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Feb 14, 2011 17:27 |  #1

So I upgraded to full frame and the lenses in my signature about a month ago. I am must say it is quite difficult to frame the shot you want with primes. I think I am missing zooms a bit. I love the DOF capabilities of primes, but sometimes I really rather be able to zoom in and get "the" shot before it's too late. A recent experience made me realize how much I miss zooms.

It was the Saturday before Valentine's Day. My sister, her boyfriend, and another couple were cooking a lobster steak dinner. They called me down to take a picture of them working on the lobster before it was cooked. I run downstairs with my 35L and flash (lighting isn't that good in downstairs kitchen). I take a terrific picture of my sister and the lobster in the sink.
She then tells me "it isn't ZOOMED enough." I go through the hassle of changing to my 85mm 1.4. I take a more "zoomed" in version and she loved it.
A few seconds later she tells me to get a group shot of them. At that time, I'm like "........" in my head. I change to the 35L again to get the wide group shot.

Now I can finally know why wedding photographers have TWO bodies and a prime on EACH. It is a hassle, especially if your subjects are waiting for you to carefully change lenses without dropping them.

Does anyone here miss zooms?! I even had the thought of getting rid of the 35L and 85 f/1.4 and getting the 24-70 L! But the 24-70's ability to produce bokeh can never match the 35L and 85mm f/1.4.


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Feb 14, 2011 17:31 |  #2

Umm, can I point out nobody is forcing you to have primes. If you think a zoom would be beneficial, then buy one. Even if you get a zoom, then you'll find situations that you still ending up changing lenses every 2 shots anyway.

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Feb 14, 2011 17:33 |  #3

I'm aware that no one is forcing anyone to do anything. I just wanted to hear how others feel about their zooms and primes.


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Feb 14, 2011 17:35 as a reply to  @ danny819's post |  #4

Always nice to have both if one can afford it.



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Feb 14, 2011 17:44 |  #5

10megapixel wrote in post #11843474 (external link)
Always nice to have both if one can afford it.

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Feb 14, 2011 17:49 |  #6

I always like a mix, even though now I have all zooms (except for my trusty 50 1.8)... But honestly, the 70-200 II is prime-like by itself, which a nice range of focal length.

At a time, I had a nice mix with my 12-24, 24-105, 30, 50, 135L, 300L... Mostly used my primes though. I enjoyed it, but it did limit me in versatility. I sold off the 135L and 300L to get the 70-200 and was VERY happy.

However, I am eye-balling more primes now that I have solid coverage with my zooms... Maybe the 85L? :D


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Feb 14, 2011 17:50 |  #7

Most pro photographers will actually roll around with two good zooms, not two primes.

The standard kit for photojournalists is two bodies, one with 16-35, the other with 70-200. It's pretty much the ultimate setup for high quality pics without swapping lenses.

When I shot news and weddings I had a Tamron 17-50 2.8 on one body and a 70-200 on the other.


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Feb 14, 2011 17:56 |  #8

Nice to read this thread :)
For all advices, my understanding the point is: if you want a job done in an uncontrollable environment, zoom is must.
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Feb 14, 2011 17:59 |  #9

danny819 wrote in post #11843431 (external link)
Does anyone here miss zooms?!

No, not really.. but I have a couple "just in case" :lol:


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Feb 14, 2011 18:06 |  #10

Zooms have their place. For casual shooting, I'll use my 24-70 a lot. Of course I still always carry my primes.




  
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Feb 14, 2011 18:16 |  #11

Haha Danny, I think we discussed this awhile ago. I switched to primes because I shoot in situations where I control the pace and the setup and the distance and the pose so I have plenty of time to know exactly what I'll be using for which shot. If I shot sports all the time, I'd have a 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200 mkii. I understand where you're coming from and it is frustrating at times but primes are more of a want than a must. You can shoot basically anything with zooms but it takes patience and a keen eye to be able to work with primes.


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Feb 14, 2011 18:28 |  #12

ni$mo350 wrote in post #11843751 (external link)
Haha Danny, I think we discussed this awhile ago. I switched to primes because I shoot in situations where I control the pace and the setup and the distance and the pose so I have plenty of time to know exactly what I'll be using for which shot. If I shot sports all the time, I'd have a 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200 mkii. I understand where you're coming from and it is frustrating at times but primes are more of a want than a must. You can shoot basically anything with zooms but it takes patience and a keen eye to be able to work with primes.

Hey Chris! Yea, the main reason that I switched to primes was for the slight improvement of IQ and the wider aperture. I'll work with what I have for a while and see how things go. :confused:


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Feb 14, 2011 18:42 |  #13

I am a zoom guy. Primes are good if you want to spend more time shooting (foot zooming etc.). L zooms produce fine images. My primes are long or macro.


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Feb 14, 2011 18:51 |  #14

Have both on ya, I couldn't give up the sharpness/DoF that primes provide




  
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Feb 14, 2011 19:02 |  #15

I am a Zoom guy. I tried getting into the Prime thing for awhile but never got hooked. I sold them all and bought one Sigma 30mm 1.4 which I never use.

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