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Jul 20, 2012 17:44 |  #1

1 body, 1 lens.

I'm considering going for this look because as much as I know having 2 bodies and a few lenses would be better in any situation and wouldn't back fire on me, concentrating on one focal length would probably help me achieve better shots. I guess part of it also has to do with inspiration from film where the common lens would be a 35mm or 50mm. The 24-70 is probably the golden standard (imo) in today's digital photoj, but I also feel the lens like that cannot replicate the feel and look that prime lenses do. I think .....

What do you guys think? any experience with this type of setup?

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edit - I should note that I'm in school for photoj so there is a variety of work I do.



  
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Jul 20, 2012 17:47 |  #2
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Jul 20, 2012 17:49 |  #3

Eight_Blade wrote in post #14746448 (external link)
What in the world do you shoot?

sorry for not noting!

I'm currently in school for photo journalism. Basically the work varies.



  
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Jul 20, 2012 17:51 |  #4
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24-70 or 70-200 IMO, like me!


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Jul 20, 2012 18:01 |  #5

From June 1977 until March this year, I've toted an SLR / FF DSLR in my shoulder bag, all day, every day. The lens had to be compact, so either 50mm or 28mm. Sometimes with a flash gun; mostly not. Now, I'm old and/or lazy, so it's currently a G10 and 270EX.


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Jul 20, 2012 19:11 |  #6

I don't think there's anything wrong with it at all. In fact, I would think that it would force you to think about your composition more. Take a step back and think about it instead of just zooming in and firing off. :)


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Jul 20, 2012 19:16 as a reply to  @ BrickR's post |  #7

There is definitely something to be said for a single lens. If youre into it, go for it. its not going to cost you anything.



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Jul 20, 2012 19:24 as a reply to  @ jhayesvw's post |  #8

Pretty much just use a 50mm. About four weeks out of the year, I'll fool around with a 35mm, otherwise, happy with the 50mm.


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Jul 20, 2012 19:26 |  #9

My "walking around" camera is frequently an XT with a 28mm lens - not for a "look", but because it's compact, and I'm lazy. That said, I think it's worth doing if for no other reason than as an exercise in seeing and composition. Many of the great photographers from the so-called "golden-age" of photojournalism - Life magazine and all that - used a single lens (prime, this was before zooms), either normal (50mm on a 35mm camera) or wide angle, for evertything.


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Jul 20, 2012 19:32 |  #10

I don't think it's a "look", unless you're trying to be hipster. In that case, you may as well change your camera to a Diana with the flash bowl.

But, in any case, I agree with tomj. Lots of photojournalists did their thing with a single lens and the "f8 and be there" rule.


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Jul 20, 2012 21:16 |  #11

I shot photojournalism for a variety of newspapers and magazines for a few years after I graduated college.

My pj kit was essentially the same thing I carry today. Camera and back up, 24L, 50f1.4, 85f1.8, 70-200 and a 580ex and Vivitar 285HV. The newspaper also had a gear locker that I was able to borrow lenses from.

Your choice of lenses is a very personal choice. I preferred shooting with my prime lenses. I knew other people at the paper that only carried the 16-35, 24-27, and 70-200 plus a couple of 580s.Part of the decision comes from what type of style you want to have, and part of it will come from what type of assignments your editor gives you.




  
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Jul 20, 2012 23:07 |  #12

BrickR wrote in post #14746750 (external link)
I don't think there's anything wrong with it at all. In fact, I would think that it would force you to think about your composition more. Take a step back and think about it instead of just zooming in and firing off. :)

Why do folks think that zoom guys (or gals) don't think at all and just fire off. :D


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Jul 20, 2012 23:15 |  #13

MrNothing wrote in post #14746434 (external link)
1 body, 1 lens.

I'm considering going for this look because as much as I know having 2 bodies and a few lenses would be better in any situation and wouldn't back fire on me, concentrating on one focal length would probably help me achieve better shots. I guess part of it also has to do with inspiration from film where the common lens would be a 35mm or 50mm. The 24-70 is probably the golden standard (imo) in today's digital photoj, but I also feel the lens like that cannot replicate the feel and look that prime lenses do. I think .....

What do you guys think? any experience with this type of setup?

Thanks!

edit - I should note that I'm in school for photoj so there is a variety of work I do.

