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

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muihlinn View Post
    I lean to one or another as wind changes. Lately I have been using the 35
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    Got a Nikon 45/2.8 Ai-P as a compromise.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    I tried that, actually, and found it too close to 50. Otherwise a great, compact lens - and I liked the GN feature.
    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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