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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · What 35 mm prime ?


If you were to buy a 35 mm prime today which one would you get ?


Jan 16, 2013 at 02:16 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · What 35 mm prime ?


Sigma 35 mm 1.4, it will complete my Sigma trinity 50mm and 85mm.


Jan 16, 2013 at 02:17 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · What 35 mm prime ?


I owned the 35L for many years. Nice lens, and one of my most used ones, by far on FF. But I found the f1.4 - f2 apertures of less practical use (DOF challenges - which eye would you like to have in focus?), and I do appreciate the IS in the new Canon lenses. Also Minimum Focusing distance (MFD) is much better with the new 35mm f2 IS than the L.

TDP just finished the 35mm f2 IS review:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-35mm-f-2-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

So, when the optical IQ at around f2.8 is similar (or even better) with the new lens, it's a no-brainer, for me at least :-)



Jan 16, 2013 at 02:25 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · What 35 mm prime ?


IS is more important to me that f/1.4, smaller size/weight is nice too.
I plan to buy Canon 35 mm 2.0 IS as soon as the price will go down a bit. But it wasn't an easy choice against Sigma 35 mm



Jan 16, 2013 at 03:11 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · What 35 mm prime ?


Sigma 35mm f 1.4.

This lens is stellar.



Jan 16, 2013 at 03:15 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · What 35 mm prime ?


Sigma!


Jan 16, 2013 at 03:40 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · What 35 mm prime ?


35L. Or maybe wait for 35L II. I need such a lens for speed in both aperture and AF. I don't trust (future) compatibility between Canon and Sigma lenses.


Jan 16, 2013 at 03:43 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · What 35 mm prime ?


Eyvind Ness wrote:
But I found the f1.4 - f2 apertures of less practical use (DOF challenges - which eye would you like to have in focus?)


What DOF challenges How close are you if you are getting one eye in focus at 35mm? The 35mm focal length (on FF that is) is best used for full body shots and groupshots IMO. If used like that, the subject is in focus, while the BG is not. It would be the last lens I use for tight 'one eye in focus' portraiture. Of course YMMV



Jan 16, 2013 at 03:48 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · What 35 mm prime ?


didierv wrote:
If you were to buy a 35 mm prime today which one would you get ?


That would depend on how I intended to use the prime. I could imagine getting either of the Canon primes if I needed such a lens, though their strengths and weaknesses might lie is somewhat different areas. For my use, probably the Canon f/2 IS...



Jan 16, 2013 at 03:51 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · What 35 mm prime ?


Daan B wrote:
What DOF challenges How close are you if you are getting one eye in focus at 35mm? The 35mm focal length (on FF that is) is best used for full body shots and groupshots IMO. If used like that, the subject is in focus, while the BG is not. It would be the last lens I use for tight 'one eye in focus' portraiture. Of course YMMV


Daan -- I think what he's saying is that he seldom needs shallow DOF of f/1.4 and shoots at smaller apertures to secure adequate sharpness.

I will be going with this new 35 IS once prices drop to around $650-700 at retail. Selling my Samyang and EF 35/2 will nearly pay for it, and I'll find it more useful and productive than either of those (or the Sigma).



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · What 35 mm prime ?


Nice to have such a caliber to select from.. not too long ago, only 1 of those existed.


Jan 16, 2013 at 04:44 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · What 35 mm prime ?


If I had to start all over, I'd go for the Sigma off the bat, but would want to know how it compared to the 35L in terms of AF speed and accuracy, especially in low light.


Jan 16, 2013 at 04:49 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · What 35 mm prime ?


Sigma, much better than the 35L f/1,4


Jan 16, 2013 at 04:56 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · What 35 mm prime ?


Interesting to see, that so far the Sigma totals more votes than the 2 Canon combined.
I am almost done recomposing my lens collection.
All I am missing now is a fast wide angle prime, to compliment my zooms (16-35 & 24-105) I am very much undecided...



Jan 16, 2013 at 04:59 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · What 35 mm prime ?


What's wrong with the original 35mm f/2? It's old, has pretty average construction, and buzzes like an insect while focussing, but the IQ is pretty solid, it's cheap and it's smaller than every other 35mm lens here...


Jan 16, 2013 at 05:01 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · What 35 mm prime ?


sfcyclist wrote:
Nice to have such a caliber to select from.. not too long ago, only 1 of those existed.


+1 :-)

(Though I'm fond of the old EF 35mm f/2 non-IS lens.)



Jan 16, 2013 at 05:01 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · What 35 mm prime ?


35 f2 IS for me, relatively small and light, close focusing, and with IS, for, as Monito suggests, taking pictures by yak fat lamps during my up-coming trip to Nepal. Timing may mean I take my old f2 which I've been pretty happy with.

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Jan 16, 2013 at 05:08 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · What 35 mm prime ?


Having purchased the Canon 35mm f/1.4L recently (but before the Sigma announcement), I obviously voted for it. Excellent lens. This does highlight the problem with any poll like this: how many people voting here have actually used all 3 lenses? Anyone? I also wonder just how much real world difference there is between the 3. Yes, the f/2.0 gives up a stop and gains IS. Will that allow image captures that wouldn't be possible with the other two? As for DOF with f/1.4, I've not found that to be an issue unless trying to get very close to something, but I don't think that is what the lens was designed for.

Robert



Jan 16, 2013 at 05:09 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · What 35 mm prime ?


The new Sigma is an incredible lens. Absolutely fantastic considering it has a much lower price than any of those Canon lenses. And the best wide open performance of any fast wide angle lens that I have used. I have used both the Sigma and Canon f/1,4 lenses. And it's a huge difference in favor of the Sigma


Jan 16, 2013 at 05:09 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · What 35 mm prime ?


Sven Jeppesen wrote:
Sigma, much better than the 35L f/1,4


You are off base, if you are referring to the AF (speed and) accuracy. There are reports of AF inaccuracies under artificial lighting conditions of the Sigma. Although I do not own the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 but I experienced that first hand using the Sigma 50mm f/1.4. Optically, it may be or actually, is better than the Canon counterpart, which is a 14-year old design.



Jan 16, 2013 at 05:17 PM
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