe oneday I will be able to afford the other one, but it's only one for now).



Nov 25, 2011 at 09:13 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


24/1.4.

It is the perfect 35 on a crop sensor.

It would be the perfect UWA on FX when you'll not want to carry 14-24 or when you'll need filters.



Nov 25, 2011 at 09:53 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


Honestly I think both of these very pricey primes are a waste on DX. You already have the awesome 35/1.8 so what is the 35/1.4 going to get you besides more weight? And the 24/1.4 is somewhat faster than your 14-24 but still quite large and heavy for an effective 35mm lens. I would save my money for the D800 cause it won't be cheap.


Nov 25, 2011 at 09:57 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


Mishu01 wrote:
24/1.4.

It is the perfect 35 on a crop sensor.

It would be the perfect UWA on FX when you'll not want to carry 14-24 or when you'll need filters.


A sensible approach I suppose. This would certainly enhance the useability of the lens.

On the other hand though, if I sold the 35mm f1.8 and got the 35 f1.4 this would make a true 35mm on the fx and a 52mm on the dx, and the 14-24 would make the perfect UWA for fx and would give me 21-36mm on the dx.

I think your idea is sensible though as it would give me an alternative when I didn't want to carry the 14-24 or wanted to use my filters.



Nov 25, 2011 at 10:08 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


soupcxan wrote:
Honestly I think both of these very pricey primes are a waste on DX. You already have the awesome 35/1.8 so what is the 35/1.4 going to get you besides more weight? And the 24/1.4 is somewhat faster than your 14-24 but still quite large and heavy for an effective 35mm lens. I would save my money for the D800 cause it won't be cheap.


Fair points. If I went for the 35 f1.4 I would sell the f1.8 as the f1.4 could be used on both fx and dx.

I'm thinking the 24 f1.4 is more sensible for now on the basis I have the 35 f1.8 which is indeed a great little lens and very very portable.



Nov 25, 2011 at 10:12 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


I have and love 14-24 but I must confess that I rarely take it with me. Special when I travel with an FX kit I hate big loads and my kit consists in D700, 24/1.4, 85/1.4 and 180/2.8. Usually I add a little MF lens, just for fun, like 35/2 AI-S, 45/2.8 AI-P or 50/1.2 AI-S and this is all I need. Big glass stays home and leave it only for specific projects.

From a different point of view... I consider 24/1.4 to be a more creative lens. I do not say that 35/1.4 is not a good lens... I tested it and one day I may purchase it. But 24 is a beast. From all Nikkors I have (and I have a lot) it is my preferred lens. This could change only if I'll buy 200/2 but I do not think this will happen unless I'll win at lottery. Since I never get involved in lottery, there is no chance for that



Nov 25, 2011 at 10:25 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


Am defintely leaning towards the 24 f1.4 as I was considering this when I bought the 14-24. I tried it briefly in the store too but haven't tried the 35 yet.
For wedding or other event stuff I could imagine having the 24 f1.4 mounted on the D7k and the 85 f1.4 on the D800 (or whatever fx I get) a good combo to work with.



Nov 25, 2011 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


I do not shoot weddings... but several months ago I had one in the family... so I decided to take the action. Since I wanted to not loose the pleasure of participation I did not wanted to take much gear with me. So, after developing lots of possible scenarios in the last moment I decided to have D700 + 24/1.4 and D300 + 24-70/2.8 + SB700. It was an unbelievable good combo. The event involved inside and outside parts, day and night, natural and artificial light. My gear was very flexible and versatile and I was very happy with the final results.

I usually shoot corporate events... where timing is not so critical as in weddings, and there I am more relaxed with something like 24/1.4, 35/2 and 85/1.4... and sometimes I add 14-24 in very large halls, or 180/2.8 when I need reach. But the combo 24 - 85 on a pair DX - FX is very powerful.



Nov 25, 2011 at 10:52 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


The 24 seems to be the sensible choice.
It offers an amazing perspective (I love the background blur when shooting wide and wide open), and it would turn into an excellent 35F2 on the D7000.
Although, be aware: its focusing is quirky.
It really loves to be shot on a high level body like a D700/D3, as it confuses the autofocus and can return much less than acceptable results.
I have read that on a D7000 you can be borderline (or downright not reliable).

