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Old May 12, 2011, 9:00 PM   #1
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I was chatting with a friend who is a Canon shooter.

He asked me if I had my choice of either a Canon 24-70 2.8F or Canon 35mm 1.4L lens on a full frame, which would I prefer.

I said, "Well, they tell me that the 35mm 1.4L is part of the Canon "Holy Trinity" so I'd guess the 35mm would be my choice.

Obviously, I don't know exactly what we'd be shooting. So of course there room for debate. But on the whole, which lens would you rather have in your bag?

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Old May 12, 2011, 9:19 PM   #2
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It depends on how much one needs (or may be want) the f/1.4 aperture...
@ >f/2.8 the 35mm barely edges out the 24-70 (set @ 34mm). For the purist the prime wins here, but then you don't get the other focal lengths of the zoom for that slight marginal win:
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@ f/1.4 the 35mm does get the extra stop but then it's definitively worst in every other optical parameters when opened wider than the zoom!

In the old days it might matter, but with better high ISO dSLRs, I would rather have the convenience of the zoom (as the DOF @ f/1.4 is not that critical for this focal lenght). One mainly get a brighter viewfinder as a benefit, as with most WA, the lens is usually stopped down for better DOF...
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Old May 13, 2011, 2:32 AM   #3
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The convenience of the zoom or the discipline of the 35?

I wouldn't shoot it at f1.4 in general.

So my answer is NEITHER, what I actually want is for Canon to stop mucking about and make some slow L primes:

24 f2.8 L
35 f2 L
50 f2 L
85 f2 L

Cheaper, smaller and lighter than their current monsters, but with all the L goodness i.t.o build quality, coatings, flourite elements, etc.

Never mind, I have my X100, all is good with the world.

Canon 5D2 + 35 L => 3000 and 1500g.
Fuji X100 => 1000 and 400g.

13x19 prints from the X100 are astonishingly good.
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Never mind, I have my X100, all is good with the world...
Now that's an excellent choice!!!
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... On the other hand, I don't mind having one of this in my bag:
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Hi as stated what are you going to shoot. the 35 1.4very very nice but thin DOF at 1.4 the 24-70 2.8 to me is a more versatile lens so I would have that in my bag. But thats MHO
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... On the other hand, I don't mind having one of this in my bag:
http://www.zeiss.com/C1256A770030BCE...25779000246827
Mmm, I do love the Zeiss look.

I think the X100 is going to give a lot of the other manufacturers a bit of a wake-up call.

There is a lot of pent-up demand for simple cameras with good viewfinders. Fuji knew that was the case in Japan, but worldwide demand for the X100 took them completely by surprise.
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