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Jun 25, 2012 05:36 |  #2371

agphotography wrote in post #14625821 (external link)
I would like to chime in a bit here.

I am a huge fan of prime lenses, but having one zoom around is far from a bad idea. In fact I'm looking to add that very zoom into my lineup for versatility sake.

Your present combo is actually quite useful, and I think you'd be hard pressed to find something better.
If you want to add another prime I'd look into picking up the 28 1.8 to go with your 50, that's a really useful set.

One zoom to keep would be a 70-200 f/2.8.. Then prime it out :lol:


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Jun 25, 2012 09:28 |  #2372

I don't really miss my 70-200 all that much since replacing it with the 135L. It's just so good!


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Jun 25, 2012 14:27 |  #2373

I'm debating wether to sell my 24-70/70-200 f/2.8 combo and sell out for all primes.
I fear I might miss one of them more than I think, but then part of me says I wont, not with my style of shooting. The primes sharpness is more important. I want the 24/35/50/85/135 set eventually one day. Along with the 100 macro and a couple of those TS too. Ha, not much right?

Anyway, I just need to man up and sell those zooms and take what I can and go for the 35/85 combo.




  
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Jun 25, 2012 23:11 |  #2374

ChrisMc73 wrote in post #14629859 (external link)
I'm debating wether to sell my 24-70/70-200 f/2.8 combo and sell out for all primes.
I fear I might miss one of them more than I think, but then part of me says I wont, not with my style of shooting. The primes sharpness is more important. I want the 24/35/50/85/135 set eventually one day. Along with the 100 macro and a couple of those TS too. Ha, not much right?

Anyway, I just need to man up and sell those zooms and take what I can and go for the 35/85 combo.

What do you mostly shoot? Are you on crop or FF body?


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Jun 26, 2012 08:17 |  #2375

ChrisMc73 wrote in post #14629859 (external link)
I'm debating wether to sell my 24-70/70-200 f/2.8 combo and sell out for all primes.
I fear I might miss one of them more than I think, but then part of me says I wont, not with my style of shooting. The primes sharpness is more important. I want the 24/35/50/85/135 set eventually one day. Along with the 100 macro and a couple of those TS too. Ha, not much right?

Anyway, I just need to man up and sell those zooms and take what I can and go for the 35/85 combo.

While the zoom combo you have is incredibly versatile, both lenses are quite large & heavy.

That being said, if you were to replace those two with all 5 of those lenses you're interested in, you're not saving any weight, and you have to swap lenses all the time, or decide what to bring and what to leave behind.

In my opinion, the 24-70 can in many ways be replaced by a 35L, I've done this, as have many others, but the 24-70 is still an excellent lens (It's popular for a good reason).

The 70-200 for me has been replaced by a 135L. I lose some versatility on the shorter end, but there's only been a handful of times I've not been able to backup enough to get the framing I want.

If you were to then ad something wider than the 35, you'd be pretty well set.


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Jun 26, 2012 11:27 |  #2376

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I just completed my poor man's holy trinity!! Pic taken with my nifty fifty :D I am a happy guy!! Now to complete my L zoom trinity.

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I just ordered two of these. I had been toying with getting a 24 1.4L II, but then reality hit, and I decided to downgrade my budget and yet double the number of lenses. So I ordered the 28 1.8 and the 85 1.8. (I had been trying to snag them via the Classifieds, but things are going fast these days!)

My first foray into auto-focus primes! (I have a Takumar 50 1.4 and a Rokinon 8mm Fisheye.)

If I decide that the zoom function is too hard to give up, I suppose I can always sell these. Somehow, I suspect that won't be the case. I like bokeh from fast apertures. :)

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Jun 26, 2012 11:28 |  #2377

Just rented a 14L,24L and the 200 2.0. I wonder which one will be bought for my bag.


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Jun 26, 2012 12:23 |  #2378

Why couldn't every prime be like a pancake lens small and compact


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Jun 26, 2012 12:28 |  #2379

shinyknights nice lens collection I think I might have to add this to my arsenal!!


