Which is better, FE 35 Zeiss or 55?

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by riffbear, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. riffbear

    riffbear New to TalkEmount

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    HI all.

    Im new to the whole E mount range.
    I recently bought a sony A7 camera and am wondering which lens to get for it.
    The 35 or the 55?
    I know the 55 has f/1.8 and the 35 is 2.8..
    So would the 55 be better?

    Id like to shoot portraits and bands in live venues.
    thanks.
     
  2. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Tempted to yell out, you can't say one is better and the other worse!

    But actually, for shooting portraits and especially in low light, the FE 55 probably would be better.

    The 35mm focal length is wider, so you can fit more of a subject into a frame. The best way to figure out which focal length you are looking for is by searching photos in flickr. You can see what other people have been able to do with 35 & 55mm focal lengths.
     
  3. ilovehatephotography

    ilovehatephotography TalkEmount Regular

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    Ed
    They are both really excellent.

    For portraits and live bands, I would definitely go with the 55 f/1.8. The 35mm is usually a little wide for those applications, specially for portrait.
     
  4. riffbear

    riffbear New to TalkEmount

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    Thanks guys.. Hoping to pick up a 55 soon. :)
     
  5. riffbear

    riffbear New to TalkEmount

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    I got to pick up a 55 last night..
    For some reason it seems to focus on one subject rather on lets say 2 people at a time.

    So one would be in focus and the other isn't. This is in AF of course.
    I may have to switch off face detection? or use a higher f stop..
     
  6. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

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    Higher f stop.


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  7. ilovehatephotography

    ilovehatephotography TalkEmount Regular

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    The most reliable AF method for any modern camera when using a large aperture lens, is center point focus, hold, and recompose.




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