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12-09-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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35mm or 50mm?

I'm Christmas shopping after meeting up with some local pros that swear by the 50mm f1.4 lens SDM (but they were canon and nikon)

My camera- K-7

I am looking to see price difference on the two lenses or which one you'd recommend instead.

Preference SDM focus, brand can be pentax or sigma or tamron not too picky there.

So my question is, which lens is better for portraits/general macro/indoor shots? The
35mm or 50mm? (f1.4)

12-09-2010, 07:24 PM   #2
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On the K7, I would suggest the 50mm. What you lose in wide angle you'll gain in aperture. The half stop to f2 or even 1.7/1.8 should help inside.

If there's ample light, and you need the wider angle, you should be able to get away with the DA35 2.4 - I'm assuming that's the "35" you're talking about.
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I prefer the 35mm. I have the M 50 1.7 and find that I rarely use it. For me it's kind of the "in-between" lens. I really like 28mm and around 75mm. I feel both of those focal lengths are very useful. But it is really all about personal preference. What suits me will not suit everyone else. The best and maybe only way for you to find out it is hands on testing. If you have your kit lens, shoot a whole day ONLY at 35mm then another day ONLY at 50mm and that should give you your answer.
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The sigma 50mm should fit your bill if you want SDM.

However... were those canon + nikon users shooting full frame cameras?

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QuoteOriginally posted by paperbag846 Quote
The sigma 50mm should fit your bill if you want SDM.

However... were those canon + nikon users shooting full frame cameras?
I like Sigma, and they've come a long way; however, I haven't heard of anyone able to get the focus shift hashed out on this lens. It also sounds like it's out of his price range with him talking about $200-$300 lenses.
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Oh sorry missed the price.

The FA 50mm 1.4 is very good and it's easily worth 250. No SDM, though.

The 55mm 1.4 is better and SDM, but outside of the price range.

35mm and 50mm render very differently, regardless of the field of view. I think everyone should own a 50 for an oldschool feel, even if they are an awkward focal length (In classic terms, of course).

I wasn't weaned on film, so the 50mm (75mm) field of view is fine with me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by paperbag846 Quote
Oh sorry missed the price.
I'm simply making an assumption based on "Christmas shopping" and the lenses in question.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chattphotos Quote
So my question is, which lens is better for portraits/general macro/indoor shots? The
Ok more thoughtful answer.

If you are looking at the DA 35mm macro vs. the FA 50 1.4 lens, they are totally different beasts. The FA 50 1.4 can really throw the background into a blur, while the DA 35 is sharp as a tack and renders incredible detail. The 50mm does too, but you need to stop it down. If you want a good all-rounder that can also do macro, the 35 is your best bet. The 50 is a little more specialized IMHO... but the 35mm is also 3 times the price.

If you are looking at the DA L 35mm 2.4, it can't do macro, and would be a decent all purpose lens. But I don't think it would be as ideal for portraits as the 50mm 1.4.

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Portrait lens with SDM?
DA*55/1.4 don't look any further. It's a great lens IMO. quiet, solidly build, with excellent IQ if you don't mind busier bokeh at times...

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