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age old question.. 35 mm or 50 mm

Discussion in 'Camera and Photography Tips' started by lizzie13, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    So I'm stuck in deciding for a prime lens for my d3200. 35mm 1.8 or 50 mm 1.8? I don't plan on upgrading to a full frame so if I got the 35 I don't see it being a waste. I have the 55-300 and my kit lens. I've shot some at both 35 and 50 and like both fov and they are priced around the same. I mainly want it for low light. I shoot dogs, the kids, nature, etc. I know they are both supposed to be pretty sharp and I've heard various opinions on the bokeh. Seems I hear the 50 has better bokeh. So which do you like better? I know the 35 is about 52 on full frame. But no matter where I go, I hear 50 from one side and 35 from another. Lol
  2. Beki

    Beki Good Dog Premium Member

    Love my nifty 50 ;-)
  3. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    I don't know much about Nikon lenses, so can't be too much help in that regard. But, I had a 50mm 1.8 for my Canon and it was a good little lens for the price (only like $100 new). However, I sold it. I have an 85mm 1.8 now and LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
  4. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Yeah I want an 85 mm too. :-) would REALLY love a 70-200 f 2.8 but not at this time lol

    Yes I know everyone loves their nifty 50, but since I'm not shooting a full frame, it's like a nifty fifty in dx. Lol
  5. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Oh and both of these lenses are 200 new. But still not really that bad. I have a 35 I can get for 150 from someone. It's in mint condition. But yes I tend to like zoom lenses better. But since I don't have thousands of dollars to get a bigger aperture zoom, wanted a prime. :-)
  6. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    70-200mm f/4 (for Canon anyway) sells for around $500 used now. Would be worth it to save your money for what you want ;)
  7. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Well my 55-300mm is f4.5-5.6 does suck because it's a variable but I really want a f 2.8 which can get a tamron for about 1400 I think. My sister shoots canon too. And she has this lens and loves it. But she has an actual studio so I don't get all the lighting perks as her. Lol
  8. Fieldmarshal

    Fieldmarshal Big Dog

    Since you have a crop sensor camera, get the 35mm, with a 50mm, which is really 75mm long and I find it a pain when indoors and close up portrait shots. If you cant decide, stick to 35mm and 50mm focal lengths on your zoom lens for a month each, no zoom allowed, force yourself to move your body and not the lens to get the shots you want. It will help you decide on what you will find more useful based on what and how you shoot.
  9. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Lol I so do not have the discipline to keep it at 35 or 50 for a month. I have no problem moving my feet but I know I would zoom in or out to get the shot if I could. Lol I may get a 35 1.8 and 85 1.8 and call it a day. Luckily they hold their value and would be easy to sell if I didn't use them enough.
  10. WithHope

    WithHope Big Dog

    Remember that focal length will affect your distortion. For that reason, shorter focal lengths are not suggested for portrait photography actually. I also do mostly pics of the dogs and kids, and the 85mm is what my next lens will be because of that factor. Of course the lens I'd love, love just like you is the 70-200 2.8 but I don't have that kind of money. I'm saving up for the 85mm 1.4 for my next lens. You won't get the wide angles so it will be harder to do indoor shots with an 85mm, but if you have a kit lens, then you probably have a wide angle focal length there, correct? If you're doing a lot of indoor photography, I say the 35mm. If most of your photography is outside, then I say the 85mm.
  11. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Well since the 35mm is a dx lens, it's really not considered a wide angle lens. It's about the same fov as the 50mm on a full frame. Yes I have a kit lense but I want the bigger aperture. I will definitely get the 85 but between the 35mm and 50mm, I will probably get the 35mm. Decisions decisions! Lol
  12. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    You can always rent both lenses to see which one you prefer.
  13. Fieldmarshal

    Fieldmarshal Big Dog

    Honestly, its not even a big decision, if your even little into photography, you should have both a 35mm and a 50mm, at least eventually. Just get the 35mm now, and save up and get the 50mm, then the 85mm. One can never have enough lenses.
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