35mm f2 or 40mm 2.8 for garden and walk in the park lens.

Started Sep 11, 2012 | Discussions thread
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m chalkley
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Re: 35mm f2 or 40mm 2.8 for garden and walk in the park lens.
In reply to nelsonal, Sep 12, 2012

Thanks NELSON,

Nice shots. I'll try my kit lens at 40 for a day.

nelsonal wrote:

I chose the 40, but it's not wide. Leave your 18-55 at 40mm for a few days to see if you think it'd be a useful focal length. The best lens in the world that sits on the shelf because it's not a focal length someone likes might is worse than the kit lens that gets used. A narrow lens can be stitched to achieve a wider angle, though that's not useful for all subjects nor images.

That said, I personally believe there isn't a better bang for the buck lens than the 40mm. It's not the fastest, but it's better at f/2.8 than any other budget lens. It's one of two AF lenses I own and the only one I bought new:

Finally, if the light's bad, a flash might be a more useful option. For depth of field you'd probably be better off to consider something longer like the 85/1.8 or 100/2.

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