35L or 50L as walkaround lens

Started Sep 6, 2012 | Discussions thread
Marcos Villaroman
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Pretty Much Matches My Experiences
In reply to DerStig, Sep 6, 2012

FWIW, your experiences matches mine.

Before buying my 35L, I had a 35/2, 50/1.4, 100/2, and 24-105. I found I currently like shooting 35mm more than 50mm.

I borrowed a 50L. Really nice lens, but, it does have a lot of glass to move around. Since my 50/1.4 was doing the job quite well, I decided to go for the 35L. There are a number of comparisons between the 50L and 50/1.4 out there --- aside from the belief that the 50/1.4 breaks too easily (mine hasn't so far and I do take care not allow the front element to back drive the focus mechanism).

I like the fact 35mm is slightly wide --- it is more versatile for what I like to do.

I currently use three zoom for focal length convenience: 17-40, 24-105, and 70-200/2.8 IS II.

For shallow DOF/low light, I have the 35L and 85L.

For me, these five L lens gives me the most versatility for what I like to shoot.

Like everyone else on this thread said: you should try both focal lengths and see which one works for you the most. 35mm worked better for me and was worth getting a 35L. For the times when I really want to play with 50mm, my 50/1.4 is currently good enough.

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