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Why you need a 35mm lens

Updated on October 22, 2013
Photography by Edward M. Fielding
Photography by Edward M. Fielding | Source

Discover the wonders of 35mm prime lens

Some of the world best photographs have been captured on a 35mm lens. Its the choice of film makers and photojournalists.

Why is this focal length so special in the world of photography? It because of the great storytelling ability of this focal length, just wide enough to include elements surrounding the subject to add a sense of place to the image but not so wide that the subject gets lost.

  1. Composition - The 35 mm on a full frame camera is best at mimicking the human eye. That's why its the choice of cinematographers.
  2. Fixed Focal Length - No lazy zooming with this prime lens. You need to walk around to find the best composition. It makes one a better photographer.
  3. For Weddings - Many photographers use the 35mm for weddings because of its versatility indoors and outdoors.
  4. For Landscapes - A great choice for landscapes with close ups of objects in the foreground with great depth of field.
  5. For Video - 35mm is the best focal length for videography. The focal length is wide enough to prevent camera shake but not so wide that you lose your subject. You can get closeups and a cenematic quality out of these prime lens.
  6. Storytelling - The 35mm lens allows you to capture your subject relative to their environment. That's why its so popular with press photographers who need to tell a story with their photographs. Hard to tell a story when you are zoomed in on a subject.

Basically the 35mm focal length gives the photographer a tremendous range of versatility. From close up macro shots, to portraits, to street photography, landscapes and video.
The lens from leading manufactures offer sharp focus and fast aperatures making them great for low light situations.

50mm vs 35mm - A new standard

On a standard 35mm film camera or full frame DSLR, 50mm lens are known as a standard lens meaning they are suppose to represent the view of a human. But in reality they are a bit tighter than what you see. A 43 mm lens would better represent a human's view. So a 35 mm is just a bit wider. On a crop sensor camera, the 35 is really like having a 50 mm.

So basically a 35mm is a standard lens, just a bit wider instead of the 50mm which is a bit more tight.


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    • peanutroaster profile image

      peanutroaster 4 years ago from New England

      Special photographs?

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Yes, 35mm lens is very useful for special photographs. However a wide-normal zoom lens like 28-70mm or 35-70mm is better for function photography.

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