There is no intention here of fanning yet another prime vs zoom flame war here. They both have completely valid places in image making. Whether the shot you deliver to a client was made with a 35 f/2is or 24-70 or whatever, they're not really going to care so long as it's a hot, memorable shot.
events work, I'll stand firmly with the Z team.
Each to their own, personally i have outgrown my zoom lenses and prefer the quality the prime provides and have the ability to think about the composition and use my feet.This is one of the best points I have seen on CR. I am glad to see someone else who has outgrown zoom lenses.
Hmmm...do you "outgrow" zoom lenses or just alter your preference?
Someone else pointed out in this thread that "the time needed to change lenses" is a downside to using primes. That's not the way it works. Like the OP here suggests, the prime photographer works with multiple camera bodies, each with its own prime attached.
Of course lens changes take time. Even a moment can mean a missed shot. Plus, outdoors photographers know that every lens change means potential sensor dust bunnies. And zoom shooters will have either a 16-35 or 24-70 on one body and a 70-200 on another...
Two or three camera bodies provide perfect coverage of every pre-planned vision as well as preparedness for spontaneous moments, and a fourth and fifth body are always nearby, each with its own lens and perfect settings for that lens's focal length. Primes are not necessarily evil, but "the time needed to change lenses" is simply not a factor in the professional workflow regardless of using primes or zooms.
At an event, fourth or fifth bodies "nearby" isn't really practical. Most photographers will successfully manage two bodies on their person, and occasionally three without getting tangled up occasionally. At a wedding things happen at the speed of light. A magic moment will be past while one photographer is making even a very skilled lens change while the zoom shooter will have half a dozen frames in the bag.
Zooming easily makes a photographer concentrate on getting the best out of the current situation but be blind to seeing the best situation. Zooming can give the illusion that we are perfecting a composition when in fact we are only compromising it.
Errrm....what a funny thing to say!