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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:21 pm 
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Hi everyone! I did some research and still can't decide. As Sony is offering cashback on some of their lenses, i was thinking about these two.
Macro would be brilliant, but there is always BUT - i also want lens for low light pet photography (example included).

Which would be better, price is +/- the same, so I am more interested in performance, is F1.8 THAT much better then F2.8.


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yes 1.8 is much better than 2.8. 1.4 is even better. :D
But what are you chasing, image quality, low light or dof?

This is just my thoughts, large aperture like 1.8 or even 1.4 is great for portrait type shot and low light ability. 2.8 only if its in the longer focal length or a zoom.

For macro, I find around a 100 a good working range as you don`t have to get too close to the subject, 30 maybe too short for macro work. A 2.8 30macro would need to be very close to the subject, but not that bright for low light photography and have limited depth of field for portrait type work.

From what I have gathered with my lenses I would get the 50 1.8 lens out of the two you mentioned. But now that I have the 50 1.8 I want the 1.4.

The 85 1.8 is very nice and I would now love a prime around the 28-35 range in 1.4 or 1.8.

Sony also make a 35 1.8
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Thanks for reply.
Probably I'm after image quality and low light, dof would be good for portraits.
As this is my first prime lens, i will go for F1.8.

The only difference between 35mm F1.8 and 50mm F1.8 is focal lenght, right? :?:

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yes I believe so. Have a play with your current zoom lens and see which focal length you prefer.

If it was me I would get the 35 1.8 with the view of getting the 50 1.4 later.
I find the 35 range more useful on cropped bodies. Maybe have a google and compare the three.

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Thanks, I went for 50mm F1.8 :)
Is there anything i should know, to get most out of the lens? :) 8)

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