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    hi guys could I have some opinions on the 35mm f1.8G vs 50mm f1.8G?

    I'm using a D3100 so the fx lens would work well with my body. as the price of both lens are relatively the same which lens would produce a better image?

    the 50mm has a further range so I believe that the bokeh would look nicer. but I've seen alot of good reviews on the 35mm as well
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    The pictures taken by both are pretty good.

    But 1 thing i will like to point out, that is the range. 50mm is pretty tight indoors. Never owned a 35mm so nt sure of that.
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    Both will give you similar IQ.
    Choose the focal length that you prefer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exhaust View Post
    hi guys could I have some opinions on the 35mm f1.8G vs 50mm f1.8G?

    I'm using a D3100 so the fx lens would work well with my body. as the price of both lens are relatively the same which lens would produce a better image?

    the 50mm has a further range so I believe that the bokeh would look nicer. but I've seen alot of good reviews on the 35mm as well
    you'll need to get both to cover the range. esp if you're taking street/portrait photography. unless you're going for longer range, then go for 70-200 or similar.
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    Both have different focal length. It depend your working distance. You can't compare which one can produce better image.
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    Was considering both but end up getting the 50mm can't let me take tight shots in a restaurant.

    Ultimately it boils down to personal needs on shooting distance.

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    Depends on what focal length you prefer.
    I find myself using the 35mm in preference to the 50mm indoors and the 80-200mm over the 50mm outdoors.
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    Hi ppl... Anyone has exp with the 35 1.4 G?

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    If you have to choose one only, I would recommend the 35mm. With 1.5x crop, you will have better coverage, indoor and outdoor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkgoxplore
    If you have to choose one only, I would recommend the 35mm. With 1.5x crop, you will have better coverage, indoor and outdoor.
    yea I was kinda thinking the same too. think I will most prob go for the 35mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkgoxplore View Post
    If you have to choose one only, I would recommend the 35mm. With 1.5x crop, you will have better coverage, indoor and outdoor.
    +1, 50mm is a bit tight esp if using indoor.

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    i own a 50mm used on a D90 and i often find myself wanting/needing the 35mm focal range.
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    Just got a 35mm from HK. Chose it cuz 50mm is a tad too tight for me. But both lense dun cost the same right? 50mm is ard 140+ (didnt check on this) and 35mm is 320+ (SLR Revolution)

    Both lense are for portraits, for indoors i would definitely choose 35mm. If subject is too far out for me, i could try to move myself.

    Hell, my friend had a 50mm on a canon (yea, theirs is 1.6x crop but not much diff) trying to shoot a group photo, she had to distance herself across the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahdui View Post
    Just got a 35mm from HK. Chose it cuz 50mm is a tad too tight for me. But both lense dun cost the same right? 50mm is ard 140+ (didnt check on this) and 35mm is 320+ (SLR Revolution)

    Both lense are for portraits, for indoors i would definitely choose 35mm. If subject is too far out for me, i could try to move myself.

    Hell, my friend had a 50mm on a canon (yea, theirs is 1.6x crop but not much diff) trying to shoot a group photo, she had to distance herself across the road.
    TS is talking about the new AF-S 50/1.8G, not the old AFD one.

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    for me 35mm is better choice cos 50mm sometime too tight

    35mm to 50mm not that far which i can just move infront =x
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    Just share my 2 cents after some research.. I also think about this question before and I'm using DX body.

    It's depend on what type of photo you shoot. Below are some of the common point for both lenses.
    - Low light capability (f/1.8)
    - Both AF-S so auto focus for those no built in motor body
    - Bokeh.. ? Should be the same right because both have f/1.8 aperture? But take your kit lens and shoot at 35mm & 50mm around f/6(make sure both focal length got same aperture), make the background as far as possible from your object. But make sure your object the same size for 35mm & 50mm, it's mean move closer and further to get it with same object size. Then you will know what's the different.

    Pro & Con after using both lenses.

