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Jan 20, 2011 21:27 |  #1

Which two primes for everything? I am trying to gauge how different the focal lengths should be to cover as much ground as possible!

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Jan 20, 2011 21:32 |  #2

24/28/35-ish and 85/100/135-ish.




  
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Jan 20, 2011 21:35 as a reply to  @ canondslr's post |  #3

leading candidates seem to be 24 II and the 85 1.2... But the 135 f.2 seems to be a bargain compared to the 85!!

I also love the 35 + 135!




  
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Jan 20, 2011 21:37 |  #4

canondslr wrote in post #11682552 (external link)
24/28/35-ish and 85/100/135-ish.

Sounds about right to me. On a crop, I used a 30/85 for a very long time, and have switched over to a 24/85 combination. Suits my needs extremely well when I want a small kit.


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Jan 20, 2011 21:38 |  #5

CitizenMinistry wrote in post #11682571 (external link)
I also love the 35 + 135!

This combo is what I would choose.


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Jan 20, 2011 21:39 as a reply to  @ gojirasf's post |  #6

It would seem the 35 and 85 are the least specialized as well by themselves.




  
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Jan 20, 2011 21:39 |  #7

If you are trying to cover everything the 85L is a slow AF lens, not ideal for action.

With L the 50 and the 135. To much room to make up between the 35 and 135.


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Jan 20, 2011 21:42 |  #8

I would go 24L and 100L


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Jan 20, 2011 21:46 |  #9

If I could only keep two of my primes, it would be my EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, and my EF 300mm f/4 L USM. I would be able to do most things with those but I would probably try to keep the EF 20mm f/2.8 USM . These would work fine for my 5D or Rebels.

Everyone will have different answers as to which two primes they would want that would work for most of their pictures. You really have to choose for yourself which focal lengths that you find most attractive.


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Jan 20, 2011 21:46 |  #10

For me TS 24L II and 100L IS Macro


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Jan 20, 2011 21:52 |  #11

macroimage wrote in post #11682633 (external link)
Everyone will have different answers as to which two primes they would want that would work for most of their pictures. You really have to choose for yourself which focal lengths that you find most attractive.


I do realize that! I am just looking for cool ideas, reasons, and discussions!

@Showturtle - Sports and fast action are not priorities at all!

The ideal is finding a balance between versatility, convenience, and an efficient complement.




  
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Jan 20, 2011 22:21 |  #12

35 L and 100 L would do just about everything for me.


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Jan 20, 2011 22:24 |  #13

ZE 21 + mp-e 65. I really only enjoy shooting waterfalls/mountains and jumping spiders. I have my niche.


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Jan 20, 2011 22:24 |  #14

Depends on what you shoot. I have a 24, 35, 50, and 85 - but if I were to choose two, I'd go for the 24/50 on a crop and 35/85 for FF.


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Jan 20, 2011 23:00 |  #15

I'm surprised that all of you have replied without asking a basic question, what kind of camera do you intend on shooting, a FF or a Crop. The sensor format will determine the effective field of view that will get. If two people both recommend a 35mm and 85mm lens, except one has a FF and the other has a crop, then they are really recommending TWO different field of views. 35mm on a FF is a lot different than 35mm on crop.


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