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Jun 26, 2012 12:58 |  #2380

The last few days, after reading this thread talking about selling or keeping the 24-105, something came to me: I never reached for the 24-105 because I had the 24L/50L to use, but I use the 70-200 all the time because I don't have the range covered by primes (the 100L I bought primarily for macro use). I find I am liking this balance because I don't have that indecision over what lens to use: 24 for wide, 50 for general walk around, 70-200 for portraits and telephoto, 100L for macro shots. That division of labor keeps each lens important; not having an excessive number of lenses to choose from lets me work more on shooting and less on juggling glass. My bag is also manageable in terms of weight. Such harmony in my little photography world right now :)

This is a Prime focused thread, I know; all I'm trying to say is that zooms and primes can have a peaceful coexistance. No need to run out and sell all your zooms thinking that you'll be a better photographer for it. When I sold my zooms (24-70, 70-200) and went all prime (Holy Trinity), I actually think I lost shots as a result, and my photography in general suffered. Shallow depth of field is really awesome, but being able to get shots is even better. Today's zooms are amazing, don't be ashamed to keep one or two around :)

That being said, my primes are the last to go if I was forced to sell off gear. PLA 4-EVA!


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Jun 26, 2012 13:02 |  #2381

Only a prime lens can give me shots like this.....

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Jun 26, 2012 16:49 |  #2382

agphotography wrote in post #14628577 (external link)
I don't really miss my 70-200 all that much since replacing it with the 135L. It's just so good!

Same :)


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Jun 26, 2012 17:50 |  #2383

MatthewK wrote in post #14634836 (external link)
The last few days, after reading this thread talking about selling or keeping the 24-105, something came to me: I never reached for the 24-105 because I had the 24L/50L to use, but I use the 70-200 all the time because I don't have the range covered by primes (the 100L I bought primarily for macro use). I find I am liking this balance because I don't have have that indecision over what lens to use: 24 for wide, 50 for general walk around, 70-200 for portraits and telephoto, 100L for macro shots. That division of labor keeps each lens important; not having an excessive number of lenses to choose from lets me work more on shooting and less on juggling glass. My bag is also manageable in terms of weight. Such harmony in my little photography world right now :)

This is a Prime focused thread, I know; all I'm trying to say is that zooms and primes can have a peaceful coexistance. No need to run out and sell all your zooms thinking that you'll be a better photographer for it. When I sold my zooms (24-70, 70-200) and went all prime (Holy Trinity), I actually think I lost shots as a result, and my photography in general suffered. Shallow depth of field is really awesome, but being able to get shots is even better. Today's zooms are amazing, don't be ashamed to keep one or two around :)

That being said, my primes are the last to go if I was forced to sell off gear. PLA 4-EVA!

Matthew, that is what we all need to strive for, the right balance and no redundancy / overlap.


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Jun 26, 2012 18:07 |  #2384

shinksma wrote in post #14634378 (external link)
I just ordered two of these. I had been toying with getting a 24 1.4L II, but then reality hit, and I decided to downgrade my budget and yet double the number of lenses. So I ordered the 28 1.8 and the 85 1.8. (I had been trying to snag them via the Classifieds, but things are going fast these days!)

My first foray into auto-focus primes! (I have a Takumar 50 1.4 and a Rokinon 8mm Fisheye.)

If I decide that the zoom function is too hard to give up, I suppose I can always sell these. Somehow, I suspect that won't be the case. I like bokeh from fast apertures. :)

shinksma

That's great! These little nuggets are boat loads of fun!




  
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Jun 26, 2012 21:10 |  #2385

Tony_Stark wrote in post #14632112 (external link)
What do you mostly shoot? Are you on crop or FF body?

I shoot mostly children, families, events with people, I've done an occasional wedding though not what I want to very often, but mainly tell stories with people in the shots.

I have a FF, 5D Mark II.

I have rented all the lenses I want; 14L, 24L, 35L, 50L, 85L, 135L etc...and I've scoured through all my shots in LR4, sorting by lens, and my favorite, most sharp shots are all done with these lenses. The zooms seem to have some softness to them, while still excellent and versatile, something compared to the primes doesn't seem to match is IQ.

I will never regret the decision to buy the 24-70 and capture the images of my first sons birth, which was 4 weeks earlier than expected, and so I had to learn how to use the camera and that lens sooner than expected. I'll always appreciate the zooms, but I think I've grown enough in my skills to recognize some of my images could be a lot better with the primes. And learning to use my feet with them instead of relying on the zoom, is something I want to do to help expand myself as a photographer.




  
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