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Old 24-09-2014, 20:11   #1 (permalink)
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I have a dilemma. I'm looking to buy a prime, fast lens. I've looked around and now I'm faced with the decision of what focal length to get. I have a crop sensor nikon. So a 35 would be equivilant to ~50 and a 50 would be equivilant to ~75. Which lens would you recommend for indoor studio work, portrait, and general outdoor work.
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Re: 35mm or 50mm

For portraits I'd go for the 50mm every time - but do you have enough room in your studio for this focal length?

I've got access to a fairly large studio and my favourite studio lens is an 80-200 f2.8 followed by an 85mm f1.8 prime, but both give me issues when doing full length shots and I have to use every inch of the length of the studio. This is with a full frame camera so no crop factor.
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As you have a 18-55 you could almost answer your own question. If you are using Lightroom to organise your photos, or something similar, most times the focal length you have been using for any one shot will have been recorded, It is then simply a matter if running a query, asking your photo organiser for the focal length that you use most. If it is near the 50mm then choose the 50mm, near the 35mm then choose the 35mm. That would match the lens to your own style.

For the rest it depends on the portraits you want to take or the type of outdoor shots you want to take. There is not really a best lens for everybody, and every situation. If it is just for portraits (head and shoulders) I would go for something even longer than 50mm, and for full length then either the 35 or the 50 would do, but the 50 would be less imposing and give a better perspective. Others will have different opinions, again depending upon their own individual style.
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