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canon 35mm 1.4 vs 24-70mm 2.8

Ciprian Cojoc , Mar 20, 2008; 09:13 p.m.

Hi,I have a hard time deciding between the Canon 35mm 1.4 and Canon 24-70mm 2.8.I like the the 35mm for the speed and the 24-70mm for its versatility.I think I will buy the 35mm since its faster and I try to minimize the use of flash as much as possible.I mainly shoot weddings and group portraits. What do you guys think based on your experience? Thank you. Ciprian.

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Ciprian Cojoc , Mar 20, 2008; 09:15 p.m.

I forgot to mention I shoot with a 5D.

Tommy DiGiovanni , Mar 20, 2008; 09:21 p.m.

I worked with a photographer who mostly used primes. she used a 28, 50 and 85 for most of her shots on a 5D. she had a 70-200 2.8 as well. Her logic was you can use your feet to zoom from 28-50 and so on so why bother with a short zoom. She did switch lenses often.

If you use very little flash as she did I say go the prime route.

Mendel Leisk , Mar 20, 2008; 09:49 p.m.

Zero experience with weddings, but: the 24-70 will be *much* more versatile, very useful range on 5D. Still, the 35mm f1.4 is a wonderful lens. Get both? ;)

D N , Mar 20, 2008; 10:29 p.m.

I would go with the zoom. In the short range of primes I would got with the 28/1.8 and/or the 24/1.4L.

Baivab Mitra , Mar 21, 2008; 12:21 a.m.

Dunno - but why exactly a 35 mm ? It's not that wide-angle to cover group and nor does it give you a good portrait shot? Just wondering. What else you have (primes, i.e.). I'm just thinking, in case it's the group photo (weddings) maybe a less than 28 or around 28 will be better?

Ian . , Mar 21, 2008; 01:03 a.m.

My two main lenses. I need both as they are very different tools.

Ciprian Cojoc , Mar 21, 2008; 04:04 a.m.

Thank you guys,I'm gonna go with the 35 mm for two reasons-I shoot mostly wide open and just thinking at 1.4 brings a smile to my face,besides the 1.4 will allow me isolate the subject nicely(lots of people in the frame but only the one/ones that matter get the attention) ,secondly imo the zoom at 35 will never be as good as the prime (there is a nice 3d on a prime the zoom will never equal)that's is how I see it,other people might have different views on this. I also red a ton of reviews on the "internets" and quite a few people who used the 24-70 abandoned it for the 35. What I will miss by not having the 24-70mm is the size-people see the size of it and they think you know what you're doing(not always the case with me)..so I guess size does matter sometimes! I also have the 17-40mm f/4,85mm 1.2,and 70-200mm 2.8 IS Thank you again. Ciprian.

Colin Southern , Mar 21, 2008; 04:22 a.m.

"I also red a ton of reviews on the "internets" and quite a few people who used the 24-70 abandoned it for the 35."

I would venture to suggest that there are very few professional wedding protographers that either didn't have a 24-70/2.8, or didn't have that range covered with another zoom.

I'd suggest posting your question in the Wedding forum.

Steve Crist , Mar 21, 2008; 09:07 a.m.

I have a 5D and for weddings the 24-70 is my most used lens. When I really need the low light ability I slip on the 50f1.4. I agree with the previous poster who said get the 24-70 now and when you can then get the 35L. Zooms are priceless for wedding work.


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