I own both the 24 & 35, on D700; the 35 is mesmerizing.
But I eventually end up shooting almost always with the 24: 24@1.4/1.8 on FX is something to be seen

Good luck!
Lory



Nov 26, 2011 at 12:09 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


ilnonno wrote:
24@1.4/1.8 on FX is something to be seen

couldnt have said it better. the 24 just inspires more creativity out of me. you get real close. you try different angles. after shooting with the 24, i sometimes feel like i just finished a yoga class, due to all the angles and positions i find myself in, trying to get just the right shot. and when you nail it, i truly believes it renders like no other lens can. subject isolation immersed a field of view wide enough to really give context and story.

this lens along with the 70-200 are my two most used lenses, and for such different reasons. the 70-200 is so versatile and dependable. the 24/1.4 is so unique and inspiring.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


I think you guys have convinced me of what I already knew in my heart anyway.

Had a shoot this morning of a friends 1 year old baby. Got all the usual shots with the 85 f1.4 and the 35 f1.8 and then thought I'd strap the 14-24 f2.8 on just for fun. Left her at 14mm (21mm effective on the D7K) and the shots blew me away. Was so much fun and such a unique perspective. I thought the shoot was over at the point when I put that lens on but it had only just started. The images were awesome so I can only imagine the 24 f1.4 on a D700 must be epic.

Your comments and the shoot this morning have made the decision easy. I will have to come back for the 35 f1.4 after I have picked up a D800, if it ever gets released.

I realise the floods and earthquakes have caused massive issues but I wonder how much of it is Nikon, Canon, and Sony playing it out to boost demand and boost list prices??



Nov 26, 2011 at 12:45 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


ct8282 wrote:
I realise the floods and earthquakes have caused massive issues but I wonder how much of it is Nikon, Canon, and Sony playing it out to boost demand and boost list prices??


Have you seen the photos of the flooded industrial park? There's no playing going on there, just massive losses.

It's in Nikon's best interest to release the D800 or any other new products ASAP, Canon is coming to market with a new pro body, cine lenses, and the C300. Nikon will want to respond with what they've been working on this last couple of years.



Nov 26, 2011 at 03:06 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


i own the 35/1.4G - and love it - but there's no way i'd have bought one if i shot with a DX camera. the 35/1.8G is excellent, fast, modern, only slightly slower than the 1.4 and cheap as chips.

fwiw



Nov 27, 2011 at 04:43 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


abam wrote:
i own the 35/1.4G - and love it - but there's no way i'd have bought one if i shot with a DX camera. the 35/1.8G is excellent, fast, modern, only slightly slower than the 1.4 and cheap as chips.

fwiw


Its definitely my intention to have both the 24 and 35 f1.4 oneday but I already have the 35 f1.8 so guess it would be much more sensible to get the 24 first. Until I have the D800 there's really no point at all getting the 35.

Looks like we're all in agreement



Nov 27, 2011 at 09:40 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


Hello,

I would recommend the 24/1.4. I own one and use it with a D3, it is definitely a great lens (but make sure your body and your lens perfectly match for AF. I had them set by Nikon because both my body & my lens exhibited a slight front focus).

In fact, you could plan to get the 35/1.4 someday (with the D800! ) since these two gears do not play in the same range. The 35/1.4 is said to be outstanding as well. I am thinking about getting one but I am hesitating with the Zeiss ZF.2 35/1.4...



Nov 27, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


Only the best for the best.

24/1.4G + Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport


















Nov 27, 2011 at 02:56 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


That's a clear demonstration of the 24's much talked about image quality. Thanks for sharing.


Nov 27, 2011 at 04:41 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


Buyers remorse!! I just ordered the 24 f1.4.

I suspect the 'remorse' will soon wear off once I take her out for the first time.



Nov 27, 2011 at 10:22 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


you'll love it.


Nov 27, 2011 at 11:57 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Which lens?? 24mm f1.4G or 35mm f1.4G


ct8282 wrote:
Buyers remorse!! I just ordered the 24 f1.4.

I suspect the 'remorse' will soon wear off once I take her out for the first time.

my only remorse was not buying it sooner... (same goes for D700)

ENJOY!



Nov 28, 2011 at 12:57 AM
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