    35mm f1.8g
    Pro
    - Can do group photo. (But do you really need f/1.8 for group?)
    - Can do full body portrait
    - Can be a good walkabout lens

    Con
    - Not good as a portrait lens. Especially half body and worst for head shot(shoot model with only face shown). Why? Because too short focal length. "But I can walk closer to shoot.." 2 bad things I can share when I walk too close to my friend.
    - Distortion.. Try stand very close to your friend and shoot... You will notice your friend's nose getting bigger when you getting closer...
    - Stress.... Your model will feel stress if camera too close to her.. This happened to my object, most of them can't act natural when camera too close to them.

    50mm f1.8g
    Pro
    - Good portrait lenses for DX body because after crop factor it become 75mm which very close to full frame popular 85mm portrait lens..
    - Cheaper... You could get a brand new at $285. But 35mm cheapest I found is $330. (Don't pm me on this, just walk around and ask and ask. Face thick thick sometimes gain some benefit)
    - When you shoot portrait outdoor with 50mm f1.8.. The result i really like it so much on 50mm f1.8D. 50mm f1.8g only tried once.. Looks like the same but some peoples said it's better.

    Con
    Very obvious... Too long focal length for walkabout, group photo & indoor.... But if you always go shoot car model, IT show or cosplay etc.. 50mm recommended.. Don't be the unique one that stand so close while other stand quite far to shoot....

    So what to use during event or gathering at low light? Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 if budget allowed. Else Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 also not bad("bad image quality ler...." Nothing to complain, some more it's not super obvious la.. For my level I can't even tell is that really bad image quality.. Unless you shoot to earn money like one of my photo kaki who shoot and sell 1 photo to media for around 5000sgd.. )

    Just my opinion.. If really low light f1.8 or f2.8 can't help anything.. Get an external flash is the best....

    Go get 1 from B&S and try, if not happy with it then losing $20-$30 dollar and let go.. Cheaper than you rent those lenses. Tried then only know what you want or don't want.. Meat for someone might be a poison for another one. Don't trust internet review too much, many just monkey see monkey do... Not surprise that someone who keep telling you f1.8 good bokeh good lowlight but he never hold SLR camera before... Internet mah....

    Please correct me if what I mentioned got mistake.. I just wish to share what I tried & error....

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    Quote Originally Posted by lcheowl View Post
    +1, 50mm is a bit tight esp if using indoor.
    Quote Originally Posted by kkgoxplore View Post
    If you have to choose one only, I would recommend the 35mm. With 1.5x crop, you will have better coverage, indoor and outdoor.
    +1 for this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irvind View Post
    Go get 1 from B&S and try, if not happy with it then losing $20-$30 dollar and let go.. Cheaper than you rent those lenses. Tried then only know what you want or don't want.. Meat for someone might be a poison for another one. Don't trust internet review too much, many just monkey see monkey do... Not surprise that someone who keep telling you f1.8 good bokeh good lowlight but he never hold SLR camera before... Internet mah....
    lol pretty true. 35mm sells insanely quick, just get one used to try it out. if you don't like it, just sell it off for the same price and buy that 50mm. everyone has different requirements, a 'better image' would be subject to your own needs.
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    +1 for 50mm, because..

    - I can achieve creative shots using the bokeh of 50mm focal range, unlike the 35mm.

    - I can live with the tight shots.

    - I'd like to have lens that has aperture rings for compatibility with older cameras.

    Conclusion, yes the 35mm gives you much more coverage and an easier life. But I choose to walk on the path of rocks.

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    50mm is really tight. (okay no sick jokes here )

    Here's my story for the new 50mm. I was at the airport 2 weeks ago saying goodbye to my fellow classmates. I gathered everyone for a group photo, i realize that i must step back quite far away for the shot (btw, it's a group of 20). Luckily i have my trusty 18-55mm kit. Switched it quickly and took the shot in no time.

    The point is, choose the FL you need most, not the the quality the bokeh produces. There's not much difference anyway. Though the 50mm is still useful at certain times, 35mm fits the indoor conditions. you can consider the Sigma 30mm f1.4 as well.

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