If you could only have ONE lens..35mm or 50mm???

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by stradibarrius, Jul 10, 2012.

Do you prefer 35mm or 50mm focal length in 135 format?

Poll closed Jul 20, 2012.
  1. 35mm

    48.3%
  2. 50mm

    51.7%
  1. stradibarrius

    stradibarrius Member

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    If you only had one lens on a 35 mm camera would you have a 35mm lens or a 50mm? I am not interested in a bunch of discussion about the minutia of details...just a simple question 35mm or 50mm as you favorite focal length?
     
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    I lean to one or another as wind changes. Lately I have been using the 35
     
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    I would go for 35mm.

    As I have worked through different formats over the years I have always gravitated to the equivalent of 35mm.

    For the past 11 years I have used a Mamiya 7 with 65mm lens which is roughly the equivalent of 32mm on a 35mm camera.

    Best,

    David
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    Ditto. I use the two about equally. If I had to pick one lens only, forever, it would be the 35/2 Nikkor O.
     
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    Got a Nikon 45/2.8 Ai-P as a compromise.
     
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    I tried that, actually, and found it too close to 50. Otherwise a great, compact lens - and I liked the GN feature.
     
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    I just picked up a Rokinon 35/1.4 for my Nikons when I was at B&H last month. It's a lot bigger than my AF Nikkor 50/1.4D but I love it anyway. The focal length feels natural to me.
     
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    This isn't the old GN non-Ai 45mm but the Ai-P chipped version for matrix/flash metering on AF bodies that Nikon rolled out when the FM3A debuted. It's always looked a bit wider than 45mm to me.
     
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    50mm. That is all.
     
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    I love my 35mm lenses. A 35/1.4 Ai-S is almost permanently mounted to my F3/T.

    a Nikkor-O 35/2 and a Mir 24H 35/2 comprise my others.

    50 feels just a touch too long...conversely the 42/1.7 on my Olympus 35SP is almost perfect.
     
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    Street Photography/Landscapes: 35mm @f/8 or @f/11.
     
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    I definitely would go for the 35mm. That was the first additional lens I got for my Pentax KX SLR back in 1977!
     
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    I have far too many lenses but the focal length I use at least 80% is the 50, on film.
     
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    35mm by focal length, but I do seem to shoot 35mm a lot in low light. The fastest 35mm for my Pentax cameras that I'm aware of is f/2 and it's spendy. If I could get a 35 1.4 like you Nikon folks....but then again I imagine those aren't cheap either.
     
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    Definitely 50mm!

    My Pentax-A 50mm f/2 manual focus is the one lens I use the most, second my Pentax DA-35 f/2.4 (which works just perfect with 35mm film houses without any vignetting etc.).
     
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    35mm, my favourite being the f2.5 Color-Skopar for my Bessas.
    A bit slow, but sharp as a tack.

    Jerry
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    50mm only through choice.
     
  19. stradibarrius

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    Great response! keep on commin'
     
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    I got back from South East Asian and was shooting Angkor Wat with my Canon f1N and my 35mm FD lens. I also brought my 50mm, but the perspective was too tight for me. Somehow, the perspective of a 35mm lens feels natural to me.
     
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    The only 35mm camera I shoot anymore is my Stereo Realist. It has a pair of 35mm lenses. Nice!
     
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    As much as I love my 50mm I would have to say the 35mm would be the one lens I would use if I could only have one.
     
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    I usually use a slightly long lens for my cityscapes. I frequently use a 90mm, but of the choices given it has to be 50mm.
     
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    If I could afford the 35mm f1.4 for my Contax, I'd have that. Since I can't, I'm happy to stick with the 50 f1.4. I like doing portraits with shallow depth of field, and a 50 is the shortest focal length you can get that really starts to give you the spatial compression for a good portrait. Were money no object, I'd have three lenses for my Contax - the 50 1.4, 35 1.4, and 85 1.4.
     
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    You should see if the Rokinon/Samyang/Bower 35/1.4 is available in Pentax mount. It's a sweet lens. Manual focus, but at least one of the Nikon versions has all the electronic contacts to satisfy newer, simpler cameras.
     
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    They're selling very strongly in most old and new mounts--very popular on MILCs and DSLRs for still and video. A friend uses the 35/1.4 on his Sony NEX 7--wow! Very nice quality for the $.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Shop-by-Brand-Rokinon/ci/4/phd/4206889901/N/4294255798