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Prime combos - what do you have?

 
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Jan 14, 2013 10:20 |  #1

Thinking of moving towards all primes and pondering possible combos. I have a 5D3 and shoot mainly people - my own family/kids, other families. Occasional landscape & vacation photos, but really people is the main thing.

I see a lot of the "Holy trinity" talk of 35/85/135. Wondering why isn't it more like 35/85/200? Or other combos? What combos do you have and why? Just looking for more insight from others more experienced than me so I can make wiser buying choices up front.


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Jan 14, 2013 10:31 |  #2

35/85/135 just seems to work for many people, but it is by no means a "rule". If 200 would work better for you than the 135, don't let this trinity talk scare you off - 200 just gets to a be a bit long for many uses, especially indoors.

Personally, I like a little wider - I'd rather have the 24 1.4, 50 1.2 and 135 f2 over the 35/85/135 combo and add a crop body for when I'd like the 24 and 50 to look closer to 35 and 85.


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Jan 14, 2013 10:36 |  #3

the holy trinity has a nice 50mm difference between each focal length, but get whatever you think you will use.

I'd rather have an UWA at he wide end and use just a 50 an d 85mm, buts that's me,


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Jan 14, 2013 10:43 |  #4

I like the 35 and 85 combo the most. I don't really care if the third one is a 135 or 200 lens.
I think a 17-40, 35 and 85 is better for my uses.
35 is not wide enough for lots of things. I know there are nice 14mm primes on the market, but I think that a zoom on the short range is extremely handy.


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Jan 14, 2013 10:47 |  #5

Bonbridge wrote in post #15486900 (external link)
I like the 35 and 85 combo the most. I don't really care if the third one is a 135 or 200 lens.
I think a 17-40, 35 and 85 is better for my uses.
35 is not wide enough for lots of things. I know there are nice 14mm primes on the market, but I think that a zoom on the short range is extremely handy.

especially when you want to cut back on the distortion, UWA is nice and fun but not for every shot. it has to be composed well.


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Jan 14, 2013 10:49 |  #6

14/35/50/85/135

Of those, I rarely use the 50. I use the 85 and 135 the most. The 14 is, of course, for landscapes. The 35 is a good close quarters portrait lens, but mine is a Roki MF lens, so I tend not to grab it much. I may sell it and but the Siggy 35 f1.4.


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Jan 14, 2013 10:58 |  #7

24/35/40/85/135

I'm selling the 135L later this week, going to be picking up a 50L instead. 135L is one of my all time favorite lenses, but it's such a niche lens for me. I was on vacation for a week, took over 2,000 shots, a total of 5 shots with the 135L. I just never use the thing.


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Jan 14, 2013 10:59 |  #8

I like to double up on my angles of view, which usually means doubling the focal lengths. So 24/50/100/200 for me.

The 35/85/135 has the first two too far apart, and the second two too close together.




  
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Jan 14, 2013 11:14 as a reply to  @ frugivore's post |  #9

I want to get something a bit more wider - either 24L or 35L, but right now I have 40/50/100/135 - I use all of them and don't really miss any ranges inbetween..


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Jan 14, 2013 11:19 |  #10

nccb wrote in post #15486793 (external link)
Thinking of moving towards all primes and pondering possible combos. I have a 5D3 and shoot mainly people - my own family/kids, other families. Occasional landscape & vacation photos, but really people is the main thing.

I see a lot of the "Holy trinity" talk of 35/85/135. Wondering why isn't it more like 35/85/200? Or other combos? What combos do you have and why? Just looking for more insight from others more experienced than me so I can make wiser buying choices up front.

Different purposes. People use the 135L for headshots. The 200 f/2.8 is a cost-effective birds'n'airshows unit.

Personally I want somebody to releases a drawback-free 50mm. I'll probably just stick with the Takumars if this continues.


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Jan 14, 2013 11:20 |  #11

35mm, 85mm and 135mm is the most common combination I think, with 24mm, 50mm and 100mm as a second.
I've walked around with 28mm and 85mm a lot, usually also with a 50mm in the bag but that rarely ever gets any use.

I guess it all depends on what you shoot the most. If you're into landscapes and UWA then your widest lens might as well be a 17mm or 24mm tilt shift, or even a 14mm prime. Over time I've seen that my photography and subject/framing choices quickly adapts to what I'm shooting with, but currently, my favorite length is still 85mm.

If I had to rebuild my kit and we were in an alternate universe with all primes (but somehow the same ones we have now), I'd probably go for a full range kit like:
- 14mm 2.8 (samyang)
- 35L
- 85mm 1.8
- 135L
- 300mm f/4 IS

Possibly also the mp-e 65mm, but macro is a different game, so wouldn't count it.


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Jan 14, 2013 11:21 |  #12

sigma 35 1.4 canon 50 1.4 canon 100 2.8 macro (non L) Dumped my zooms as i no longer make money from photography and don't need the versatility, just shooting for fun. I want to ad a wide or ultra wide prime, and a 200mm, maybe even a 300mm one day.


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Jan 14, 2013 11:29 |  #13

Pit wrote in post #15487067 (external link)
sigma 35 1.4 canon 50 1.4 canon 100 2.8 macro (non L) Dumped my zooms as i no longer make money from photography and don't need the versatility, just shooting for fun. I want to ad a wide or ultra wide prime, and a 200mm, maybe even a 300mm one day.

I'd actually love to use a combo like 35L, some fast 75mm lens and a 100L. Currently own both the 100mm macro (none-L) and the 85 1.8 because one is better for macro and the other better for portraits, but they're so close together functionally...


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Jan 14, 2013 11:38 |  #14

uOpt wrote in post #15487061 (external link)
Personally I want somebody to releases a drawback-free 50mm. I'll probably just stick with the Takumars if this continues.

I was all set to do that until I bought a 5D3, which doesn't have a MF screen. :( I've got the M42 / AF adapter but I just don't trust those for focus confirmation. I have the 55 1.8 and 50 1.4, but will be selling them soon and going 50L. It's a shame, I like those little buggers.


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Jan 14, 2013 11:43 as a reply to  @ TweakMDS's post |  #15

My combo is 35, 85, 135. Use 35 and 135 most of the time. I will keep 85 though as it is one of my favorite lens despite the CA wide open


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