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Do you have a favorite focal length? I have been shooting with 50 mm for couple years, and bought a 35 mm half a year ago.
With 50 I find myself all the time wanting a slightly wider lens because something wont fit.
But now once I got 35, while I don't want a wider lens anymore, I find it harder to make an appealing composition!
Is it because I just got used to 50 more or is 35 more difficult to compose with?

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And here's a 50.

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plz read the sticky and resize if you want people to view your photos here
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>>3306813
Shit, sorry for that. I'm re posting resized photos.

This one is 35mm.

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This is like asking if someone has a favorite screwdriver.

Use the one that is appropriate.
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>>3306821
If I was a professional photographer, working for a client, that requires specific results from me than this analogy would work for me.
I'm a hobbyist, and I take photos for fun. I don't have specific predetermined requirements.
Don't great photographers like Bresson or Adams, have a favorite focal length that they liked to use the most?
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>>3306820
if only that plywood wasn't there this would be a nice pic.. well it's still nice but kinda gimp.

anyway I have a 50mm on Canon's crop sensor. I like it, but find myself always having to walk away from my subject. I want a 35mm. until then I guess I can't answer your question very well.
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>>3306804
28mm & 50mm
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>>3306821
>>3306825

Even professionals have their favorite focal lengths
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32.5-42.5mm

>tfw no 80mm 6x7 digicam

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I'm usually very confortable with anything between 28 and 50 equivalents on full frame, but I have one of those 12mm ultra wides in my Fuji and I've got some mileage out of it too. Anything longer than full frame 50 is strictly portrait territory for me, it feels like i'm sniping my subject instead of taking a pic of it whenever I use it outside.
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>>3306827
That's what I'm talking about. With a 35 it is harder to hide all the unwanted stuff from a photo. With a 50 it is easier to make a clean composition. At least to me.
And easier to achieve better subject separation.
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here's a 50mm again.
Guys please share your photos! Especially 50s and 35s. I'd love to see and compare.

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>>3306831
>>3306825

I don't contradict that.
But op says he's done shots with 50 mm and wasn't satisfied because it was too narrow. Then he did shots on 35 and found it uncomfortable.

What are we supposed to say here other than, when your 50 mm is too tight, take another and vice versa?
A lens is a tool. If you like the tool but it doesn't fit you take another.

It's a pointless thread.
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>>3306850
Hmmm maybe I just need a 40...
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>>3306838
or you step a bit more to the side so you don't cut off "barracuda"?
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>>3306868
It was in a garage, there was only a slight opening that I could peek through. Maybe I should have included more of the garage than.
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>>3306868
But yea, maybe it's just a matter of getting used to a new focal length. I've only had it for few months. I spent much more time with a 50.
I simply don't know how to use it yet.
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I like 40mm on 35
I like 110mm on 6x7

40 is really nice for a 1 lens kit. It is just wide enough to not disappoint in most cases.
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>>3306878
Damn, need to stop gas.... No need for a new lens god damn it....
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>>3306806
Are these taken with the Loxia?
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>>3306821
Hex, 2.5mm
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>>3306991
Yes
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>>3306832
Your exposure comp dial makes me want to vomit

>>3306821
I didn't realise I had a favourite screwdriver until I used a Wera with Lasertip
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>>3306991
I love my loxia lenses. Once I got to use them for a little bit, I pretty much gave up on autofocus. Focusing manually is so enjoyable and rewarding. Even though I miss a shot more often than I would with auto focus, the process itself is so much more enjoyable that I'm just going to stick with manual lenses.
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As someone who has a 50mm and 35mm I think both of them are lacking, the 50 is sometimes too tight in scenarios and the 35 sometimes isn't wide enough. I do own a 28mm but it's for a camera that's currently broken so I haven't used it yet, but from looking through the viewfinder with it I think it's a perfect fit to replace my 35mm. And as for my 50mm I'm looking to get a 40mm.

So in conclusion:
40mm for everyday use
28mm if I want something a bit wider

anything tighter than 50mm or wider than 28mm is just too niche
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I like different focal lengths for different purposes.

Anywhere from 28-40mm (or equivalent) is pretty useful for capturing a scene, "as the human eye perceives it." Some people call this street photography or walkaround photography. I don't have a preference for exact focal length in that range (I own 18mm, 23mm, 24mm APS-C lenses and 35mm and 40mm FF lenses, and I seem to use them all equally), but 50mm is a bit tight for my preference for that sort of photography. I can use it well as a portrait lens, but I find it just a bit less versatile for capturing the wider scene.

Sometimes, a human eye perspective gets boring, though, especially for landscapes, where the immersion in such a beautiful area might make you forget to search for compositions. 70-200mm zooms are really useful. If I had to pick a range I use the most, I'd go with the lower end, maybe 100mm. Hard for me to decide on a prime in this range, though. I much prefer a zoom.

Above that, I use 400mm lenses for wildlife. Longer is better too, but after 500mm, it gets hard to find a moving animal in the viewfinder. I find that there is a distance at which wildlife will be scared away by the approach or presence of a human and anything under 400mm typically won't cut it. When the animal is quite close, I'd rather have the longer focal length to really fill the frame with the subject than have the ability to zoom out for an environmental portrait, so I can usually spend all day with a 300mm prime on APS-C or, if I am using a 100-400mm zoom, it will usually be zoomed all the way in.

