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    28mm or 35mm

    As a people-shooter, which would you pair a 50mm with?

    I have a 50mm and I'm dying to buy a wide-angle lens. The FOV for 28mm is greater ofcourse but I feel that it might be too wide; judging from flickr, it can look very good or very awful. The 35mm seems safer but maybe redundant with a 50mm. So if you can only bring two lenses, would it be a 50/28 or a 50/35?

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    50/28

    I use 24/35/85
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    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    I did a bit a portrait session a couple of days ago and used a 28/50/100 with the 28 getting the most use. The circumstances dictated its use though, so I was glad it was in my bag.
    Maybe I'll never use it again...

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    Both, they are quite a difference. But if only one then you must decide. I'd never sell my 21 or 28 but frankly shoot 35/50 much more, but that's just me.
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    I guess I'll have to buy both and use both. It's just that I wanted to stay minimalist and work with one camera, one lens, etc. but now I feel that is so limiting...not sure which I'll get first...
    Last edited by msbarnes; 11-30-2011 at 08:22 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Get the 28 and use your feet as a 35 until you get one of those too.

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    50 + 35. But neither are my choices for people (I use 40mm or 24mm when including spatial relationships in the image).


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    All my people sessions I use 35 / 50 / 105. 35 for scenes, 50 for medium tele/low light and 105 for portrait
    5x7 Eastman-Kodak kit, under the knife for a bit
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    Random 35mm stuff

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    I have now, and have had in the past, several 28mm lenses, but I've never quite cottoned to them. I seem to prefer 24mm -- you'd think the extra 4mm wouldn't make that much of a difference, but I seem to notice it.

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    I'm a bit of a wide user. I use the (Minolta SLR) 16mm, 21mm, 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm. In addition I use the 50mm and 85mm..

    My Leica lens are the 21mm, 28mm, 35mm, and 50mm..
    Leicarfcam aka Colyn

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