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Discussion in 'General Photography Discussion' started by DaveX, Nov 13, 2017 at 3:36 PM.

  1. DaveX

    DaveX Premium Member

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    I had put some money aside so I could get the 35mm f2 at Christmas, so I gave the money to my mother for safe keeping ( I am terrible with it ). Well I have come back from mums today and she said that if as I gave her the money to keep she would put more to it and get me the 50-140mm, if I go for it then it would be in the summer I`d get the 35mm. I do shoot wildlife and landscapes and since mum has given me a choice I have been looking at reviews of the 50-140mm and think I`d be fine with it. So what I am saying is, would you get the 50-140mm this year, then get the 35mm next summer ? I could never get the 50-140mm on my own either.
     
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    The 50-140 is an excellent lens that I would not miss an opportunity to acquire.
    The 35mm is fine but you already have that focal length in several iterations and the fast 50-140 can do things your other lenses cannot. Such as your dog running and playing, for example. It is much larger and heavier than your other lenses, though - might need to pony up for another bag...
     
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    Get it while you can. It's way more versatile and will help you define a look, while the 35....not so much!
     
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    Thank you, she did say I could have a choice if any other lens was cheaper so I said, there is the 90mm f2 or 16-55mm. It was mum who said about the 50-140mm. I`ve got some serious thinking to do now then.
     
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    I'd go with the 35mm, you've already got zoom lenses that cover the range you're looking at, but as far as I can tell you don't have a fast prime. Having one focal length eliminates the tyranny of choice and is actually a lot of fun. Give your Mum a big hug and thank her for her generosity regardless though.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    The 35mm f2 barely leaves one of my XT-2s (whichever one I'm mainly using - I like to rotate them), but if my mum was offering to pony up for a 50-140 I'd take her a cup of tea to have in bed every morning for the next year (and she lives 150 miles away).
     
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    You could say I was gobsmacked, giving me a choice of either the 50-140mm or 90mm f2, as I said I would not go for the 16-55mm.
     
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    The 35mm f/2 cost about $400 usd.

    The 50-140mm f/2.8 cost about $1500 usd.

    Your mother has promised to keep the money you gave her to hold for you and add enough money to buy you the 50-140mm by Christmas of this year.

    How much money did you give your mother to hold?

    Assuming you gave her $400 usd or less, I would take the deal!
     
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    It's a generous offer and I'm sure your Mum would appreciate you thinking about it - rather than simply snapping her hand off!

    Simplistically you already have a very wide range of focal lengths with the two XC lenses. Actually for the money these cost they are remarkably good lenses (and light/easy to carry). So an important question would be "why would you need anything else?". Now I don't say that because I don't think there's any point in having something else. Just that it is the question upon which you should focus. In effect - what is it that you most want to be able to do that you can't do currently?

    For example - comparatively good though the 50-230 is - it cannot match the 50-140 for quality and fast aperture. But the 50-140 is much heavier (and a smaller range unless you add the 1.4x Teleconverter at some stage). I personally would choose my 50-140 any time I thought it was likely to be needed. My 50-230 would only go in the bag "just in case" if I didn't expect to need a Telephoto. But that's me - not you. So you need to think about how best to spend that generous offer in a way that will give maximum benefit to your Photography? Then go out and get some fantastic shots, frame them up, and present them to your Mum!
     
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    Hi I gave my mum £430 as the lens will come from either Jessops or Wex. I have just been looking and the 90mm f2 is lighter, I don`t won`t to make a mistake and get a lens that is too heavy so I might go to Jessops and see if they have both lenses in as it might help me decide.
     
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    Definitely a good plan - the 50-140 is heavy. Good - but heavy.
     
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    I do like the thought of having a 137 fixed focal length if I am right about the 90mm and it would be a lot lighter.
     
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    But not quite as light as the XC Tele-zoom (540 vs 375). How often do you use (or COULD you have used) the 90mm focal length on your existing lens?
     
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    The only time I used full 230 zoom was at our local airshow. I only really zoom if I have too.
     
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    They are two very different beasts.
    I personally love the little 35 f/2 for it's form factor. I leave it on the X-T20 as my general take-everywhere combo and it delivers great images.

    The 50-140 is versatile, very sharp, gives you way more reach but it's heavy and clunky.

    Depends what you need and what you're after.

    You have a great mum, by the way :)
     
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    If it were me I'd go with the 35. I have lots of glass between 50 and 200 for other systems though. Adding Fuji to my kit was about size and weight. I hear great things about the 50-140 but I also hear its big and heavy. Good luck with the decision. Seems like a win for you either way.
     
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    Thank you both, in between doing a edit I have phoned mum and said, Thank you very much for the fantastic offer but as I want to look to the long term ( Me getting older hah and weight ) I will stick to my first choice and go with the 35mm. Part of me does not want mum spending her well earned cash on me at that price.
     
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    That 35 is a pocket rocket and I really think you'll enjoy it!
    It's so small and inconspicuous that it travels well in a small bag and is unobtrusive and not all 'in your face'

    I shot this last week night during a dress rehearsal, 35mm wide open at f/2 1600 iso under artificial light

    FUJZ3859-IreneMcC.jpg
     
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    That is a lovely shot Irene, and thank you all again for the help. Deep down there was know way I`d let mum spend that much on me and she is happy if I am. Roll on when I get the 35mm, as I think I will have to change my zooming to my feet :)
     
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