50mm f2 vs 35mm 1.4 - which has more bokeh?

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KariP
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Is "bokeh" necessary for portraits ?
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Spazmaster wrote:

Im working on filling in my prime lineup, currently have 18f2, 23 f2, 27 2.8, 35 1.4

Was thinking about adding in a 50mm f2 to round it out and have something for portraits. Im wondering if anyone has input on how much bokeh I would get with the 35 f1.4 at f1.4 vs 50f2 at f2

Would you guys grab this lens or go for something longer like the Viltrox 85 or Fuji f2?

Very often I see people buying or planning to buy some lens for portraits because it has very shallow DOF  and "speed" ( 56mmf 1,2  or something)

Nice bokeh looks good , sometimes. I have been looking at some portraits - especially from old masters and of course some modern . Extremely shallow DOF is actually used very seldom - if ever.  Some photographers also use the surroundings/landscape or persons home so that it is not blurred away and also tells something of the persons personality. Perhaps also some statue or art can benefit from very shallow DOF - anyway a lot of background blur is not a measure of quality - of the lens or the photographer.

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I started SLR film photography in 1968, first DSLR was Canon 40D in 2007. Now Fujifilm X-E3 and X-H1 for nature, walking around ,traveling/landscapes - fantastic 5DMkIV for landscapes, macro , BIF ... .

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