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Thread started 28 Dec 2012 (Friday) 19:29
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Dec 28, 2012 20:27 as a reply to  @ post 15418303 |  #16

I guess I could, my 85mm. I rarely use my 100L macro. When I go walk around I carry my 16-35, 24-70 & 70-200. But when I shoot portraits I use my 85mm.


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Dec 28, 2012 20:37 |  #17

no I couldn't I'd need at least one zoom, and I have no primes at this point but I will be getting 2 primes relatively soon. Sigma 50mm f1.4 and Canon 135mm soft focus


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Dec 28, 2012 20:40 |  #18

One would be super tough. I could easily get by with just two, though - a 35 and 85.


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Dec 28, 2012 21:06 as a reply to  @ shujert's post |  #19

absolutely. i have one prime and four zooms.


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Dec 28, 2012 21:13 |  #20

Yep and I am not just getting by but rock'n with my personal work. I went to the Fla Keys with a good buds Leica M9 and a 35 summilux FLE. Thats it. He let me barrow it and I never needed anything else. THe MM had not come in yet. Never missed not having other lenses. I now have the MM and have been doing all of my personal work with just the MM and 35. Getting ready for a one man show in April and possibly another show late in 13 early 14 of the new work.




  
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Dec 28, 2012 21:21 |  #21

I must have misunderstood the question because I thought you meant one prime as your one and only lens versus a zoom lens. I'm a prime whore and love lots of primes and will always have more primes than zooms.




  
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Dec 28, 2012 22:13 |  #22

Honestly, yes I could. Leave me with a 5D and a 50mm f/1.4, and I'll be happy.


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Dec 28, 2012 22:13 |  #23

No!


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Dec 28, 2012 22:32 |  #24

I say yes, my 50mm is on my camera 99% of the time.


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Dec 28, 2012 22:36 |  #25

jjaenagle wrote in post #15418143 (external link)
Simple yes or no question... but probably more difficult to act out.

Can you live with just 1 prime lens and what would it be?


Im NO LONGER thinking about trading my 24-105 for the sigma 35mm (interested in portrait work)


Right now I'm at an indoor auto race where there are another dozen photographers. One prime lens has been spotted, a Canon 300mm f/2.8. The most popular lens at this event is a 70-200mm f/2.8, either Canon or Sigma. Last week I worked several high school basketball games. I was the only one of several photographers who had a prime, a Canon 50mm f/1.8 that I used for a few minutes as a test. The other lenses in use were again a 70-200mm f/2.8, either Canon or Sigma. So from those real-life examples, it looks as if there's no huge feeling among photographers at real events that prime lens are vitally needed.




  
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Dec 28, 2012 22:48 |  #26

Can never live with one prime!


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Dec 28, 2012 22:51 |  #27

More and more im thinking yes, I rarely take my 50 off my camera, so I think id be fine with just a 50 prime


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Dec 28, 2012 22:53 |  #28

Yes. 35L it is.


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Dec 28, 2012 23:24 |  #29

No, but a zoom, yes. If one prime, I would go with a 35 on a system like the Sony rx1


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Dec 29, 2012 01:34 |  #30

If I had to than FF+35mm or my 1D3+28/1.8 would be enough. If I could than 35+85 EFLs would be fine no matter body...


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