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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Originally posted by jvandegr jvandegr wrote:

I owned the 35mm f/2 for awhile for use as a normal focal length with APS-C.


I have a DT 35mm f1.8 for APS-C use - do you have experience of it? Can you compare it wth the 35mm f2?

I compared them. They are similar on an APS-C camera. My Sony DT is sharper. The Minolta has less fringing in the corners. The Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 USD is better than either.
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Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

The Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 USD is better than either.
and currently available used on eBay Australia (from Japan).eBay link
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 October 2019 at 09:47
Originally posted by clk230 clk230 wrote:

Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

The Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 USD is better than either.
and currently available used on eBay Australia (from Japan).eBay link


Thanks guys

The Australian offer excludes UK purchasers, but there is one available in Germany at the same(ish) price and without the additional import costs which would push the Australian price up well towards Sigma Art pricing.

However, I am not really in the market short term, there are other lenses that are higher on my wants list (unless a bargain comes along).
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

... unless a bargain comes along).


The sister lens - Tamron SP F/1.8 45mm - is now available for Euro 239.99 (new, 5 year guarantee) here.
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Since nobody said it so far, I'll say it.
If you're in the market for a good 35mm prime, the Sony 35/1.8 is a winner, especially if you're on a crop sensor.
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I always thought 35mm was the preferred focal length for photojournalism.
 



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I`ve moved to E mount but kept the 35mm f2 the 100mm 2.8 macro and 200 2.8 APO.Mainly because they are stellar lenses and the market is now so low they perform way better than the price they would acheive and replacing them would cost much more than thier value.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 October 2019 at 00:06
Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

I always thought 35mm was the preferred focal length for photojournalism.

I can't remember the last time I saw a press photographer with a prime.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 October 2019 at 08:05
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

I always thought 35mm was the preferred focal length for photojournalism.

I can't remember the last time I saw a press photographer with a prime.
Just take a look at some sporting event and quite likely the press photographers are using long telephoto primes. Of course, if nowadays you would see a press photographer with a wide-angle prime that sure could be bit more unusual.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 October 2019 at 11:51
Originally posted by Macca Macca wrote:

I`ve moved to E mount but kept the 35mm f2 the 100mm 2.8 macro and 200 2.8 APO.Mainly because they are stellar lenses and the market is now so low they perform way better than the price they would acheive and replacing them would cost much more than thier value.


Doesn't that hold for most of the MAF primes? From what I know, only the MAF 28/2.8 is considered mediocre. For example, both the 85/1.4 and 135/2.8 are going for a song nowadays and they're some of the finest lenses from the MAF line-up.
Also holds for some zooms like the 80-200/2.8 or 70-200/2.8.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 October 2019 at 12:39
Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

I always thought 35mm was the preferred focal length for photojournalism.

I can't remember the last time I saw a press photographer with a prime.
Just take a look at some sporting event and quite likely the press photographers are using long telephoto primes. Of course, if nowadays you would see a press photographer with a wide-angle prime that sure could be bit more unusual.

I was thinking of the golden age of photojournalism when sports and entertainment weren't considered news. I think if you look through the American Presidential photo archives after the establishment of the "official White House photographer" with the Kennedy administration, most of the angle of view looks like a 35mm focal length. I also think this is the reason 35mm primes are expensive, it's a "professional lens" and that profession was photojournalism back when news papers and news magazines use to make a lot of money.
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Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

I was thinking of the golden age of photojournalism when sports and entertainment weren't considered news.
When was this? Already in the 1920's the press was into sports and entertainment - just look at the career of Johnny Weissmuller. On a press camera like the Speed Graphic 35mm is an extreme wide angle

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Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:


I was thinking of the golden age of photojournalism when sports and entertainment weren't considered news.

Sometime prior to the Roman Empire?
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Originally posted by 5thElefant 5thElefant wrote:

Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:


I was thinking of the golden age of photojournalism when sports and entertainment weren't considered news.

Sometime prior to the Roman Empire?


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