Thinking about selling 60mm Distagon and getting 80mm

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  1. EASmithV

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    Hello all,

    I'm debating on selling my 60mm Distagon and Picking up an 80mm. I currently have a 60/150 kit, but I'm really more of a 50mm and 105mm guy in 35mm speak. I love the 150, but perhaps the 60mm is not my angle of view?

    It seems that the 80mm is most people's one lens kit, but when i walk around with my 60mm, i'm always tempted to bring the 150 along too.

    I know the 80mm renders (god forbid I use this word) bokeh, and the 60mm does so too, actually, when used under certain circumstances.

    Thoughts?
     
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    try it...I got both cb and cf 80's...cb like new--never used kit lens...cf vgc let me know if you wanna trade as I have no 60 and always wanted to try one out....

    alternatively--get yourself a 1.4x converter?

    it depends dude---150 gives you a smaller crop.....60 gives more depth of field too....

    best--get a zoom if you wanna do it all with one lens...or the 1.4x or 2x converters..but you're better off with lenses rather than the converters--they take up about the same space and converters reduce speed
     
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    talking about speed-2.8 is better than 3.5 and sometimes you need it.
     
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    Sounds like you would do better with the 80. I find the 80 to be a great focal length, but it has a different feel to me then a 50 on a 35mm. Mostly because of the square.
     
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    I can never tell if it's a normal wide or a normal tele. It changes depending on the framing and subject for me. I guess that is what makes a great focal lenght.
     
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    I changed the 80 for the Zeiss Distagon CFi 3,5/60. The 60 feels much better and if I had to put money on it I think the 60 is sharper. Indoors always was a struggle with the 80 since I never got enough angle, with the 60 indoors and small studio's feel much better.

    Not sure what your subjects are but maybe change the 150 for the slightly smaller 120 makro planner, you can still do head shots without the focal rings, and have a smaller gab between lenses.

    Mann I would never get rid of that 60:wink:
     
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    You all have me thinking about a 3 lens kit now... lol! Although a 50/80/150 kit makes more sense than a 60/80/150
     
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    You also have a Yashica with 80mm lens, according to your flickr-stream? Then the decision is easy: If you like this focal length more and want it for your Hasselblad too, buy it.
     
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    I will say the 50 80 150 is pretty nice. The only problem is I like to only use one lens, so now I have that extra thought of which lens to use. It's kinda frustrating. I shot with a rolleicord for all my travels and never needed any other lens besides the 75.
     
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    I agree, try it. For some reason I was not clicking with the 50 in my Hassy kit (but love my Rolleiwide which is similar perspective, go figure) and I got the 60. Really like it a lot even compared to my 80 and I've elected to keep both. 80
    is a classic, amazing performer, and such a great "normal" perspective but the 60 gives the slightly wider perspective when needed without diving too wide like the 50 can sometimes. I say get the 80 and see but do not sell off the 60 yet.
     
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    Consider a 50/60/80/150 kit, this is not so ridiculous. That's like 28/35/50/90, in 35mm camera terms which is perfect I think. I would not always carry all but would want them all when I need them.
     
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    A good move.
     
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    I tend to favour a moderate wide angle as my "standard" lens (35mm for 135, 55mm for 6x4.5, 65mm for 6x7). So I wouldn't be saying goodbye to that 60mm anytime soon.
     
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    I do often find my 50 too wide and would like a 60.
     
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    I like the 50mm and 80mm combination for 6x6. The 60mm is too close to the 80mm lens and it just is not worth switching to the 60mm when I can just step back and get the same thing.