Buying a second hand lens, 14mm or 35mm

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Jonathan Siegel Contributing Member • Posts: 505
Buying a second hand lens, 14mm or 35mm
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This is really tough. I used to own a 35mm f1.4 ai-s lens which, in retrospect, I shot some of my favourite photos with.

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I don't know why I did it, but a long time ago I think I got bored of it and traded it for a Samyang 14mm f2.8 lens. Because of the 5 blade shutter, I did not like using the Samyang so much after a while, and it was not so much fun. I wanted to shoot long exposures in the cities I work in, Seoul, Tokyo and Singapore, but 5 blades makes the light star-bursts not so attractive. So I only used it a few times and now it remains in the dry cabinet.

Now, some years later, I miss my 35mm f1.4 ai-s lens, but I also want a good 14mm lens now. I can get the Nikon 14mm, second-hand but it's a bit $$$, or I can get another 35mm f1.4 ai-s and is quite cheap and just forget about the 14mm. I'm torn between nostalgia and trying something new.

I have almost all lenses I ever wanted, 20mm 3.5 Voigtlander, 50mm f1.2 ai-s,  85mm f1.4, 135mm f2 DC, Sigma 24mm f1.4, Sigma 50mm f1.4, 80-200mm f2.8. But now the lens addiction makes me want a good ultrawide, but I also kinda miss the old 35mm 1.4.

Any thoughts?

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