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Jan 19, 2012 22:23 |  #2101

idsurfer wrote in post #13735494 (external link)
Well, I tried...I have had nothing but a couple prime lenses for quite a while, 30 and 85. That little nag with regards to the convenience of a a zoom kept coming back from time to time. However, I had not had nor needed anything with any real reach for a while. So I thought to myself, maybe I should try one of these great 70-200 2.8 lenses out that I keep hearing are so fabulous. I even went out there to ask prime lovers if I would be disappointed. In the end, I should have listened. If I would have just read between the lines in that thread, it was so easy to see that the general consensus was that primes just offer something special that the zoom cannot. Period. Nonetheless, I got a nice deal on a Sigma 70-200 2.8 took it for a test drive. While this thing was an absolute beauty, I just could not get past the fact that 2.8 was just a hair on the softer side. 3.2 and down Great! But coming from a prime past, 3.2 just seemed so small. How the heck could I ever use that in low light without a flash? (I do love flash work) So, in the end, I decided to pass the great deal on to someone who will certainly get much more enjoyment out of that HUGE lens than I. I guess I am just a sucker for the super fast, wide aperture, beautiful bokeh, compact/portability, excitement of the foot zoom, the prime lens offers. So what to do now??? I bought my first L glass!!! 135 L on the way baby!! Woo Hoo!

You sound like me. I have a 30, 50 and 85. I keep thinking... 70-200 2.8???

I will probably take the exact same road you did. I was watching DigitalRev's review of the 135L last night thinking..."Someday, I will have that beautiful piece of glass!"


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Jan 19, 2012 22:37 |  #2102

I've just rounded out my Zeiss collection... 21, 28, 35/1.4, 50 MP, 100 MP.
I can stop now, my life is complete :)


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Jan 20, 2012 03:16 |  #2103

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Lucky you! Which shop do you mean? Yes viaduct, wilrijk, well spotted on a soft pic!

Foto Rubens, Wilrijk


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Jan 20, 2012 03:19 |  #2104

idsurfer wrote in post #13735494 (external link)
Well, I tried...I have had nothing but a couple prime lenses for quite a while, 30 and 85. That little nag with regards to the convenience of a a zoom kept coming back from time to time. However, I had not had nor needed anything with any real reach for a while. So I thought to myself, maybe I should try one of these great 70-200 2.8 lenses out that I keep hearing are so fabulous. I even went out there to ask prime lovers if I would be disappointed. In the end, I should have listened. If I would have just read between the lines in that thread, it was so easy to see that the general consensus was that primes just offer something special that the zoom cannot. Period. Nonetheless, I got a nice deal on a Sigma 70-200 2.8 took it for a test drive. While this thing was an absolute beauty, I just could not get past the fact that 2.8 was just a hair on the softer side. 3.2 and down Great! But coming from a prime past, 3.2 just seemed so small. How the heck could I ever use that in low light without a flash? (I do love flash work) So, in the end, I decided to pass the great deal on to someone who will certainly get much more enjoyment out of that HUGE lens than I. I guess I am just a sucker for the super fast, wide aperture, beautiful bokeh, compact/portability, excitement of the foot zoom, the prime lens offers. So what to do now??? I bought my first L glass!!! 135 L on the way baby!! Woo Hoo!

You should have tried the 70-200 F2.8 IS ;)


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Jan 20, 2012 03:39 |  #2105

Dawud wrote in post #13736352 (external link)
Foto Rubens, Wilrijk


I already heard of it, but I didn't know it was located in Wilrijk.



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Jan 20, 2012 07:14 |  #2106

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You should have tried the 70-200 F2.8 IS ;)

Not in the cards for this grad student/family man/ hobbyist at this time. I know it is supposed to be great. Couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger. Not to mention I am one of those who doesn't want to lug around a HUGE piece of gear either. Not to mention with being white it screams "Check me out, I'm the big camera guy!!" Not what I need for cruzin' the greenbelt with my kids.


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Jan 20, 2012 08:15 |  #2107

I had my first exposure to primes when I borrowed a nikon body + 50 f1.4 and it was a revelation. Now with the 85 f1.8, I am always in shock at how sweet this lens is. The bokeh, colour saturation and sharpness is in a word, awesome.............. All I can say is that when I use this lens beautiful things just happen. I know now that a 50 f1.4 will be my next lens and 1 or 2 mf lens. There is absolutely nothing like a prime unless I am shown otherwise.


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Jan 20, 2012 09:49 |  #2108

F-Stran wrote in post #13736963 (external link)
I had my first exposure to primes when I borrowed a nikon body + 50 f1.4 and it was a revelation. Now with the 85 f1.8, I am always in shock at how sweet this lens is. The bokeh, colour saturation and sharpness is in a word, awesome.............. All I can say is that when I use this lens beautiful things just happen. I know now that a 50 f1.4 will be my next lens and 1 or 2 mf lens. There is absolutely nothing like a prime unless I am shown otherwise.

Which Nikon body did you use with the 50 f/1.4? How did it compare to the Canon stuff you've used?




