Should I sell my Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and get the RF 35mm Macro?

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SmokinBanjo New Member • Posts: 4
Should I sell my Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and get the RF 35mm Macro?

I recently jumped to the full frame canon RP from my older canon xsi. I got a nice 24-70 to go along with it but there are some situations where I want a smaller lens. I currently have the Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and use it with the EF to RF adapter. I am considering going to the RF 35mm because it seems like it might be a little more versatile than the 50mm and without the adapter will be smaller.

The 50mm was a nice portrait lens for my crop sensor camera but it doesn't have as compelling of a use case for me now I am on a full frame. It is a fast lens which is nice for some situations and I will wonder if I will miss the extra speed.

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FrancoD Forum Pro • Posts: 14,035
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I am very much looking forward to find out how anyone could help you with that.

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You could use the free exposure plot program to determine how often you actually use the f1.4 at that opening.

https://www.vandel.nl/ has the program.

But, even with that knowledge, only you know what type of shooting you  do and whether keeping the lens is worth the effort.

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Re: Should I sell my Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and get the RF 35mm Macro?

The 50/1.4 sells for about $200 on ebay; you will get $180 or so after paying the fees. Why sell it?

Think about it this way: if you did not own it and have the chance to buy it for $180 used, knowing that it is in good condition, wouldn't you buy it?

BBbuilder467 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,063
Re: Should I sell my Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and get the RF 35mm Macro?

SmokinBanjo wrote:

I recently jumped to the full frame canon RP from my older canon xsi. I got a nice 24-70 to go along with it but there are some situations where I want a smaller lens. I currently have the Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and use it with the EF to RF adapter. I am considering going to the RF 35mm because it seems like it might be a little more versatile than the 50mm and without the adapter will be smaller.

The 50mm was a nice portrait lens for my crop sensor camera but it doesn't have as compelling of a use case for me now I am on a full frame. It is a fast lens which is nice for some situations and I will wonder if I will miss the extra speed.

A 35mm macro lens would make a nice, all-purpose prime for outdoors where it works well for nature landscape and can also do extreme close-up. I would think of it as a hiker's lens, where you pack down to the minimum.

it would be used as more of a substitute for the 24-70 than the 50mm outdoors. I'd still think 50mm in FF is more versatile overall. It's a pretty good fit for indoor family gatherings, etc, where you need shutter speed.

Gerry Winterbourne Forum Pro • Posts: 18,453
Re: Should I sell my Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and get the RF 35mm Macro?

SmokinBanjo wrote:

I recently jumped to the full frame canon RP from my older canon xsi. I got a nice 24-70 to go along with it but there are some situations where I want a smaller lens. I currently have the Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and use it with the EF to RF adapter. I am considering going to the RF 35mm because it seems like it might be a little more versatile than the 50mm and without the adapter will be smaller.

No one but you can answer the question about what is most suitable fir you. However, it's a very easy question to answer: put your 24-70 at 35mm and use it for a period of at least a week or two (stick the zoom ring with a bit if tape to keep it at 35mm); then change to 50mm for a period.

Then appraise the photos you've taken critically - does one f the focal lengths jump out as being much more to your taste? If it does that's the FL to go with; if not, there's no indication either way.

The 50mm was a nice portrait lens for my crop sensor camera but it doesn't have as compelling of a use case for me now I am on a full frame. It is a fast lens which is nice for some situations and I will wonder if I will miss the extra speed.

Again, no one but you knows if you'll miss it. But if it is indeed "nice for some situations" why not keep it? There's no law that says you have to restrict your lens ownership.

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robgendreau Veteran Member • Posts: 7,965
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Aside from focal length, remember your RP doesn't have IBIS, so the OIS in the 35mm would be nice to have so you can use it say at a two stop slower shutter speed perhaps.

And it does focus closer as well than any of your existing lenses.

And the 35mm is a fantastic lens; I use it on an RP as well and it's a very light and small combo with a ton of versatility. I don't use my 50mm on it as often as the 35mm, but of course we can't answer for you.

beagle1 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,177
Re: Should I sell my Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and get the RF 35mm Macro?

SmokinBanjo wrote:

I recently jumped to the full frame canon RP from my older canon xsi. I got a nice 24-70 to go along with it but there are some situations where I want a smaller lens. I currently have the Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and use it with the EF to RF adapter. I am considering going to the RF 35mm because it seems like it might be a little more versatile than the 50mm and without the adapter will be smaller.

The 50mm was a nice portrait lens for my crop sensor camera but it doesn't have as compelling of a use case for me now I am on a full frame. It is a fast lens which is nice for some situations and I will wonder if I will miss the extra speed.

probably, 50mm is wider on the full frame and 35mm is even wider ----  for portraits use longer (100mm +)

OP SmokinBanjo New Member • Posts: 4
Re: Should I sell my Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and get the RF 35mm Macro?

Thank you. I will take that advice.

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OP SmokinBanjo New Member • Posts: 4
Re: Should I sell my Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and get the RF 35mm Macro?

Good point!

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OP SmokinBanjo New Member • Posts: 4
Re: Should I sell my Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and get the RF 35mm Macro?

Thank you everyone for the great advice! You made several great points that helped me think through what I want. Right now I am going to test out the focal lengths on my current lens and keep my 50mm 1.4. I still may get the 35mm in the future, but I decided to wait a little while for a few different reasons.

First, I am going to pay more attention to my preference between 35mm vs 50mm when I am taking photos now that I am on full frame and the focal lengths are so different from my crop sensor camera.

Second, I am going to wait to see what other lenses Canon or other 3rd parties release for the RF mount. If a good priced pancake lens comes out, that might change my preferences. What I am really wanting is something light and compact for travel and outdoor adventures.

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