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    35 Mm fe or 55 mm fe?

    I have a a7 and kit zoom. I wish to add a prime lens. Should it be a 35mm fe, or a 55 mm fe? Obviously there is a difference in both focal length, and aperture. These differences aside what should I choose? I shoot mostly landscapes, street, and travel photos.

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    Re: 35 Mm fe or 55 mm fe?

    It really depends on you but I would say 35 as it just a nicer travel type lens. But you could flip that to a 55 and still be correct. Its a tough call. I'm more a 35 guy but that's me.
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    Re: 35 Mm fe or 55 mm fe?

    I would opt for the FE 35, too. Not only because of its FOV, but also due to its size (the hood is tiny, but seems to be effective).

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    Re: 35 Mm fe or 55 mm fe?

    in the street, the 55 will get you a few steps farther away from your subject, the 35 needs you closer if you want to eliminate more background confusion.

    how you work will do it. i prefer 35 (or 28), and 75mm, don't seem to use my 50 so much, but it can depend on your mood. usually i bring two lenses only

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    Re: 35 Mm fe or 55 mm fe?

    Like others have said, "depends". Depends on your style and requirements.
    I took a Leica X-1 through Europe a few months ago, fixed 24mm (so "effective" 35mm) and wondered if I would find it too limiting. Quite the opposite, nothing else to carry, just the camera with fixed lens. Yes, I missed a few shots, but the others were all there, and I possibly got more because I wasn't faffing around switching lenses, or trying to decide.
    So, when my A7R arrived, the only lens I got was the 35/2.8. Yes, I have tried the CV25mm and the Canon 50mm f1.2, plus an R 100/4 macro, but in reality, the 35/2.8 lives on the front.
    Like Jim, I feel 35 and 75 would be all I needed. Hopefully there will be an FE72 soon?
    So, my suggestion: FE35.
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