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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


So I'm looking for a fast, wide prime for my 5D2. This lens does not have a "specific" purpose. When I've wondered around with primes in the past it's always been 50mm or longer. I want to expand my horizons a little bit. I have the (excellent) 16-35L II and enjoy it quite a bit, but it's not always fast enough for indoor snapshots. That and I really love some of the indoor/street shots I've seen taken with these lenses at or near wide-open. I like to take candids inside restaurants and outdoors at night, this is where this lens will see a lot of use. I also have a 2-year old I chase around. I like the idea of those environmental shots and you can create really neat looks with that wide aperture.

I have tried shooting at the two focal lengths on my 16-35 but I am still undecided. I am leaning towards the 24 for a couple reasons. First, it's a newer design which isn't a big deal but worth mentioning. Second, and my question is this - Why not just crop the 24L photos when needed? With all the pixels on the 5d2 I don't know that you would lose much (and might even clean up the corners). Plus you still have the wide option when needed. Anyone shooting with high MP camera care to weigh in?

Happy New Year everyone!

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Jan 01, 2012 at 10:20 PM
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For me the 24 goes over the 35 any day. As you say, you can always crop. The 24 offers more challenges at times, while the 35 is easier / safer to use. But I had the 24L / 24L2 for a combined 14 years, and it's been always my favorite lens (back in my 4 lens lineup as well as my current 17 lens lineup). All those 14 years except two (May 01-Dec 02) were of full frame.


Jan 01, 2012 at 10:24 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


I prefer the iq of the 35 by this much (put your thumb and forefinger together, touching), however, I also agree with stanj about the 24. One of my favs and also you can always crop. Both terrific lenses, why not go wider.


Jan 01, 2012 at 10:37 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


Having used both lenses, I prefer 24L although at times it is too wide but the resolution is superb. But my next lens will be a 50L though


Jan 01, 2012 at 10:39 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


stanj wrote:
For me the 24 goes over the 35 any day. As you say, you can always crop. The 24 offers more challenges at times, while the 35 is easier / safer to use. But I had the 24L / 24L2 for a combined 14 years, and it's been always my favorite lens (back in my 4 lens lineup as well as my current 17 lens lineup). All those 14 years except two (May 01-Dec 02) were of full frame.



I do not own either lens currently. I have been thinking about the same decision, and it's users like Stan and a few other forum members who have me almost convinced to get the 24.

To the OP, I'm not sure if you're using FF or crop permanently, or have your mind set on something, but for me the choice was, I do not own a FF camera any longer. all of my bodies are 1.3 or 1.6. That was the decision for 24 over 35 when I do buy one.



Jan 01, 2012 at 11:47 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


Robert, you have until January 7th.


Jan 02, 2012 at 12:06 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


I just got the Rokinon 35mm and I'm enjoying that lens quite a bit. Very nice and sharp. Just have to focus manually.


Jan 02, 2012 at 12:18 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


I have to say 24 as well. I have both, but hardly ever reach for 35. Usually 24 or 50


Jan 02, 2012 at 12:47 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


rogie wrote:
Robert, you have until January 7th.

What?



Jan 02, 2012 at 01:07 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


Til the B&H rebates expire.


Jan 02, 2012 at 01:10 AM
 

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


I want it even cheaper lol.


Jan 02, 2012 at 01:53 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


i tried both and bought the 24.

The 35 is an odd focal length, in my opinion. You can't really shoot formal portraits with it due to the stretching of peoples' heads on the outer thirds of the frame but it's not "wide", either. The 35 does have stand-out sharpness, color, and contrast.

And I already had a 50 which is similar to the normalish 35. I wanted something different from "normal"; I already had that covered.



Jan 02, 2012 at 01:55 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


I've got the 24TSE-II, 24-II, and 16-35-II, 35 - all superb, but my affinity towards each is in the the order listed.


Jan 02, 2012 at 02:15 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


Comes down to personal preference on the focal length. I have both lenses and prefer the 35L.


Jan 02, 2012 at 04:08 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


I have both 24LII & 35L but 24LII is more used on 5d2 since i always pack 24LII, 50L and 85L as a set in a small bag w/ 5d2. I like 35L on crop better.


Jan 02, 2012 at 04:53 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


I have both also, indoors I grab the 24LmkII, most of the time, but outdoors it is almost always the 35L, YMMV. By a wide margin, the 35L is my most used lens, on the 5DmkII.



Jan 02, 2012 at 06:33 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


We have both. TBH, the 24 gets more use indoors and the 35 stays in the bag when outdoors because we tend to use the 24-70 instead!


Jan 02, 2012 at 09:35 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


I am an en enthusiast and not a pro. My most used walk-around combo is 5D2 + 35L, whether for outdoor or indoor. I like carrying one lens only as I like my equipment be small and light. Another walk-around combo I like is 5D2 + 50/1.4.



Jan 02, 2012 at 03:17 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


IMHO I just don't think it is as simple as cropping (time consuming in any event). I am lucky enough to have both the 24 & 35mm, using them on a cropper 18MP. If photographing landscapes you are likely to want all the MP you can get. Conversely, for portraits and close up photography (practically the same magnification for each lens) the perspective is really quite unique for each. You are lucky enough to have a zoom, try photographing at each FL for a day a piece to discover a preference. From an artisan view point, they really are two different paint brushes; one designed over a decade before (but this doesn't make it necessarily better or worse). I guess I am suggesting go for the FL which would be more useful for your preferred photography. You can always get the other one later.


Jan 02, 2012 at 06:08 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Another 24L VS. 35L Thread...


I liked the 24mm more on full frame 1Ds III or 1D IV too. It is a wide-angle...... 35mm is more 'normal'.
They both have their use.... better get both

this was with the 35L


for comparison here is 24L


but it's the other side of the bridge, about same distance from camera.

I just found the 24mm better for the bridges I was photographing, so to pick just 1 lens, it would be the 24L.



Jan 04, 2012 at 03:50 AM
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