My first Prime for DSLR - DA 50mm, 35mm or ?


Papa_Lazarou

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 11:21
I currently own 2 lenses for my DSLR: the DA 16-45 and a Sigma 28-105. I'm looking to pick up a prime lens for walkabout duties - something small and reasonably fast.
I'd prefer to have AF - so i'm currently considering the DA 50 and DA 35. The '35 is pretty cheap, but is it any good?
Which focal length would be more useful on a cropped sensor for me in your opinion?
Are there any other lenses I should consider?
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Last Edited by Papa_Lazarou on 07/01/2013 - 11:27

bforbes

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 11:34
On a cropped censor the 35mm is supposed to give a view similar to that seen by the human eye. I don't know how they run for price now but the FA 35mm f2 gets some good reviews. link

I see you have 28-105 zoom, have you tried setting it at 35 and 50 and see which you prefer?
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Last Edited by bforbes on 07/01/2013 - 11:36

gartmore

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 12:42
An excellent compromise between the two is the DA40 ltd, it's tiny size would make it an ideal choice too
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LennyBloke

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 12:55
...or how about the DA35 Macro Limited - a superb all-rounder with the benefit of Macro and Limited quality build. I haven't seem too many around second hand lately, but IMO they are great value. SRS are around £350 new, used they can be had for £250-£275
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geordie01

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 12:57
The DA35 F2.4 AL is a superb lens for the money.

bluenose82

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 13:07
I have the DA35 which is a great lens, but i often find it to be a very inbetween focal length that i either feel is to wide or too narrow,50mm on a K5 sensor i find suits me better.

col55555ine

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 13:15
FA 50mm F1.4, great lens with great colour rendering....
Both u have said are plastic bodies, not saying that there no good but are plastic.
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johnriley

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 13:23
The standard lens is the 35mm f/2.4, which is both inexpensive and excellent. There are lots of variations possible, 50mm being popular but actually a short telephoto. 40mm is of course also either a long standard or short telephoto, depending on your point of view.

In 40mm lenses, the new XS lens is actually reputed to be top quality, on a par with the Limited version but plastic of course. There's nothing wrong with plastic...if it's the right sort of plastic.
Best regards, John

Mal

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 14:22
I would recommend the DA 40mm f2.8 XS too its real bargain , its very slim and light SRS has it on sale at the moment HERE
also the DA 50mm f1.8 Lens looks promising , but at the prices they are going for at the moment i would recommend stumping up a bit extra cash and buying a FA 50mm f1.4 instead

Blythman

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 14:37
For walkabout, as you have said. I'd go for the DA35mm f2.4. Either that, the DA 21mm or a 2nd hand 28mm.

The 50mm on a crop body is nearer to a portrait lens than a walkabout lens.
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milamber

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 14:47
It really depends on what you are interested in taking photos of. I had a 40mm Ltd and loved everything about it, the size, the build quality, image quality....but it just didn't seem ever to be the right length on walkabout in a city.

Not a prime, but my Sigma 10-20mm is my ideal walkabout lens of those available at the moment.

Everyone has their favourite, but if you buy good used and it doesn't suit you you won't lose out much.

Northgrain

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 15:07
bforbes wrote:
I see you have 28-105 zoom, have you tried setting it at 35 and 50 and see which you prefer?

This is excellent advice. And check your records/past photos to see what your most used focal length is.

Lots of good options, and we all have our favourite. Bang for bucks the DA35 'plastic fantastic' has a strong reputation. My own favourite walkabout is the DA 40 Ltd - which is an amazingly compact, beautifully made bit of kit with excellent IQ... but be warned also the gateway drug to the rest of the Ltds
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Frogfish

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 15:14
johnriley wrote:
The standard lens is the 35mm f/2.4, which is both inexpensive and excellent. There are lots of variations possible, 50mm being popular but actually a short telephoto. 40mm is of course also either a long standard or short telephoto, depending on your point of view.

What John said above.

On my FF camera I've found that a 35mm is by far my favourite lens - and that equates to the 21mm in Pentaxland. An excellent all rounder for everything from people, places and landscapes.

With the K5 the 15mm (22.5 on FF) and 77mm (115.5 on FF) are the ones that go everywhere with me though the Sigma 30 is my 'normal' lens.

BTW - download 'Photome' and follow the instructions to let it check your image folders - it'll tell you which FL you shoot at most.
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Last Edited by Frogfish on 07/01/2013 - 15:16

mdc

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 15:15
For my style of shooting (landscape/architecture as well as club photography), a 50mm is essentially useless on a crop body. I picked up a DA35 which is a very nice lens, but STILL too long for my liking. My typical "walkabout" lenses on film cameras are usually 28/2.8, but unfortunately there's nothing equivalent to that available for DSLRs at a reasonable pricepoint.

It really depends what you're shooting, but I generally find that there's no such thing as being able to get "too much" in a shot; getting not enough, on the other hand, is a constant pain in the backside.

giofi

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 17:48
Another vote for DA35 2.4.

bforbes wrote:
On a cropped censor the 35mm is supposed to give a view similar to that seen by the human eye. I don't know how they run for price now but the FA 35mm f2 gets some good reviews. link

If I am not mistaken the FA 35 2.0 and the DA 35 2.4 are essentially the same lens? The lens design seems to be the same and the DA 35 is also a full frame lens. Of course the FA construction is better, but for the price the DA 35 2.4 seems unbeatable...
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