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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%
  • 50mm

    45 51.72%
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    I'm currently shooting with a Spotmatic with a really nice 35mm 3.5 Takumar, but the vast majority of my shooting is usually 50mm, so 50mm.

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    I would say 50mm as this is what I think is a general purpose lens. My first Minolta SRT-101 came with a 50 as a kit.

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    I find that between 50mm and 35mm lenses I can almost always get closer with the 35mm to get my composition but in many cases with the 50mm I can't get back far enough when I need a bit more in the shot. So for me it's definitly the 35mm.

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    The 50mm is a wonderful lens, just look at how HCB controls perspective by his position with this lens in this shot –

    http://www.moma.org/collection/brows...1&sort_order=1

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    35mm
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    Eschew defenestration!

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    Strong preference for 35mm...

    I feel frustrated when stuck with a 50mm only!
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    The 50mm is probably the closest to the human eye angle of view, discounting peripheral vision.
    To be fair, that's actually only true by 1mm. A normal lens on 35mm film would be 43mm. 50mm is 7mm off, whilst 35mm is 8mm off.

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    35 mm. Using a Cosina Voigtlander Ultron 40/2 almost exclusively this year! Perfect. 50 is too narrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholai View Post
    To be fair, that's actually only true by 1mm. A normal lens on 35mm film would be 43mm. 50mm is 7mm off, whilst 35mm is 8mm off.
    What do you mean by a normal lens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    What do you mean by a normal lens?
    Quoting wikipedia here:
    In photography and cinematography a normal lens is a lens that reproduces a field of view that generally looks "natural" to a human observer under normal viewing conditions, as compared with lenses with longer or shorter focal lengths which produce an expanded or contracted field of view that distorts the perspective when viewed from a normal viewing distance.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_lens

    Moreso roughly equivalent to the frame diagonal.

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