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View Poll Results: Do you prefer 35mm or 50mm focal length in 135 format?

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    42 48.28%
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    45 51.72%
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    Not I - I've had both focal lengths on a variety of cameras before. I like the 50 a bit better because it does reasonable double-duty as a scenic and a portrait lens. Doing a head-and-shoulders portrait with a 35 is not quite up someone's nostrils, but definitely putting you into halitosis detection range.
    I like 35mm lenses for environmental portraits or groups of two or three people Scott, but I agree that for head and shoulders shots a 50mm or longer lens for several reasons is much better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    If it really came down to it and if I'm a 1 percenter, it would be this one

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...spherical.html
    I'm not sure I would agree, as the 1.4 Summilux may provide a better all round performance without that "in your face full aperture definition".

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    My more expensive lenses are 35mm like the CV35/2.5 I use on the Bessa R so I think I'd choose 35. My 50's which I tend to use more are fsu glass. Quite good but wider is more versitle & I could grow into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    I'm not sure I would agree, as the 1.4 Summilux may provide a better all round performance without that "in your face full aperture definition".
    With most lenses those slightly slower are better overall than the very fastest ones, especially for closeups. This may or may not apply to something like the Noctilux. That's above my pay grade for photo gear.

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    35. Not a close call.

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    I've never played around with a 35mm on a 35mm (heh), but I'm tempted to now after reading this thread. The Pentax M 35mm f/2 looks pretty gorgeous, I'd love to give that a try.

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    My all time favourite focal lenght for everyday use is 40mm, the MD Rokkor 40mm/2,0 to be precise. I find 35mm a tiny bit too wide for my personal taste. If I had to choose between 35 and 50, I'd go for the 50 and the widest possible aperture, since I prefer a shallow depth of field and do a lot of portraits.
    I actually sold my only 35mm a while ago and even on zoom lenses its a very rarely used focal length. When I want a wide lens, 28mm is the absolute maximum and for everything else, I mostly use 50 to 85mm.

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    i get the most use ou of my manualnikkor35mmf/2, a great lens!
    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    i get the most use ou of my manualnikkor35mmf/2, a great lens!
    Would thet be the 35/2 Nikkor-O? I have a pre-ai version, well used, and it's on my Nikkormat more than any other lens.

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    35mmwithout a doubt
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