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Mar 12, 2012 17:37 |  #16

I think it's a nonsense question (sorry OP). If there was an all-purpose prime you wouldn't even need zooms, let alone interchangeable lenses.


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Mar 12, 2012 17:39 |  #17

Something between 35mm and 50mm FOV on a FF camera for most people.


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Mar 12, 2012 17:43 |  #18

The one all purpose prime I started with, and still enjoy using, is the EF-S 60 Macro.

A near "normal" fantastic portrait focal length, fast f/2.8, macro capability and damned sharp images! Its an affordable multi-tasking workhorse and the 52mm CPL and ND filters do not break the bank.


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Mar 12, 2012 17:45 |  #19

If I could only have one it would be the 35 1.4l.


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Mar 12, 2012 17:46 |  #20

WayneHawn wrote in post #14074021 (external link)
50mm on ff
Something around 30MM on a crop.

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I agree - loved the 28mm f/1.8 on my crop - needed the 50mm f/1.4 on my ff.


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Mar 12, 2012 18:02 |  #21

Madweasel wrote in post #14074093 (external link)
I think it's a nonsense question (sorry OP). If there was an all-purpose prime you wouldn't even need zooms, let alone interchangeable lenses.

What's nonsense is interpreting "all-purpose" as literally meaning every possible scenario in the universe.


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Mar 12, 2012 18:49 |  #22

tkbslc wrote in post #14074242 (external link)
What's nonsense is interpreting "all-purpose" as literally meaning every possible scenario in the universe.

Isn't that what "all-purpose" means? What the OP is really asking is what's the best "general purpose - I can get by with it" lens. ;)


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Mar 12, 2012 18:50 as a reply to  @ post 14074035 |  #23

400mm f/5.6L

The 400mm f/5.6L is an "all purpose" lens as long as all your purposes are birds in flight:rolleyes:

Actually, there is no such animal as an "all purpose" prime lens. There isn't even an "all purpose" zoom (although a mid-range zoom with a constant f/2.8 aperture comes close).

That is why the camera manufacturers make interchangeable lens cameras!


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Mar 12, 2012 18:51 |  #24

I would say the 28 1.8 USM. I am considering picking it up myself.




  
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Mar 12, 2012 19:30 |  #25

35mm, works well for me on crop and FF.
Plenty to choose from- two with AF and at least three MF with outstanding IQ.
Seems to have less issues compare to 50mm primes.


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Mar 12, 2012 19:34 |  #26

JoshuaRoss wrote in post #14072515 (external link)
What is the best all-purpose prime lens? 85mm 1.2?

The 50mm focal length is great for a wide array of purposes, and I'd say the best normal lens is definitely the 50mm 1.2L


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Mar 12, 2012 22:36 |  #27

Henri Cartier-Bresson did okay with the original Leica 35mm camera and its 50 mm lens.


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Mar 12, 2012 23:13 |  #28

Robertogee wrote in post #14075807 (external link)
Henri Cartier-Bresson did okay with the original Leica 35mm camera and its 50 mm lens.

The point is, that still didn't make it an "all purpose" lens. It made it a lens which suited his purposes.

Nobody is saying that some photographers couldn't get along with a single prime lens, but that would still not make it an all purpose lens. It would simply mean that it was suited to the type of subject he chose to shoot, and the type of photography that he chose to focus on. If at some point he changes his style or subject matter, it would very likely require him to invest in another lens. His original lens would have been shown to be in actuality a limited purpose lens.


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Mar 12, 2012 23:44 as a reply to  @ post 14074035 |  #29

No such thing as 1 hat trick to do all... You need them all :)


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Mar 12, 2012 23:58 |  #30

j-dogg wrote in post #14072766 (external link)
50mm anything on FF/35mm

35mm on 1.6x

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