Best choice for first/only prime on 6D FF?

Started Jan 13, 2013 | Questions thread
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Brad Evans
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Re: 35 f/1.4 L
In reply to fjmNYC, Jan 14, 2013

fjmNYC wrote:

Brad Evans wrote:

Canon 35 f/1.4 L - it's the only prime I use on my 5DII and the only one I'll be using on a soon to be purchased 6D.

It's great for for street photography and street portraiture. Beautiful IQ with snappy and accurate AF.

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Thanks Brad. I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to budget for more L glass, I don't think. Love the idea, though. What about the 35mm f/2 IS (not cheap either)?


I have no experience with the new Canon 35 IS lens. But, a photographer that partners with me on photo projects used the older 35 f/2 non-IS lens exclusively for a couple years.

It's an excellent lens and you only lose a stop. Considering the low light capability on the 6D that's fine. Optically, it's not quite up to the 35 f/1.4, but it's $1,000 less in price and MUCH smaller and lighter. I'd have no qualms about using it.

Awhile back I wrote a blog piece on using a 35mm lens for street shooting. Here's a link:

Hope that helps...

Best - Brad

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