Zooms or Primes

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Tyr

Link Posted 06/03/2011 - 22:20
fatspider wrote:
I honestly dont think I could use a prime lens anymore, I would find it so restricting. Having said that I do have the 100mm DFA macro which is a pain trying to get the right subject to space ratio in the frame.

Lou would probably say you just need to use it more. She shoots almost exclusively with her 90mm Tamron and much prefers prime lenses.
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Dan

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Mannesty

Link Posted 06/03/2011 - 22:30
George Lazarette wrote:
and the two long D-FA lenses.

I think the only D-FA lenses are the 50mm and 100mm macro lenses George. Do you mean the DA* 200mm and DA* 300mm primes?
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rparmar

Link Posted 06/03/2011 - 22:35
Primes have the advantage of weight, size, ergonomics, fast aperture and rendering. I carry my camera with me everywhere. There is no zoom that would fit into my bag that can beat any of these:

Vivitar 24/2 [Komine]
FA 43 Limited
FA 77 Limited
Vivitar Series 1 105/2.5 Macro [Kiron]
Vivitar 135/2.8 Close Focusing [Komine]

To which can be added lenses I do not currently own:
A 50/1.2
FA 31 Limited

The only zoom I use is the DA 12-24mm and while it cannot match any of the above for quality it wins by covering a range none can manage.

As for "limiting" I am quite happy to leave the house with only the FA77. Then I know it is my ability, the light and subject availability that are the constraints, not my equipment.
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George Lazarette

Link Posted 06/03/2011 - 23:04
Mannesty wrote:
George Lazarette wrote:
and the two long D-FA lenses.

I think the only D-FA lenses are the 50mm and 100mm macro lenses George. Do you mean the DA* 200mm and DA* 300mm primes?

I do!

Thanks for the correction.

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sterretje

Link Posted 07/03/2011 - 04:51
I shoot mostly with one prime. Just makes me look different at the world.
Pentax K10D + Vivitar 55/2.8 macro + Super Takumar 55/1.8 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 85/1.8 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 135/3.5 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 200/4 + Super Takumar 300/4
Pentax K100D + DA18-55ALII + DA55-300
Pentax K5 + FA31Ltd + M50/1.7 + DFA100WR + M120/2.8 (+ DA18-55WR at occasion)

Offertonhatter

Link Posted 07/03/2011 - 08:01
It all depends on what I am doing.
But I use three primes a lot, my DA35 F2.4, FA50 F1.4 and Sigma 105 Macro.
Then again I have four zooms I also use a lot, my 50-135, Sigma 24-70, DA16-45 and Sigma 10-20.
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gartmore

Link Posted 07/03/2011 - 09:41
Mainly primes, and they are all quite close in focal length, 35, 40 and 55.

I believe you can learn to 'see' in focal lengths which is easy with primes.

Pwynnej

Link Posted 07/03/2011 - 13:07
I'd add the FA135 and FA*85 in the greatness category too,
K20D, Z-1p, Z-1
F50 1.7,FAs 24,31,35,50 1.4,77,85,135. DA*16-50. DA*60-250. DA*300 D-FA 100
SA 12-24.
Metz 45 CL-4, AF500FTZ. AF540FGZ.
Some Mamiya and some Nikon

Blythman

Link Posted 07/03/2011 - 13:24
Zooms, though I have old 28mm, 50mm, and 90mm primes.

Would be good to have a pancake lens between 28-35mm available for walkabout, as opposed to the 21 or 40mm. Couldn't afford one anyway mind
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Last Edited by Blythman on 07/03/2011 - 13:28

Tyr

Link Posted 07/03/2011 - 13:29
gartmore wrote:
I believe you can learn to 'see' in focal lengths which is easy with primes.

I can do this with my 16-50 and 50-135 but only at the extremes which I use a lot more than the rest of the zoom range. Kind of like having a dual prime.
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Dr. Mhuni

Link Posted 07/03/2011 - 13:32
Used to be only zooms, but I am increasingly using primes. My favoured walkaround kit is currently a Sigma 50-150 with wider primes (35 f2; 21 f3.2; 15 f4). The size of the primes, their unique character, and the speed of faster ones does make them both practical and attractive. If I just want to go out with one lens I'll use either a single prime or my DA17-70, which is a very good all rounder.
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Frogfish

Link Posted 07/03/2011 - 14:24
Really split 50/50.

Sigma 10-20
Tamron 17-50
Sigma 50-150 (on the way)
Tamron 70-200 (is the next purchase)

add in the Tamron x1.4 and AFA x1.7 and that covers virtually every FL I could need. However I also use *a lot* :

43 Ltd
Tamron 90 Di macro
DA*300

and have a number of M42s covering 28 through 300, but they don't see the light of day much, even though I love them dearly.

The 31 Ltd is high, very high, on the wish list.

So neither primes nor zooms score an outright win for me.
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Nikon. D800. D600. Sigma 500/4.5, Nikon 300/2.8 VRII, Sigma 120-300/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 21/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 35/2.0, Sigma 50/1.4, Nikkor 85/1.8, Nikon TC20EIII, Nikon TC14EII, Kenko x1.4, Sigma 2.0
Last Edited by Frogfish on 07/03/2011 - 14:25

Smeggypants

Link Posted 07/03/2011 - 14:57
An interesting anecdote from my own shooting practises. For some reason 95% of shots when I've got a zoom on are either fully in or fully out. Which essentially means I'm using the zoom as a dual focal length prime
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

Gwyn

Link Posted 07/03/2011 - 15:08
Only zooms.
I have an old 50mm A but I never use it.
And I have my Tamron 90mm macro, which very rarely gets used.

Having said that I am considering a wide prime - a 14mm or 15mm when I can afford one. A pity Sigma don't do a non fisheye in that range.

Don

Link Posted 07/03/2011 - 15:11
Smeggypants wrote:
An interesting anecdote from my own shooting practises. For some reason 95% of shots when I've got a zoom on are either fully in or fully out. Which essentially means I'm using the zoom as a dual focal length prime

that is the case for most people as well.
sadly that means a lot of people aren't considering PERSPECTIVE when shooting...
do I move in closer with a wider lens to get more background in? or do I pull back and use a longer lens to crop out the background elements? and by how much?
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Last Edited by Don on 07/03/2011 - 15:11
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