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slow 35 and fast 50 138 23.67%
fast 35 and slow 50 25 4.29%
fast 35 and fast 50 281 48.20%
slow 35 and slow 50 25 4.29%
only slow 35 6 1.03%
only fast 35 47 8.06%
only slow 50 7 1.20%
only fast 50 54 9.26%
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Old 07-14-2012   #81
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Picked fast for both, though if the poll would have allowed me,
I would have picked slow for both lenses as well, since i use slow 35/50s As well if shooting outdoors on sunny days
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Old 07-15-2012   #82
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I shoot the pre-ASPH 35/1.4 and the ASPH 50/1.4 the most.
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Old 07-15-2012   #83
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I use a CV35/2.5 & a 50/1.5 sonnar copy lens, J-3. I also have a 50/2 & slower 50mm lenses.
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Old 07-20-2012   #84
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I realized recently that I was shooting 50s a good chunk of the time solely for the speed. My most common one was a Jupiter 3 - great lens - though I was starting to dabble with a Canon 50mm 1.4. I liked its performance but preferred the smaller lens.

At the same time, I didn't like that I was shooting a 50 just because I didn't have a faster 35mm. I picked up a VC 35mm 1.4 and have been having a blast with it. I think it may become my default, go-to lens.
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Old 07-21-2012   #85
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I'm lucky enough to have both the 35 and 50 Lux now.
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Old 07-21-2012   #86
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For RF use, smaller (slower) the better. Currently use the VC 35 2.5 which is a fine lens. For my 50 I use a 70s era Summicron, although I tend to use SLRs when wanting the use of 50-90mm focal lengths. The Nikkor 50 f1.4 is a particular favorite, mated to a plain prism F.
Agree about size and I would add that for me choice of focal length is linked to the camera I use. I have the VC 35/2.5 teamed up with my Bessa-T and a Elmar 50/3.5 for the Leica IIIf. My choices also involve the not unimportant matter of finances. Slow is affordable.
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Old 07-23-2012   #87
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My favorite 35mm lens are Konica M-Hexanon 35 2 and Konica uc-Hexanon 35 2. 50mm lens should be Konica M-Hexanon 50mm f1.2. : )
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Old 08-15-2012   #88
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Hi,
My usual favorites are a 35 mm f2.5 Nikkor in LTM (adapted to Leica bayonet), a 50 mm DR Summicron, and a 50 mm f1.4 Nikkor in LTM when I expect to need the extra f stop.
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slow fast, fast slow, fast fast, slow slow, slow, fast, slow, fast, and repeat.

last time I heard something like this was watching strictly.
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Old 02-22-2015   #90
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I vote for fast 35 and slow 50
For me, a 35mm lens is for reportage and snapshots, fast focusing, available light, moving subjects, more than one person.
I use 50 more cautiously, for more mastered pictures.
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... speed is irrelevant, I make masterpieces with both
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Old 02-22-2015   #92
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f/3.5 for both. Lots of light.
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Old 02-22-2015   #93
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... speed is irrelevant, I make masterpieces with both
Yes, but are they extraordinary?
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Yes, but are they extraordinary?
No of course not! ... they'er all like that
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No of course not! ... they'er all like that
I should have known better. May I follow and learn?

May be even hold your meter
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Ha! .............
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Ha! .............
At Blackpool, they'd pay money for this

O.T.

I forgot to say that I prefer a 35mm for street, demonstrations etc. But, perversely I use 50mm as an everyday lens
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... true, but there're some strange people out that way
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Old 02-22-2015   #99
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My preferences for lenses changes over time. It would be rather boring otherwise to use the same lenses over and over while I have other lenses to choose from.

If DAG manages to repair my Zeiss 85/1.4, it will be used on my E-P2, giving me a 170mm perspective that I want to team up with my 35mm Summilux on the M9. Maybe this is a strange combo: 35mm and 170mm.

Both lenses are fast.

It will be very interesting (to me) to use it this summer on a trip to Europe.
As for the 35&50 combo, I use the 35/1.4 and 35/2 Summicron, plus the Rigid Summicron 50.
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Currently fast 50 (f/2), slow 35 (f/2.5), ideally I'd like fast both.

