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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 12-03-2011   #1
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your 35/50 preferences

Just getting a bit bored (and outside is raining).

So - as the 35 and 50 lenses seem to get most use - some of us prefer 35 and others 50 as their "main" lens, but many use both.

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?

FAST means anything f/2.0 and faster

SLOW means anything below f/2.0

Of course - do not hesitate to share your particular selection
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Just a small updated. Many have several 35 and/or 50 lenses - in that case select what would you keep as your only 35/50 combination
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Old 12-03-2011   #3
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I like Summicrons for 35 and 50.
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Old 12-03-2011   #4
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fast 50 and fast 35 but always prefer the 35
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Old 12-03-2011   #5
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35mm Elmar and 50mm Summicron DR. I don't shoot the 35mm at all but looking good in the bag
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I have two 35s and several 50s. My favorites are the 35 ASPH and the last 50 pre-ASPH.



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Old 12-03-2011   #9
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If "slow" is anything under f/2, most current zooms for SLRs are left out of the running.

OK, I know I'm comparing apples and oranges -- zooms aren't known for working on RF cameras. But 35mm and 50mm lenses are very much part and parcel of SLRs, too. In that case, I guess the same question applies. Especially when some digitals can go up to 64,000 ISO or even beyond. How many people use such ISOs?
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The 35 and 50 never go out at the same time though I prefer fast versions of both. I pair the 35 with a 75mm and the 50 with a 21mm.

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I took a 35/1.8 and a 50/2.5 on vacation this summer and that combo was perfect. I figure it makes more sense for the faster lens to be slightly wider, for indoor use.
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Hi, currently i use a c-sonnar and a 35mm summicron v3.

C-sonnar is superb, fast, sharp,unique and small, cron v3 is great also, hope to get a iv version in the future.

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totally agree with bingley.
the times you are shooting in darker places, indoors, at night, you are usually closer to people, and could use the width. so a faster 35 makes more sense.
Urban environments generally can get darker, faster as well.
When I'm outdoors shooting at longer distances, it generally isn't in the dark. So a slower 50 would suit me fine.

otoh, 35's are usually soo much more $$ for fast versions, that the economic considerations could explain the poll skewing towards fast 50 slow 35.
It certainly does for me.
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I took a 35/1.8 and a 50/2.5 on vacation this summer and that combo was perfect. I figure it makes more sense for the faster lens to be slightly wider, for indoor use.
Indeed that is a good choice. On the other hand a slow 35 could be good for daylight shoot and fast 50 for some portrait stuff. But is seems that many solve this situation with simply fast 35 and fast 50
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Old 12-03-2011   #15
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Currently, I have two 35's and one 50. An ungoggled 35mm f2.8 Summaron, a 35mm v4 Summicron, and a C-Sonnar 50mm f1.5. The 35's are kind've redundant but I'm holding on to both for the time being. The C-Sonnar is replacing a Rigid Summicron. I like having at least one really fast lens and the Sonnar fits the bill better than the Rigid.

Previously, I had 35mm f1.2 Nokton and a 50mm F2 Planar as my kit. The bottom line is that we are spoiled having so many amazing lenses to use these days. One really cannot go wrong.
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I'm generally a slow lens type of guy due to size and lack of distortion being my primary concerns.

35mm C-Biogon 2.8
35mm M Optical Perar 3.5
50mm Summarit 2.5

But, I have a 40mm CV 1.4 coming my way... we'll see if it lasts.
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I wish I could FIND a 50mm Summarit 2.5. Even those lenses are unavailable these days. I'd love a really compact 50mm that isn't collapsible.

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you must have been really bored.
why ask the same question one week later?

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totally agree with bingley.
the times you are shooting in darker places, indoors, at night, you are usually closer to people, and could use the width. so a faster 35 makes more sense.
Urban environments generally can get darker, faster as well.
When I'm outdoors shooting at longer distances, it generally isn't in the dark. So a slower 50 would suit me fine.

otoh, 35's are usually soo much more $$ for fast versions, that the economic considerations could explain the poll skewing towards fast 50 slow 35.
It certainly does for me.
I hear you on the cost of fast 35s. But my workaround is a Canon 35/1.8, which doesn't cost nearly as much more modern lenses. It's soft wide open, but serviceable, and nicely sharp stopped down.
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my favourite 35mm lenses: summicron 1st version, summicron asph., summilux pre-asph.

my favourite 50mm lenses: summicron 4th version, summilux pre-asph.
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I've become a full fledged F2 Gal... Crons in 35 & 50

Though somewhere in the House is a 1.5 Summarit , 50 lux
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I've become a full fledged F2 Gal... Crons in 35 & 50

Though somewhere in the House is a 1.5 Summarit , 50 lux
If I'm Desperate for Speeeeed

35 & 50 Summicron makes a perfect kit in my book, optionally add a 90mm Summicron and 21 Super-Angulon-M and everything covered that can be done with a RF camera.