Maybe yes, maybe no. Depends on the shooting situation, really. If you have time to move around, take your time, etc, then sure a prime may force you to "work it out" until it's right. But if you're trying to cover any sort of event/action where you have just one chance at getting the shot, you may not have time to get closer or further away to frame the shot perfectly. So in those situations a zoom will help.

I recently took the family to Disney World in Orlando. I took a lot of gear, but most days I had the 5D II with the 24-105mm and the EOS 3 (film camera) with the Voigtlander 40mm in a small bag. I shot over 1,000 photos on the 5D II. Some were multiple shots of the same scene trying to get better framing at times. I only shot one roll of 36 exposures on transparency (slide) film with the EOS 3/40mm. With the film camera/prime, I found that either the shot was going to work or it wasn't. Sometimes I didn't bother with it because I could not get physically close enough to make pressing the shutter worth while. Other times the problem was the ISO 100 being a limiting factor (I'll try out some ISO 400 once I'm through my stock of 100 rolls). But yet I find a little more emotional attachment to shots from the EOS 3/40mm combo. Now if I were not with the family (wife and 4 young kids), it would have been more fun from a photography perspective to only use the EOS 3 with the 40mm and 85mm (and probably would have purchased the 28mm f1.8 too). But trying to shoot while paying attention to the kids and sometimes taking a quick shot while walking to the next destination by quickly stopping and snapping, the 24-105mm and adjustable ISO on the 5D II came in handy.


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Jul 21, 2012 01:29 |  #14

Thanks everyone for the feedback!

Paolo.Leviste wrote in post #14746825 (external link)
I don't think it's a "look", unless you're trying to be hipster. In that case, you may as well change your camera to a Diana with the flash bowl.

But, in any case, I agree with tomj. Lots of photojournalists did their thing with a single lens and the "f8 and be there" rule.

bad wording on my part! definitely not intended to be for looks. might as well carry a toy camera if i wanted to pull off a hipster look :)

Bumgardnern wrote in post #14747212 (external link)
I shot photojournalism for a variety of newspapers and magazines for a few years after I graduated college.

My pj kit was essentially the same thing I carry today. Camera and back up, 24L, 50f1.4, 85f1.8, 70-200 and a 580ex and Vivitar 285HV. The newspaper also had a gear locker that I was able to borrow lenses from.

Your choice of lenses is a very personal choice. I preferred shooting with my prime lenses. I knew other people at the paper that only carried the 16-35, 24-27, and 70-200 plus a couple of 580s.Part of the decision comes from what type of style you want to have, and part of it will come from what type of assignments your editor gives you.

I've also noticed that while many still do use zoom lenses, there are also probably just as much pj's using prime lenses only. Good to know it works out well for others!

sjones wrote in post #14746795 (external link)
Pretty much just use a 50mm. About four weeks out of the year, I'll fool around with a 35mm, otherwise, happy with the 50mm.

I'm having a mental battle between the 35 L and 50 L :D I've tried both lenses on my 1D3 and darn, it would take me quite some time to come down to one decision!



  
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Jul 21, 2012 07:18 |  #15

Being a photojournalist - as you state- don't you think that you would be cutting your own throat by limiting your equipment to 1 body 1 lens ? That's akin to a mechanic saying that he will work on your car using just a 5/8" wrench. Lenses are tools, just like a 5/8" wrench. If the job calls for a 7/8" wrench, would you still insist upon using the 5/8" ?

There is value in varying your experience; Long time ago- sitting in a very long diesel engine course. We had months of training, months of exercises intended to get us into the guts of the engine. The course sheets were pretty specific- and counted lightly to the grade- with the final exam counting extremely heavy. Some took the exercises lightly, followed them to the letter, and learned the very basics- and that was it. I routinely took each and, well, saw what happened when I did this or that - often intentionally sabotaging my results- in order to learn what if it's not so clean or not already in perfect working order. Came final exam time- those that followed the exercises precisely- had troubles- because the instructors threw in monkey wrenches to screw them up. I more or less aced it- why- because I was already used to the monkey wrenches...

Your education is similar; learn with one tool- and that's all you know. Vary it- learn with more tools at your disposal- and learn each - the in's and out's- and you will be more rounded!

One more thing: At the time, I worked on Gas Turbines mostly. Most of the class was actively working on diesels only. They were upset because the turbine guy managed to get the high score for the class- while screwing up most of the practical exercises- yet managed the highest score in the final exams ( and the final score overall ). Some of these guys had 5 to 10 years practical experience in the field at lower levels- almost all exclusively on Diesels.. Go figure.


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