Anyone else think 35mm is not wide enough for DX normal prime?

Started Aug 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
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howielenny Contributing Member • Posts: 816
Re: Anyone else think 35mm is not wide enough for DX normal prime?

I think your missing the point of the 35mm 1.8 it's not designed as a wide angle prime. It's field of view is 52mm on a film camera or FF camera and that has been over the years the normal walkabout lens for film users at 50mm. Because it says '35mm' doesn't make it a wide angle prime with this kind of view on a dx camera, it was made to give a very similar view as the 50mm prime on a FF camera. This is due to the fact it gives a very similar view to that of your eyes.

If your looking at a wide angle prime as a walkabout then something around a 20mm (30mm field of view on a FF) or 28mm (42mm view on a FF). You have to take into account distortion etc.

I'm someone who's shot a lot of film with a 50mm prime and find the 35mm 1.8 an ideal dx lens to walkabout as light sharp prime because it gives such a similar view. As others have suggested if your not finding it wide enough for indoor shooting get something like a 17-50mm 2.8 with a view of losing 1 stop of light.

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