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  1. #1 35mm or 135mm ? 
    Hello there, a bit of an odd topic here :)

    I have got a Zeiss CP.3 kit of 4 lens: 15mm, 25mm, 50mm, 85mm

    Now I want to add a 5th lens. Unfortunatelly I have money only for 1 lens.

    So I wonder, what lens would be more practical to complement my existing kit - the 35mm or the 135mm ?

    I am shooting 90% of the time with a S35 sensor and only 10% with Full Frame.

    Any thoughts will be appreciated!
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    Well the 135mm might get you shooting full frame more often. (maybe I misunderstood .... do you have Two sensors?). I guess I still say .... get the 135mm ... great for Sergio Leone closeups! And 'B' roll.
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    I'm going to have to go with George on this one.

    You already have a decent selection of wide lenses, I'd for sure add the 135mm.
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    35mm is the lens to have in s35mm
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    Dump the 25 and get both the 35 and the 135
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Butterfield View Post
    Well the 135mm might get you shooting full frame more often. (maybe I misunderstood .... do you have Two sensors?). I guess I still say .... get the 135mm ... great for Sergio Leone closeups! And 'B' roll.
    My own camera is the Ursa Mini 4.6K which is "S35", so I use it most oftenly. We had a bigger shoot where we rented a Red Monstro, to use again with that Zeiss kit. But that is a rare occasion and maybe the whole sensor debate is not the most important for decision. In practice there were far less occasions, when I needed the 135mm. Maybe 8 out of 10 times on set I needed 35mm, and only 2 times I need 135mm. I guess I am answering my own question here :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry VerHaar View Post
    Dump the 25 and get both the 35 and the 135
    good point!
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    For me, 35mm for sure.

    Vintage Cooke focal lengths if I remember right are 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 75. Arri Mk 2 is 16, 24, 32, 40, 50, 85. Schneider 18, 28, 35, 40, 50, 75. (Too big a gap with Schneider on the wide end.) A lot of focal lengths between 25mm and 50mm...

    I think Deakins said if he could use six focal lengths it would be 21, 27, 32, 35, 40, 50. So he does most of his shooting between 25mm and 50mm it seems.

    That area around the normal (28mm on S35) is where it all happens. Unless you're Tony Scott. Anyway, you should know your style better than we do but I would say 35mm for sure.
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    I spend much more of my time from 18-100 than I do anywhere else and I'm often at 35mm. I would say that's a more needed lens. And if you're renting, the 135 is optional, but not having a 35 is a big gap.
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    Do you want to tell us what you are shooting?
    Fiction, music clips and commercials might require different setups.
    I would be missing a macro option in your current kit.
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