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    For an everyday lens, would you go with 35mm or 50mm?

    Which one would you choose for carrying only one lens? Just as a tourist around for travel and sightseeing.

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    Why limit to just one? I'd carry both as they don't weigh much.

    If I can only have one, I'd pick 50mm just because I like the natural look the lens provides.

    If I'm traveling, I much prefer to have a zoom as some scenes are better captured wider and some require more focused approach that telephoto affords. I just bought a 24-120mm for just for that purpose.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    35mm for me - the field of view is one I'm particularly comfortable with.

    And if you have just a bit more space, a 24mm, 35mm, 85mm Olympus Zuiko trio is very nice .
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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    I too prefer the 35mm lens if I'm limited to one lens. With modern film a crop to get the same field of view as a 50mm lens is easy, and of little consequence.
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    If I'm traveling, and not bringing my own vehicle or plane, I'd probably stick with a decent wide to tele zoom. One body, one lens...

    If it were a prime, I'd take a 50/2 on my Pentax.

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    35mm. Once you start cropping down to something like an 8x10 50mm becomes too narrow to me.

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    50mm, actually I prefer 85mm plus for every day.

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    If I had to pick just one lens, it would be 20mm - the modern PJ standard. But from your choices . . . 35mm. Wide enough to introduce some interest to the perspective, but not so wide that you have to worry over much about distortions for portraits and such.

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    I vote for 35mm.

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    Another vote for the 35mm. I just blew an opportunity because I didn't have my 35mm lens with me.

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