For wide angle, I also prefer a zoom, unless a prime can offer some special close-focusing capabilities. I feel like this is more a result of my own taste and bias against ultra wide angle perspective distortion.
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>>3307002
>Your exposure comp dial makes me want to vomit

still works tho
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>>3306813
I can view them. I don't live in Australia or have a terrible ISP that throttles my bandwidth for overuse.
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OP just give yourself more time to get used to the 35. I got a 35 f2 in an estate lot that I bought, played around with it for a while and struggled at first, but after a while, I got used to composing shots and it stays on my camera most of the time.

Use it more and see if it grows on you.

pic related, on Ektar 100.

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>>3307014
Could not agree more, even if it makes me a meme. AF is a treacherous thing.
Also I like 24mm the most, followed by 50.

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>>3307014
>>3307417
At this point, I've missed more shots from the AF focusing on whatever or having to babysit it prior to shooting than from not manually focusing fast enough.
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>>3307032
I've got a 18 and 27 on my Fuji. Works well.
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>>3306804
i currently use only a 28mm and a 85mm prime, i love the 28 for street and everyday photos, it´s really versatile but not good for photographing people. The 85 is perfect for portraits, makes it almost to easy, sometimes it´s quite good for formalistic images of random stuff, but these are never very interesting photos. For anything else i really hate the 85, it looks just really boring. i would love to have something in between the 28 and the 85, because switching between them is really weird when your eyes got used to one of these focal lenghts
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>>3307426
I get you. One thing that annoyed me about auto focusing is having to set it up before taking the photo. I felt that I'm always relying on the technology rather than my own eye.
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40mm is what I like using the most.
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>>3307512
Sounds like you need a 50mm. Pick up a second hand one for next to nothing, and see if the focal length agrees with you.
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>>3307231
Congratulations. I too have a good internet connection at home, and I have 20GB monthly data on my phone.
I also sometimes browse from internet cafes or in places with bad reception and I appreciate the rules put in place for resizing.

You wouldnt want every hasselblad-fag to post his 50mp xboxhueg photos either.
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>>3309903
>20GB monthly data
millennials...
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>>3309801
>>3309901
I wonder if the difference between shooting with 50 vs shooting with 40 would be significant enough to rationalize a purchase of a 40 When I already have a 50 and a 35. I guess it wouldn't make any sense?
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>>3309904
>that 20GB boomer who's not on a data plan
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I shoot street with a 58mm

Get on my level
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>>3306804
I actually hate 35 mm. I seldom use it. I have one because there are the situations where it's called for but over all its meh.
What's really annoying is that Portland is OBESSED with 35 mm. They put it all over their bio they use it and they always tag it in their photos. Some also think it means film or that film style.
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>>3309935
You forgot to include a photo.
Here's one on 35 mm. film with a 20mm. f/2.8 Nikkor-D.
Pretty nice lens, by the way.

I like the 20 mm. on crop even better.
On the film cameras I mostly shoot either a Minolta 45/2 or a Nikkor 50/1.4D depending on the camera.
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>>3309940
Holy crap, how close do you have to move in to the subject to make a photo like this?
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>>3309943
With a 20 mm? Touching distance of the two foreground characters.
I was using a quite cheap Nikon N80 for a body and the 20/2.8D is a sturdy lens, so there's not much risk of significant gear loss involved.
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>>3309948
Have you ever had anyone complaining about you taking photos of them?
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>>3309972
That's actually how it came to be that the cops were called in that case, so yes, hah.
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>>3309975
It started with me snapping this pic, which wouldn't even have been a keeper otherwise.
The guy got super mad, though, and decided to grab a hold of me and start screaming about how I was breaking the law (I wasn't).
He was using one of his arms to grab me and the other to hold that dog.
I was having one of my arms grabbed and had the N80 in the other.
So, neither of us had a hand free for punching and we just kinda stood there and argued while the bloke with the knit cap and his girlfriend showed up and tried to mediate. I told them to call the cops since I figured that physically detaining me for no reason must be a crime, but when they showed up they refused to charge the guy.
I would normally just laugh at something like this and enjoy having had the experience, but I noticed a few people I knew walk past and I really didn't need them thinking I was involved in some manner of drunken streetbrawl or whatever, so I was pretty annoyed that the cops just split us up and did nothing else.
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>>3309983
That's kind of intense. I don't think I would have enjoyed that.
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>>3310011
It wouldn't have killed you either. Might as well go out and experience some things while you still can.
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>>3310014
what if you ran and he chased you that could be some cool shots
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>>3310032
He had a pretty firm grip on me and since I didn't have a strap on the camera I had no hands free.
The cops kept him longer than they kept me so I took a snap while walking away just to piss him off. It worked too.
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>>3309911
I have 35,40, and 50 primes. I like the look of 40 the most. It just feels most natural to my eyes. But I only have all the kinds because they're all different mounts.




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