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Prime combos - what do you have?

 
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Jan 14, 2013 16:04 |  #16

24, 40, 85 for me...


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Jan 14, 2013 16:41 |  #17

All I need are two, the 50mm and 85mm for the FF.




  
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Jan 14, 2013 16:47 |  #18

nccb wrote in post #15486793 (external link)
Thinking of moving towards all primes and pondering possible combos. I have a 5D3 and shoot mainly people - my own family/kids, other families. Occasional landscape & vacation photos, but really people is the main thing.

I see a lot of the "Holy trinity" talk of 35/85/135. Wondering why isn't it more like 35/85/200? Or other combos? What combos do you have and why? Just looking for more insight from others more experienced than me so I can make wiser buying choices up front.

I only shoot primes.

I have a couple of 5DIIs 24L, 35L, 85L & 200 2L

I am going to moving completely over to Leica M in the next couple of years and as of now I have Leica M Monochrom and a 35 1.4 summilux FLE. Plan on getting a couple of Ms and a 90 and a 21 for the Leicas.

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Jan 14, 2013 17:28 |  #19

Currently have the 50 f/1.4 and 85 f/1.8 - am adding the new Canon 35 f/2 IS and probably the 50mm will get a lot less use.


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Jan 14, 2013 18:50 |  #20

So far, the 50L and 85L are all i need and i really like using them for fun walk about lenses :)

not sure if i want a wide prime like the 24L or 35L yet.

had the 135L but found it a bit long for my personal tastes.


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Jan 14, 2013 18:52 |  #21

I have the 24L, 50L, and 85L combo and its great! 50L gets the most use though


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Jan 14, 2013 20:24 |  #22

35L, 85/1.8, and 135L for me. I don't use the 85L because it is too big and slow (and expensive) for my style of shooting.

I also own the 100L macro but I generally pair that with my 17-40L when travelling.

Generally, you'll shoot one of the primes more than the others. Decide which is your favorite focal length and pair around that. I strongly prefer 35mm on full frame to 50mm so 35/85/135 makes more sense to me. If you like 50, then 24/50/100 is probably a better combo.




  
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Jan 14, 2013 20:53 as a reply to  @ leftnose's post |  #23

Great perspective from everyone. I don't have unlimited funds so I will be limited by that. I would seriously love the 85mm 1.2, but that seems out of reach. If I unload my 24-105, I'll have about $1200 available. Thinking about the Sigma 35mm which would leave about $300 for the next purchase. That would leave me with S35 and 85mm1.8 & $300. Not sure though, maybe I should keep the 24-105 for those unexpected shoots & versatility.


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Jan 14, 2013 21:25 |  #24

I bet once you start shooting with primes most of the time you won't reach for the 24-105 much anymore. Not because it is a zoom, but because it is f/4. If you aren't shooting events you will make it work with your prime of choice and the foot zoom. If you shoot a lot of people, I say sell the 24-105, pick up the siggy 35, keep the 85, and put the 300 toward something else. Maybe a nice flash or a couple cheap manual flashes (like me) or a softbox set up. Or if you think you could use a longer lens put it toward the 135L, an absolute bargain for what you get.


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Jan 14, 2013 21:45 |  #25

I'm a 35-85-135 guy but I'm considering selling my 35L and see if the pancake will do for my "35" needs.




  
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Jan 14, 2013 22:00 as a reply to  @ Rui Peixoto's post |  #26

I do not shoot many people images, I actually just started shooting people this past fall - almost entirely family. (less than 300 images)

I have the 5D3/7D, but have only used the 5D3 for people.

Primes are 50 f1.4, 85 f1.4, 100L macro, 135L

Yet, most of my indoor images are made with the 70-200 at 200mm f2.8 - image stabilization and hand held.
I actually had no interest in people whatsoever. My father turned 90 last fall and I decided to take some photos of him. (I had been videoing him for a few months)
I was sitting approximately 15ft from him and shooting strictly head shots. I was very, very happy with the result. (no flash, 125 ISO)

I love the other lenses (shot some of the family with the 50 and 85). Since shooting my father, I shot both Xmas/New Years of my family with the 70-200 at 200.

** At first they did complain about the size of the camera/lens (especially since my brother was shooting with his phone), but those complaints disappeared when I showed them the images on the LCD. I was able to get some nice posed shots, and some excellent non-posed shots as well.


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Jan 14, 2013 22:47 |  #27

idsurfer wrote in post #15489702 (external link)
I bet once you start shooting with primes most of the time you won't reach for the 24-105 much anymore. Not because it is a zoom, but because it is f/4. If you aren't shooting events you will make it work with your prime of choice and the foot zoom. If you shoot a lot of people, I say sell the 24-105, pick up the siggy 35, keep the 85, and put the 300 toward something else. Maybe a nice flash or a couple cheap manual flashes (like me) or a softbox set up. Or if you think you could use a longer lens put it toward the 135L, an absolute bargain for what you get.

Yeah, when I had my T2i I had the Sigma 30mm and loved that thing. That and I had the 85mm. People are almost all I shoot - the occasional paid family gig but really a lot of personal family stuff. I guess if I want landscape on a weekend I could rent one. I have a 600ex-rt so set with flash at the moment.

Definitely lusting after the Sigma 35mm at the moment.....


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Jan 14, 2013 22:59 |  #28
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Used to be a prime lover, owned Samyang 14, 35L, Sigma 50, Sigma 85, 100L, 135L at one stage...

However my daughter is still young and eventually I find all primes route too restrictive, especially the longer ones. So I ended up what I have in my gear list now and am pretty happy with it...


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Jan 14, 2013 23:08 |  #29

nccb wrote in post #15489950 (external link)
Yeah, when I had my T2i I had the Sigma 30mm and loved that thing. That and I had the 85mm. People are almost all I shoot - the occasional paid family gig but really a lot of personal family stuff. I guess if I want landscape on a weekend I could rent one. I have a 600ex-rt so set with flash at the moment.

Definitely lusting after the Sigma 35mm at the moment.....

:D I am enjoying it an awful lot!! I shoot mostly family stuff as well...


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Jan 14, 2013 23:14 |  #30

BrandonSi wrote in post #15487140 (external link)
I was all set to do that until I bought a 5D3, which doesn't have a MF screen. :( I've got the M42 / AF adapter but I just don't trust those for focus confirmation. I have the 55 1.8 and 50 1.4, but will be selling them soon and going 50L. It's a shame, I like those little buggers.

I have the one from "big is" on eBay and its spot on. They also have one you can micro adjust.


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