  
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Jan 20, 2012 14:34 |  #2109

actprivate wrote in post #13735272 (external link)
Well having an FF and an APS-C body, with your current line up, you have the following effective FOVs:

FF: 24, 100, 135
1.6X: 38, 160, 216

Assuming you did not have any bias against a particular focal length (ignoring your comment re 50 mm), then a 50 mm prime will fill the gap between 38 and 100 that currently exists in your line up. With a 50 mm prime between your cameras, you'll have:

24, 38, 50, 80, 100, 135, 160, 216

How's that as food for thought? :-)

Well don ap! Good recommendation. I kind a like it. (smile)
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Jan 20, 2012 15:15 |  #2110

idsurfer wrote in post #13735494 (external link)
Well, I tried...I have had nothing but a couple prime lenses for quite a while, 30 and 85. That little nag with regards to the convenience of a a zoom kept coming back from time to time. However, I had not had nor needed anything with any real reach for a while. So I thought to myself, maybe I should try one of these great 70-200 2.8 lenses out that I keep hearing are so fabulous. I even went out there to ask prime lovers if I would be disappointed. In the end, I should have listened. If I would have just read between the lines in that thread, it was so easy to see that the general consensus was that primes just offer something special that the zoom cannot. Period. Nonetheless, I got a nice deal on a Sigma 70-200 2.8 took it for a test drive. While this thing was an absolute beauty, I just could not get past the fact that 2.8 was just a hair on the softer side. 3.2 and down Great! But coming from a prime past, 3.2 just seemed so small. How the heck could I ever use that in low light without a flash? (I do love flash work) So, in the end, I decided to pass the great deal on to someone who will certainly get much more enjoyment out of that HUGE lens than I. I guess I am just a sucker for the super fast, wide aperture, beautiful bokeh, compact/portability, excitement of the foot zoom, the prime lens offers. So what to do now??? I bought my first L glass!!! 135 L on the way baby!! Woo Hoo!

You bought about the best L glass there is for sale, way to go man! :)

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Jan 20, 2012 15:38 |  #2111

So this is where you guys are....


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Jan 20, 2012 16:44 |  #2112

charlemagne wrote in post #13739123 (external link)
You bought about the best L glass there is for sale, way to go man! :)

Ch.


This comment makes me very happy!!

So someone tell me tell me how I can replace what I was getting from my Sigma 30 1.4 on my crop. That was such a great lens and sharp as can be. I always wished it was a tad wider. I am now using a 5DII. I feel the Sigma 50 might be a skiff on the long side. I am leaning toward the 35 mm stuff. I just cannot bring myself to plunk down for the 35L. There has to be a 400ish dollar option out there for a slightly wider prime, right?


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Jan 21, 2012 00:22 |  #2113

F-Stran wrote in post #13736963 (external link)
I had my first exposure to primes when I borrowed a nikon body + 50 f1.4 and it was a revelation. Now with the 85 f1.8, I am always in shock at how sweet this lens is. The bokeh, colour saturation and sharpness is in a word, awesome.............. All I can say is that when I use this lens beautiful things just happen. I know now that a 50 f1.4 will be my next lens and 1 or 2 mf lens. There is absolutely nothing like a prime unless I am shown otherwise.

I feel the same about that 85...maybe it's just he FL because owners of the Canon 85 love it the same way we love our Nikkor...


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Jan 21, 2012 00:54 |  #2114

I'm using FF.
I bought my first Zeiss last year, it was 50 MP. I'm floored. Since then, I got 21 ZE, 2/35 ZF, 100 MP, and then recently I sold my 35L and 2/35 ZF to fund for 1.4/35 ZE. I never thought that I would sell my lovely 35L. It was my most used lens, and I was very happy with it. But now I couldn't be happier. Looking at my favorite pics last year, almost all of them were taken by Zeiss glasses. I guess I can say that Zeiss makes my pics look better.
Beside those ZEs, I also have 85L and 70-200 IS II. I still think that 85L is the best 85mm Canon mount lens in the market. It's not perfect though. Focus shift in 85 ZE makes me hesitate to get that lens. While QC issue in Sigma 85 is a NO for me. My 85L, while slow, it focuses accurately.
BTW, previously I also used and then sold these glasses: 50 1.4 Canon, 50 1.8, Canon, 50 1.4, Sigma, 85 1.8 Canon, 100mm f2.8 macro Canon, 135L Canon, 28-75 Tamron, 17-85 EF-S, 10-22 EF-S, 70-200 F4 L IS Canon.

Having used lots of glasses, now I can conclude that Zeiss 21, 35 1.4, 50Mp, 100MP, plus 85L and (prime-like) 70-200 IS II is a perfect setup for me :)


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Jan 21, 2012 01:40 |  #2115

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I have a couple zooms that really don't ever leave the house. I shoot 99% of everything using primes. Personally, making the switch from zooms to primes has probably done more to improve my photography than any other decision I've made.

I probably should make a switch also.
BTW the zooms you have, mind if you send em to me for free? :P


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