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Dec 29, 2012 02:02 |  #31

Good question. If forced I suppose 1 is better than none. If I had to pick one though it would be tough. It's like choosing your favorite child.....


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Dec 29, 2012 02:39 |  #32

I personally couldn't go out shooting with just one prime. If an individual only had one prime in their kit for portraits though I would suggest a 50mm for a 1.6x body and a 85mm for a ff body. Landscapes or bif photographers would obviously need a different prime focal length.


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Dec 29, 2012 05:36 |  #33

I couldn't live with one prime. But I'm more than happy with one zoom (70-200).

If I had to it'd be between the 50L and 85L, and it'd be the latter despite the focal length.




  
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Dec 29, 2012 06:07 |  #34

I would not die, but would be seriously limited in my favourite hobby.
So yes, I can live with just one prime lens.




  
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Dec 29, 2012 06:31 |  #35
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Why would you want to limit yourself with one lens? If so, what's the point of owning a DSLR system where lenses can be easily interchangeable?

If all you need is one fixed focal length, you might as well get something like X100 or the new Sony RX1.


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Dec 29, 2012 07:03 |  #36

The correct answer is yes, as long as your creativity does not feel limited by only having one focal length.




  
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Dec 29, 2012 09:10 as a reply to  @ post 15419060 |  #37

If you mean one prime lens with no other lenses, no! Well I guess I could, but I wouldn't want to.

A zoom lens is a better possibility for single lens ownership - for me. Plus I really wouldn't want to do that either.

If you mean could I take only one prime with me on a shoot? Sure, and I have. Depending on the shoot, would depend on the single prime I would take.

If you mean one prime lens and some zooms, piece of cake.

I have a DSLRs so that I am not limited by one lens. IMO there is no need for the limitation of a single lens, so I wont.

I typically even take other lenses with me even when I take a new lens out with the intention of only using it (to learn the lens). They are with me as a just in case situation arises.


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Dec 29, 2012 09:16 |  #38

My initial answer is no but then I realize that I sometimes go months without taking my Sigma 30/1.4 off my camera.


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Dec 29, 2012 09:22 |  #39

No.




  
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Dec 29, 2012 09:33 |  #40

If I had to, yes. It would either be a 35mm or 50mm.




  
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Dec 29, 2012 10:45 |  #41

I wasn't sure if the question was only one lens that is a prime, or only one prime lens in a kit of other lenses. I answered no because I read it to be the first... only one lens, and its a prime. I don't think I'd want a DSLR if I only had a single prime lens with it. I could probably get buy with a single prime if I had to, among other zoom lenses. But, I doubt that I ever will have that because I like to have different options for things, and some of my primes are more specialized... fisheye, macro, super tele.


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Dec 29, 2012 14:48 |  #42

No otherwise I would get one prime and sell other lenses.

I think a 35mm would be the best FL for me if I had to choose. But I want at least two lenses.
17-40 and 85 are a great combo in my opinion. Or 35 and 85 but 35 is not that wide.


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Dec 29, 2012 15:33 |  #43

If I could only use one prime, there'd be no point in having a DSLR. I'd pick up the Sony RX1 and call it a day.

But if I had to keep one prime w/ my DSLR, it'd be a 50mm variant.




  
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