Comparison: 35mm fixed focal length vs. 50mm fixed focal length

When can you use which lens? The SIGMA 35mm DG f/1.4 Art has already been presented to you. Today, I’d like to take a closer look on the SIGMA 50mm DG HSM f/1.4 in a comparison to the 35mm fixed focal length. What’s better than a perfect comparison with a tour on the market and all the nice colors? I’ll take you along!

For the photos I used my Canon 5D Mark III



35mm lens



The 35mm fixed focal length is considered to be a general “all-round lens“. For many photographers it is the lens “always ready to shoot”. I love this particular lens as it’s especially suitable for documentaries.  The projected image comes really close to the angle of the human eye. It’s perfect for city trips, photo stories and sometimes even portraits – besides that, the 35mm Sigma Art is very light intense with an aperture of f/1.4.


35 mm

The 50mm fixed focal length, on the other hand, is generally good for portraits. The longer the focal length the nicer the depth-of-field will become. The reason is quite simple: The focused image area becomes narrower and so the subject will be enlarged in the image details.


50 mm

 I’ll show you here what such image details can look like:

35 mm lens





50 mm






 Of course, with all subjects distortion also plays a major role. The general rule is: The distance to the subject to be shot should be far enough in order to avoid distortion as much as possible. For portraits a focal length of 50mm should be used, because otherwise the shapes of the faces of the persons in the picture could vary.

What are your experiences with these two lenses? Which lens do you prefer using?

Just give it a try! Weekend is coming and a walk on the market will definitely pay off.

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