I wonder economics play (significant) role, with 35's being more expensive than 50's at any given speed?
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It used to be that it was more difficult to build sharp wide angle lenses that are fast. With computer designed lenses, this problem seems to have been overcome. It easier to design fast 50mm lenses.
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Old 02-22-2015   #102
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I'm currently using a fast 50 (Canon 50/1.4 LTM) and a slow 35 (CV 35/2.5) with my Ms. My OM setup is the same, with a 50/1.4 and a 35/2.8. I don't have a 35 prime for my DSLRs right now, but my Canon 17-40 covers a slow 35, and I also use a 50/1.8 II.
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Old 02-22-2015   #103
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Old thread, OP was asking about RF glass, I guess.
Taking it mostly on B/W film I'm not so dependent on the speed of RF glass.
I have fast J3, but it isn't my primary 50 prime for now.
I have slow 35 2.5 as many.
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Old 02-22-2015   #104
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I have Summicrons. But mostly use f2.8 lenses lately. My old f3.5 screw mounts get more and more use too....
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Old 02-22-2015   #105
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i love my 35mm at RF , and 50mm on my SLR
idk but for me 35mm more eye-point lens than my 50mm.
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Old 02-22-2015   #106
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Slow 35 (Jupiter-12) and fast 50 (Canon f/1.4) for me as that is what I have.
I have glasses and cannot see the entire 35mm frame line on my Canon 7 at once (though, I can possibly see most of it by looking around but that is inconvenient in practice). Consequently, my Jupiter-12 lives on a FSU camera where the turret finder does show the entire 35mm view plus some (but very small) despite using glasses.

On DSLR it is slow "35" (EF 20mm f/2.8) and slow "50" (EF 28mm f/2.8).
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Fast 35, I simply need the speed as I somehow always end up shooting in available darkness (Nokton 35/1.4)

It's rare that I use a 50 (too tight), so it doesn't really matter if fast or slow, I like both and use either a coated Elmar or a Jupiter-3 as my 50.
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Old 02-23-2015   #108
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C-Biogon 35/2,8 mostly used between f/4-8
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Old 02-23-2015   #109
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Old 02-23-2015   #110
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I have a question towards RF users who use both 35 and 50 - what is your preferred combination - both lenses "fast", both lenses "slow" or somewhere in between?
I am a rangefinder user.

I use 35mm focal length lenses.

I use 50mm focal length lenses.

All of my 35 and 50mm lenses are fast (f/1.4 to f/2).

Unless I am shooting theatre, I prefer the 35mm over the 50mm.

Rarely do I carry a 35mm lens and a 50mm lens at the same time.

Even though my preference for my rangefinder is a fast 40mm, I voted for Fast/Fast.
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Old 02-23-2015   #111
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One more vote for C-Sonnar and C-Biogon. When on the Kiev platform, it's 53 mm Helios-103 - coz I can
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Old 02-23-2015   #112
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For M-mount:
50/1.4 Pentax SMC FA (converted and rangefinder-coupled)
35/1.4 Summilux ASPH

I used the gen IV 50/2 Summicron for a long time (10+ years). I like the pictures I get with the Pentax lens a LOT more. I should have ditched that Summicron years earlier. It had convinced me that I don't like the 50mm focal length. Wrong. I just didn't like the Summicron.

The best 35 I've ever used — bar none — is the 35/2.8 Biogon-C. And it's almost always fast enough. But every so often the extra two stops of the Summilux comes in handy.

The Biogon-C/Sonnar combo that a couple of you are using… that looks goooood.
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The Pentax 50/1.4 is superb overall. I should use mine more often on the M9.
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Old 02-24-2015   #114
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I voted fast/fast.....
Does a Fuji X-E2 count as partial RF in looks and handling?
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I voted slow 35, fast 50 before really reading the op. Since I'm sticking with Summicron 35 IV and Summilix 50 ASPH, I guess it's fast/fast, but as far as the speed preference goes, I still prefer faster 50.

I've considered myself a 50 guy, but I'm getting more comfortable with 35. I like small 35 for travel, and often faster than F2 35mm lenses are quite large/long. As far as the speed goes, I feel F2 is fast enough for what I do for the most part, and I'm kind of treating the fast 50 to be a short portrait lens where more control of DOF could be handy.

Ideally, having both fast and slow (small) 50s would be perfect, but I can get by with just a pair of said 35 and 50.
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I use the 35 Summicron IV and 50 Summilux. I think the longest lens should be faster because it requires a higher shutter speed.
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Well, I myself live an exciting and unpredictable life.

I like fast cars, fast women, and fast lenses.

1.4 or bust.
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Biogon 35/2
Planar 50/2

(I do own a 35/2.5 Skopar, but that's for compactness. If I only got to keep one 35 and one 50, those above would be it)
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I think, Nick was just joking and making a point that some people actually prefer using the 50mm lens over the 35mm lens.
Beyond "working distance" I do think there's something to be said for the normal perspective when it comes to composing more complex shots without looking though the viewfinder.
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I use a 35 and a 28 on my M9 but will occasionally use the 50. Wider and longer than that just doesn't seem to work for me. I have a CV28/2 and 35/1.7 and a Summicron 50. One fine day they will get replaced with Leica fast glass.
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