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Thought I could live without zooms.

 
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Mar 16, 2012 07:23 |  #1

After selling most of my zooms especially my 24-105 I thought I could go totally prime, I just bought back my 24-105 and am so happy I did there is a place in my heart for a zoom lens, and its also easier when you have a party to photograph as well.:D


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Mar 16, 2012 07:54 |  #2

My first camera, back in the late 50s, was a fold-out, film size 616 (about 3.5"x5"), with a fixed lens, of course. A bunch of Instamatics, a viewfinder 35mm and a Canon AE1 with a 50mm later, I finally "discovered" zooms with a Canon Fd 35-70 f2.8-3.5. With the exception of an FD 135 f2 after that, all my lenses were zooms. Now I have 4 zooms and am "rediscovering" primes with 3 already! For a zoom-a-holic with a long history, I'm now doing 40-50% of my work with the primes! Go figure!


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Mar 16, 2012 07:59 |  #3

bratkinson wrote in post #14096290 (external link)
My first camera, back in the late 50s, was a fold-out, film size 616 (about 3.5"x5"), with a fixed lens, of course. A bunch of Instamatics, a viewfinder 35mm and a Canon AE1 with a 50mm later, I finally "discovered" zooms with a Canon Fd 35-70 f2.8-3.5. With the exception of an FD 135 f2 after that, all my lenses were zooms. Now I have 4 zooms and am "rediscovering" primes with 3 already! For a zoom-a-holic with a long history, I'm now doing 40-50% of my work with the primes! Go figure!


Primes will always have a place in my heart, and I will always go to my primes first you can't beat the IQ of them but the zoom I bought sure as heck made my job easier last night. I learned on the AE1 and had many primes before zooms too.


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Mar 16, 2012 11:28 as a reply to  @ imagesbybarbara's post |  #4

Gotta have flexibility and versatility. I would think that having only primes in you kit would be limiting in some situations.


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Mar 16, 2012 12:32 |  #5

I sold my 70-200 2.8 IS I, and got myself a 24mm 1.4L II yesterday. I loved that lens, but i felt i needed a 24mm instead, go figure. Will aquire a 70-300L at a later date. So..... I will try and see if i can live without for a while, 100mm prime can do tele, right? ;-)a


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Mar 16, 2012 12:34 |  #6

GOBIGRED wrote in post #14097306 (external link)
Gotta have flexibility and versatility. I would think that having only primes in you kit would be limiting in some situations.

Depending on what you do and need; never mind just using primes, I primarily use just one focal length, 50 mm. About once a year for a couple weeks, I'll play around with a 35mm. If I thought it was limiting, I would rectify the situation. Anyway, with a rangefinder, not much choice in regards to zooms.


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Mar 16, 2012 12:38 |  #7

High five zoom buddy!


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Mar 16, 2012 12:48 |  #8

I feel the same right now. I just started out all over again. Just bought a 5DMKII. I'm only using Primes. I definitely miss the Zooms. Thinking of getting a 24-70.


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Mar 16, 2012 12:54 |  #9

different strokes for different folks. Zooms give you the ability to frame much tighter but I find I'm watching what's unfolding in my frame more closely and pay more attention to compositional ratios when I'm using primes.




  
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Mar 16, 2012 13:15 |  #10

imagesbybarbara wrote in post #14096211 (external link)
I thought I could go totally prime.:D

i thought i could go totally manual focus, so i sell all my DSLR equipment and bought a NEX & stuff. I have some nostalgia, but i wont give up yet (even if 5d2 and 35 1.4 are so appealing now...). So i kind of understand you.
but i have to admit that primes (and manual focus) improve my photography on a faster peace than a fast zoom and 9 cross focus points did. As a forum coleague said, with manual primes, is not about what but about how you do it. ALl that counts is the result anyway.




  
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Mar 16, 2012 14:52 |  #11

Don't get me wrong, I love my primes and will mostly go to them first the images are so crisp from them and yes you do pay more attention to framing while using them. I had a ribbon cutting ceremony and party to photograph last night all was suppose to be candid and not formal and I found that my zoom handled the job better than if I had my primes on with that said my next photo adventure personal or portrait will be prime naturally. :)


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Mar 16, 2012 18:13 |  #12

I love both, but prefer primes for the simplicity. However, at locations where I can't move (i.e. at the edge of a cliff or shoot up at the sky or birds), I use zooms.




  
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Mar 16, 2012 18:17 |  #13

imagesbybarbara wrote in post #14096211 (external link)
I just bought back my 24-105 and am so happy I did there is a place in my heart for a zoom lens, and its also easier when you have a party to photograph as well.:D

primes may be slightly sharper but the versatility of zooms often gets the pic




  
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Mar 16, 2012 19:08 |  #14

The only Zoom I couldnt live without is a 70-200, IQ is great and its very versatile, besides that Im mostly a prime user


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Mar 16, 2012 19:16 |  #15

My 24-105 is parked on my 5DmkII, but my favorite zoom is the 100-400 though I find I am using it mostly at 400. Perhaps, I should get a 400mm prime!


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