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Jun 21, 2011 23:12 |  #1

Does anyone shoot with just primes? Good idea? Bad idea? Depending on your shooting habits? I was just curious as I was going some research and I see a lot of people very happy with the results of their prime lenses.

MY real overall question for this post though is, What is the benefit to using primes that makes many people happy with them?




  
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Jun 21, 2011 23:14 |  #2

aperture sharper bokeh. i use just primes at first i was kind of scared to try them now its all i use right now i have a 50 and 85 i had a 24 before but sold it to fund a upgrade but that deal fell through now im looking at either a 24 tse next or a 135l next


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Jun 21, 2011 23:17 |  #3

I've always only shot primes. Jeff sums it up pretty well. I've shot with a 28mm, 50mm, and 300mm and they were all phenomenal. I'm down to just a 50 1.4 now.

I've rented a 24-70 before, and just never liked it as much as everyone raves. I do love the 17-40, and that will probably be one of the only zooms I'll get. A 135L looks like a nice coming soon lens for me as well.


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Jun 21, 2011 23:23 |  #4

When shooting with primes is it better focus than a zoom?




  
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Jun 21, 2011 23:36 |  #5

It locks focus faster. Focusing is all dependent on the user.


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Jun 21, 2011 23:50 |  #6

all of those are true. except unless its having to move a massive chunk of glass like a 85 f/1.2 never used one just heard it was slow focusing but everything else is epic

theant is correct. and also i forgot i also had a 28 in there 2 times along with a 17-40 2 times and a 30 when i was shooting on a crop body. yea my friend asked me for a lens recommendation i said a 30 f/1.4 or a 50 variant he got the 50 and hes hooked on primes. they are addictive really. i use primes because ishoot mainly concerts where its low low light


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Jun 21, 2011 23:51 |  #7

Is there a style of photography that primes are more commonly used in than others. What I mean by this is, would you see primes being used more in one area of photography than in others such as portrait, wildlife, landscape, etc.




  
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Jun 21, 2011 23:51 |  #8

I have the 135 f/2 and I absolutely love it




  
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Jun 21, 2011 23:52 |  #9

imposterjeff wrote in post #12636592 (external link)
all of those are true. except unless its having to move a massive chunk of glass like a 85 f/1.2 never used one just heard it was slow focusing but everything else is epic

Yeah, it is legendary for slow focusing (the mk1 that is). The mk2 AF speed is nearly twice as fast as the original.


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Jun 21, 2011 23:54 |  #10

MOkoFOko wrote in post #12636605 (external link)
Yeah, it is legendary for slow focusing (the mk1 that is). The mk2 AF speed is nearly twice as fast as the original.

whats funny was editing it when you quoted that


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Jun 22, 2011 00:48 |  #11

IMO primes are great for portraits and still photos. For events I feel I really need the flexibility of a zoom.




  
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Jun 22, 2011 00:50 as a reply to  @ imposterjeff's post |  #12

I have four primes,, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Macro, EF 50mm /1.4, EF 85mm f/1.8 and 135L.

I love shooting with primes mainly for their quick focusing and wide maximum apetures. Bokeh has little influence in my shooting.

When I shoot portraiture, the first lens I reach for is a prime.


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Jun 22, 2011 00:51 |  #13

paperdesk wrote in post #12636888 (external link)
IMO primes are great for portraits and still photos. For events I feel I really need the flexibility of a zoom.

Me too...


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Jun 22, 2011 00:57 |  #14

I switched to primes and I must say that it is quite annoying if you only have one body since you would have to switch the lenses a lot. The buttery bokeh is worth it though.


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Jun 22, 2011 01:01 |  #15

I shoot with primes, when I could handle the distance between me and the subject and for still life and portrait. Doing travel photography with only prime lens is nearly impossible, except you have a lot of camera body.


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