I am pretty new to photography. I have an APS-C camera, Canon 77D with a EF-S 18-135mm kit lens. I want a prime lens for shooting nice bokeh portraits along with street and day to day life photography in day and night. I have looked at tons of video references for the:
Canon 50mm f1.4 (Really attracted to it because of the big apperture 1.4)
Canon 35mm f2 (It has IS and relatively new model when compared with the 50mm)
But could not decide which one should I go for. I have heard that over the years I would get AF problems with the Canon 50mm as it is an older model. Is it true for all the Canon 50mm f1.4 (older model) lens and unavoidable? Could you guys please help me choose one along with the pros and cons of one with the other for the type of photography which I mentioned?
Thank you for the help. These past few days I had tested both 50mmf1.4 and 35mmf2.. and at the end I decided to stick with 35mmf2. The reasons are as follows:
The 50mm is really soft at f1.4 and starts to give sharp performance from f2.5. From f2.8 it is really sharp. The 35mm is really sharp from f2. If I buy a lens I would like to use it from the widest aperture which was not the case for me in 50mm. Again it is an old lens and next best 50mm costs 1300 EUR. Personally I found it too soft for me. Other photographers might like it. Someone in this question's answer suggested me not to buy the 50mm for this reason as I remember. Thank you and sorry not to trust you before.
Image stabilization is a big plus in 35mm. Its good and gives stabilised images till 1/10 of a sec handheld. After that depends on luck actually or might need tripod 🙂
The crop factor makes the 50mm - 85mm and 35mm - 56mm on my Canon 77D APS-C camera. After 2 days of street, daily life and portrait photography, with each lenses, I found 35mm to suit more, my style of photography. Really, spending time did wonders in making the decision.
The bokeh is acceptable in 35mm though it is f2. You could see the background a bit more than 50mm at f1.4 but then sharpness is a bit less and without IS in 50mm. With 35mm I can be sure that images will have blurry background and sharp focus at f2. In 50mm I cannot be sure for every image at f1.4. It was kind of gamble so again, I went with 35mm with decent bokeh and blurry background.
Build quality is better in 35mm than in 50mm. Currently the 50mm lens is made in Malaysia and 35mm is made in Japan. That doesn't mean that Malaysia products are bad. This is just an information I think I should include as previously 50mmf1.4 lenses were manufactured in Japan.
Overall I got my answer. The price is a bit higher for 35mmf2, but was ok for me. Thank you again all for your knowledge sharing as I gained a lot from the answers and comments. Please do feel free to correct me somewhere if I am wrong. We will talk again on some future discussion for sure 😃 namaste 🙏🏾