Alright friends, let's be honest, I feel like I sat all day thinking about this topic and how I wanted us to chat about it. Mostly, because I really enjoy our 35mm lens and while it it's very similar to the 50mm lens it was so refreshing especially when paired with a crop sensor body. I've shot with a crop sensor camera body for years and I still do, but you can definitely see a difference between the 50mm and the 35mm, when paired with the crop sensor body and a full frame body.
I have had a few readers share with me their dissappoint with the 50mm lens and how often they have to step backwards to get everything in the frame. Or they are simply in to close of quarters to see everything that they want. Today we're going to take a look through the 35mm, on a crop sensor body and a full frame body.
THE 35MM ON A CROP SENSOR BODY
It was so nice and exciting when I put our 35mm lens on our Nikon D300s, which is a crop sensor body. When Tyler and I were preparing for our move from LA to New York we talked about all the photos we wanted to take and I mentioned to him that it would be tough to take pictures while inside the car with the 50mm, because things would just be to close. The day that we picked up our trailer for our move Tyler surprised with with a 35mm lens.
The biggest thing I want to point out about the 35mm paired with a crop sensor body is that you are able to get so much more in frame. Above you can see the difference between a 35mm lens and a 50mm lens on a crop sensor body. When shooting with a crop sensor body and a 50mm lens, you can tell that things are pretty tight and close. However, you can tell with a crop sensor body and a 35mm lens there is so much more to capture in frame. Wowza, that's a pretty big difference, don't you think?
THE 35MM ON A FULL FRAME BODY
Above you can see the difference between a 35mm lens and a 50mm lens on a full frame body. Comparing the two you can see that the 35mm on a crop sensor body looks incredibly similar to the 50mm on a full frame body. And you can see the 35mm on a full frame provides for a much wider frame. One thing that you'll run into while pairing a 35mm with a full frame body is distortion around the very edges of the photo. With the full frame body you are able to get every little bit in frame with the 35mm.
THE BENEFITS OF A 35MM LENS
One thing that is so great about the 35mm lens is that it has very similar benefits of the 50mm lens. It's lightweight, it has a great low f-stop providing for beautiful bokeh, it's provides amazing quality, and it's so versatile. During our last trip to New York City, we took our Nikon D300s (crop sensor body) paired with our 35mm and our photos came out beautiful. Often times when I'm looking for photos shot with each specific lens, I'm not always sure which one was shot with the 50mm and which one was shot with the 35mm without checking the specific photo info.
One of my favorite things about the 35mm lens is that when I pair it with our crop sensor body we are able to get so much more in frame. It feels just like we're shooting with the 50mm lens on our full frame body. For those shooting with a crop sensor body, investing in a 35mm lens will allow you to shoot with the sense of a full frame. You won't have to step back as far to capture as much as you're hoping for.
Which lens are you currently shooting with, the 50mm or the 35mm? Which is your favorite? Are you in the market to get your hands on the 35mm?