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Switch to Primes? Me thinking out loud...

 
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Feb 14, 2010 04:42 |  #31

Since you already have the 50, I would add either a 24 or 35 L, then a 85mm f1.8. However, I would keep at least one normal range zoom even if it is just a kit lens.


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Feb 14, 2010 04:44 |  #32

Why switch to primes? Just add them to your collection and keep your zooms. There will always be times where you want to travel light and have maximum flexibility.


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Feb 14, 2010 12:04 |  #33

AlexMoPhotography wrote in post #9605699 (external link)
If you sell your 24-70, you won't have to wait long to get the 35L.

Alas, the 24-70L was traded away for a fabulous 1Ds.

sf_loft wrote in post #9606355 (external link)
Why switch to primes? Just add them to your collection and keep your zooms. There will always be times where you want to travel light and have maximum flexibility.

The collection of zooms is now 2, and I plan on keeping them. Traveling light, that to me would be taking the 70-200 f/4 and a 35/2, or just the 50.

jrscls wrote in post #9606331 (external link)
Since you already have the 50, I would add either a 24 or 35 L, then a 85mm f1.8. However, I would keep at least one normal range zoom even if it is just a kit lens.

The kit lens IS staying. My 40D has the coverage, 18-55 IS and the 70-200 f/4. The 24L (or 24 anything) I have no interest in, I nver even used that FL when I owned the 24-70L. The 35L is more appealing to me, but will take time to save for, that's why I'm thing of getting the 35/2 in the meantime. I'm not sure about the 85/1.8 right now. For the 40D, yeah great, but the FL does not appeal to me in FF.

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Feb 14, 2010 13:10 as a reply to  @ Jason C's post |  #34

I'm happy with the 28 - 135 IS USM on my 40D.
I'm sure it can't equal a prime, BUT how about someone showing honest, unprocessed examples from and a 'non-prime' and from a prime at exactly the same mm, subject, light, etc.?
RAW may not be a good mode for that, but jpg should show the differences (if any).
Don't have a prime, so I can be looked at as 'not knowing what I'm talking about', but I'm thinking that we sometimes see what we want to see.
Correct me, show me, because I'm looking at soon buying another couple of good lens, and to me IQ is what it's all about.
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Feb 14, 2010 14:06 |  #35

I sold my 24-70L because I found that I only used it at the wide end and the long end. I replaced it with a 30mm and 85mm and haven't looked back :)


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Feb 14, 2010 14:10 |  #36

Jimmer411 wrote in post #9608170 (external link)
I sold my 24-70L because I found that I only used it at the wide end and the long end. I replaced it with a 30mm and 85mm and haven't looked back :)

Hey, you're kind of stealing my signature, albeit a 50D rather than a 400D, and a 430ex rather than a 430exII :p


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Feb 14, 2010 14:24 as a reply to  @ Austin.Manny's post |  #37

I love using the primes I have and use them along with my zooms. I have thought about selling the zooms to get some L primes, but I think the primes I have are just fine for my shooting...


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Feb 14, 2010 14:35 |  #38

rwong2k wrote in post #8765999 (external link)
yeah i sold my zooms for primes, definently depends on what you're shooting but primes are so much fun to shoot with =)

Zooms aren't fun to shoot with?


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Feb 14, 2010 14:56 |  #39

While preferring primes, the 70 - 200 really comes in handy for candid shots during special event shootings. Sometimes you will see a great shooting opportunity across the room that's not going to last but an instant.


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Feb 14, 2010 15:12 |  #40

Once you shoot an L prime, you will not look back to your slow L zooms.However, and that a big "however", if you choose to go with primes, do yourself a favor and go FF. It's a waste to shoot primes, let alone L primes on APSC. Especially since you can get a SH 5D for around 1k.




  
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Feb 14, 2010 16:20 |  #41

Dragos Jianu wrote in post #9608536 (external link)
Once you shoot an L prime, you will not look back to your slow L zooms.However, and that a big "however", if you choose to go with primes, do yourself a favor and go FF. It's a waste to shoot primes, let alone L primes on APSC. Especially since you can get a SH 5D for around 1k.

I already have a 1Ds. I thought about the 5D, but since owning a 1D I wanted my first DSLR FF to be a "1" series. Whatever primes I do get, will be exclusively used with the 1Ds. Not saying said primes won't pop onto the 40D, but they'll mainly be used with the FF.

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Feb 14, 2010 16:55 |  #42

trailguy wrote in post #9607917 (external link)
I'm happy with the 28 - 135 IS USM on my 40D.
I'm sure it can't equal a prime, BUT how about someone showing honest, unprocessed examples from and a 'non-prime' and from a prime at exactly the same mm, subject, light, etc.?
RAW may not be a good mode for that, but jpg should show the differences (if any).

When I first got the 24-70 L, I did some comparisons between the primes I had at the time, and I found I prefered the primes (I did not save any of those images). I hesitate in using the term IQ, because it means a lot of things; sharpness, edge of frame detail, contrast, color, CA and even bokeh to name a few--and even some of these can be subjective to each individual.

I have come to find I prefer primes over zooms, for not only what I consider to be IQ, but also for framing and composition and the challenge of getting the image I want in the single FL format of a prime. This is not a cop-out, but how I prefer to shoot. I don't get paid doing this, nor do I want to. I'm doing this because it's what I like doing, so I want to do it the way that I find pleasing.

The following attached links are "chart" comparisons between lens, not images. They do demonstrate center and edge sharpness, and contrast.

24-70L vs. 50/1.4 @ 50mm f/2.8 (external link)
24-70L vs. 35/2 @35mm f/2.8 (external link)
28-135 vs. 50/1.4 @ 50mm 5/5.6 (external link)
24-70L vs. 28-135 @ 28mm f/4 (external link)

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Feb 14, 2010 19:35 as a reply to  @ post 9605699 |  #43

:confused::confused::confused: I thought this thread ended October 2009? Don't be so hard headed. Just use both. If one or the other type of lens automatically makes you a better photographer, it would be too easy. We'd all know the secret.


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Feb 14, 2010 19:40 |  #44

mxracer535 wrote in post #8756704 (external link)
.... 35/50/85/135 will have you pretty well covered

On FF that's a great prime set up. I keep thinking about that set-up myself. I'll keep my 17-40 for UWA. Add a 1.4X for 189mm f/2.8. What more do you need?


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