Now where are the funds for the 35mm Summicron-M ...
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If "slow" is anything under f/2, most current zooms for SLRs are left out of the running.
True, they are sloooow.
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35/2 Asph for me, and I liked my current version 50 summicron, but something weird happened and I think one of the lens elements is loose, causing some nasty flare issues, so I picked up a 50/1.5 CV a few years ago and now prefer it to the Leica. I really should send the summicron off to be looked at and repaired. I'd be willing to try a collapsible 50/2.8 or 3.5 some time.
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I have a voigtlander 50mm f1.5 and and 35mm summicron v3, both get used a lot and are very nice lenses. However, I think I am more of a 50mm man.
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I always seem to find my way back to a 50 hard as I try not to.
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35 Biogon 2.0 and 50 Sonnar
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35 & 50 Summicron makes a perfect kit in my book, optionally add a 90mm Summicron and 21 Super-Angulon-M and everything covered that can be done with a RF camera.

Now where are the funds for the 35mm Summicron-M ...
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Slow 35 and fast 50. Where slow is f2 and fast f1.4 for me. So I cann't vote.
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Slow 35 and fast 50. Where slow is f2 and fast f1.4 for me. So I cann't vote.
Sure you can - as both lenses fast
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I have Summicron 35mm V1, 50 mm DR and Summicron 90mm V1. All of them are fast (f/2.0). I always use 35mm on my M2. the others are very very rarely.
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I had a 50 'cron, sold it for a 35 'cron, then sold the 35 and now I have a 50 again. I think the focal lengths are so close you can get by with either without changing much. I wear glasses and the 35 frame line was always just out of my field of view which helped contribute to my return to 50. Either is great though.
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F/2 is not fast, except 28 and below, today.

At least that's how it seems to me

So, you have your low light set, and your light, small and sharp set.

Unless you have summiluxi

I do have a 28/2 now, but that means no summiluxes

The little nokton is almost there...you can get away with it as the one 35.
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I've settled on my 35/2.8 Summaron on the M3, and my Carl Zeiss Sonnar 1.5 ('fifties version). These two make a perfect pair, unexpectedly. Nearly identical signature and color rendition. It's handy, cause I get a backup body in the deal, my Dad's Contax IIIa with Henry's magic touch. Both fit nicely in my smallest LowePro bag, the EX140.
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F/2 seems to hit the soft spot of speed/quality/size.
If I would go faster, the nokton 1.1 and 1.2 would probably be it (well unless I find a Hexanon 1.2 in the street)
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The 35 and 50 never go out at the same time though I prefer fast versions of both. I pair the 35 with a 75mm and the 50 with a 21mm.

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I feel much the same way. The 35mm and 50mm do not go out at the same time, the 35mm goes out with a 75mm, and the 50mm goes out with a 90mm. For a three lens kit, I add a 24mm. All f1.4, except the 50mm with is f1.
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50 Lux ASPH and 35 Cron ASPH are getting the most play recently.

I do like fast 50's and enjoy the VC Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH and Zeiss C Sonnar 50mm f1.5 as well.

. . . . . on any given day the mood can change and the focal length of the lens as well.

It's all good.
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can't vote, only have 1 lens, 50 cron. was thinking about getting a 35mm lens next, but decided to only shoot with the cron for at least a year. gonna try and master this lens...although sometimes, i do feel that I'm more of a '35mm man', but i know myself very well...if i had the 35, then i'd be itching for the 50.
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Having gone through too many of both I think I have now found my favourite two:

Zeiss 50mm Sonnar f1.5 ZM (2 lenses on one) and Leica 35mm Summicron ASPH (as f2 by far the best 35 I have ever seen).

This is closely followed by another Zeiss/Summicron pairing, where speed is less of an issue, Leica 50mm Summicron-M (or Zeiss Planar 50/s) and Zeiss 35mmBiogon f2.8-C
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I always seem to find my way back to a 50 hard as I try not to.
Yes. 50mm is for serious shooters. 35mm is for point-n-shoots. It's an okay focal length though. 50 is much, much better - and it must be f1.8, f2.0 being acceptable but no slower. 50mm Best. Focal. Length. Ever.
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