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If you had no other option, which prime would you use?

 
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Apr 19, 2011 08:36 |  #31

35L on FF


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Apr 19, 2011 10:26 |  #32

85L on a MKIII or MKIV or IDSMKIII


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Apr 19, 2011 18:15 |  #33

iwasinvertedx wrote in post #12249288 (external link)
it was a curious question about what kind lens people would try to make work for their photography in general.
i know that a wide angle wouldnt be so helpful photographing wildlife from a distance, but the question is about what lens would you use if you had to use something for everything you shoot. essentially, im asking what lens do you feel would generalize the best for your photography

It's never that simple. 90% of my photos are of children. There is no 1 "children" lens. Sometimes I look at a subject (child) and say, "Now that kid is animated and expressive on his/her own - let's whip out the 200mm and shoot some candids."

IMAGE: http://billyngphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/DSC1517.jpg

Other times a kid needs a little "motivation" ... for me to get up close and play peek-a-boo behind the camera or make silly faces to get a laugh or at least some sort of expression. I whip out the 20mm in those cases:

IMAGE: http://billyngphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/DSC51552.jpg

Then there are simply times when a 35mm provides the correct focal length for the distances at hand:

IMAGE: http://billyngphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/DSC7182.jpg

And times when a really fast 50 fits the bill:

IMAGE: http://billyngphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/CRW_6837.jpg

I'm sorry - I just never understand these posts. When you consider how unimportant a lens is to the final photograph in comparison to light, it just makes me cringe. A "If you had no other option, which lighting modifier would you use." thread would be infinitely more useful for aspiring photographers.

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Apr 19, 2011 19:04 |  #34

Bill Ng wrote in post #12255416 (external link)
"If you had no other option, which lighting modifier would you use." .

I'd use a reversible umbrella with a removable reflector so I can use it as a shoot through as this is portable and versatile. I can live with the spill issues vs. a softbox for these other advantages.


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Apr 19, 2011 20:10 as a reply to  @ JeffreyG's post |  #35

My go to prime is the 85l. For me, the 35 is too wide for everyday use. I look for opportunities to use the 135l since it's one awesome lens. I rarely get a bad shot out of it.


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Apr 19, 2011 20:24 |  #36

Well, since I have 2 bodies I guess I am allowed 1 lens per body. 300mm 2.8IS on 1DIV 2/35 Zeiss on 5DII.




  
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Apr 19, 2011 20:38 |  #37

Well, since I have 2 bodies I guess I am allowed 1 lens per body. 300mm 2.8IS on 1DIV 2/35 Zeiss on 5DII.

I didn't know I could cheat like that Gary ! In that case, since I have six bodies......;)


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Apr 19, 2011 20:43 |  #38

george m w wrote in post #12256244 (external link)
I didn't know I could cheat like that Gary ! In that case, since I have six bodies......;)

If that's the case then I'm really in business with three EOS digital bodies and three EOS film bodies! :p


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Apr 19, 2011 20:54 |  #39

Bill Ng wrote in post #12255416 (external link)
It's never that simple. 90% of my photos are of children. There is no 1 "children" lens. Sometimes I look at a subject (child) and say, "Now that kid is animated and expressive on his/her own - let's whip out the 200mm and shoot some candids."

Other times a kid needs a little "motivation" ... for me to get up close and play peek-a-boo behind the camera or make silly faces to get a laugh or at least some sort of expression. I whip out the 20mm in those cases:

Then there are simply times when a 35mm provides the correct focal length for the distances at hand:

And times when a really fast 50 fits the bill:

I'm sorry - I just never understand these posts. When you consider how unimportant a lens is to the final photograph in comparison to light, it just makes me cringe. A "If you had no other option, which lighting modifier would you use." thread would be infinitely more useful for aspiring photographers.

You make very valid points and i completely agree. lenses are not the only important factors in photography.
but hey this thread was all in good fun.


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Apr 19, 2011 20:58 |  #40

It would be the 50L.


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Apr 19, 2011 21:02 |  #41

You make very valid points and i completely agree. lenses are not the only important factors in photography.
but hey this thread was all in good fun.

And it also makes a person stop and think for a minute about what focal length really suits your personal style of shooting. That's why I chose a longer focal length as "my choice", because more of my shots that I really like a lot tend to come from the 200 or 300 F/L. And since my 200 is faster than my 300, it made it my "choice".
Obviously, I would not want to give up any of my lenses, but that's not what the thread is about.


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Apr 19, 2011 21:03 |  #42

I vote for three on an EOS body, all manual focus - so the cost is right!

Nikkor 50 f2
Nikkor 105 2.5
Nikkor 180 2.8


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Apr 19, 2011 21:12 |  #43

If I were restricted to just one prime, I'd choose either a 50mm f/1.2L or maybe the Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar ZE. Probably the L. I don't have either yet, but one day I'll see which one I go for and how much I like it.


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Apr 19, 2011 21:12 |  #44

35L on my 5D II and the 7D.


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Apr 20, 2011 03:35 |  #45

When i go out without bag i take most 35L and sometimes 85L.


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