15 Reasons to Love Your 35mm Lens

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f2 IS product images (7 of 7)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.8

The 35mm lens is one that has been used by countless photojournalists to document every day life. But it’s also very popular among those that capture candids in the street, weddings, and just so much more.

Here’s why you should love your 35mm lens.

For Some of Us, It really is The Way That We See the World

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 review images (11 of 16)ISO 4001-1250 sec at f - 2.0

Chances Are That They’ll Focus Really Closely

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 35mm f1.4 Canon EF review photos (8 of 13)ISO 4001-6400 sec at f - 1.4

It’s Arguably The Most Versatile Focal Length for Street Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 35mm f1.4 first impressions (18 of 20)ISO 100

They’re the Perfect Balance Between Wide and Normal

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f2 IS image samples (8 of 9)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 2.8

Full Body Portraits Are Super Easy in Tight Spots

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35mm is the Most Bokehlicious of the Wide Angles

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r review photos brooklyn bridge reddit walk (4 of 14)ISO 1001-800 sec at f - 3.2

They’re Excellent For Wedding Candids

Mary and Tommy Sutor's Wedding Batch 2 (140 of 149)ISO 64001-60 sec at f - 1.8

They Teach You to Get Close, But Not Uber Close

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7 and 35mm f2.8 image samples (11 of 13)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

In Split Second Situations, They’ll Teach You to React Quickly

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They’re the Perfect Walkaround Lens for Folks That Want to Shoot Anything

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica S2 Block Party at Grand St (2 of 13)ISO 160

They’re the Widest Focal Length That Can Still Give You a Cinematic Look

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica X2s last day (11 of 18)

They Can Shoot Concerts One Second

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 final review photos (5 of 8)ISO 64001-50 sec at f - 2.2

And Whatever You Want the Next Second

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 more street photography (5 of 10)ISO 2001-90 sec at f - 2.8

They’re Just Wide Enough Where You Won’t Really Need Stabilization

Pro Tip: The zone focusing system requires using the depth of field scale on your lens. It tells you that at a given distance and when the lens is stopped down at a given aperture, a certain range of subject material will be in focus.

Pro Tip: The zone focusing system requires using the depth of field scale on your lens. It tells you that at a given distance and when the lens is stopped down at a given aperture, a certain range of subject material will be in focus.

A 35mm Can Make You Fall in Love With Photography All Over Again

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.