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Do you use primes, zooms, or both

Only primes
13 (11.8%)
Zooms when I can, specialized lenses for Macro, TS-E, super telephotos
12 (10.9%)
Zooms all the time
6 (5.5%)
Both primes and zoo
79 (71.8%)

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Re: Prime vs zoom
« Reply #45 on: April 07, 2013, 12:05:08 PM »
Having the trinity for both zooms and primes is the way to go, if you can.  ;D
Zooms for versatility and convenience, and fast primes to get those magical shots.

Is there a fixed agreed-upon trinity for primes and zooms?

Zoom trinity is 16-35 II, 24-70 II and 70-200II

Prime trinity is 35, 85, 135 L lenses.
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Re: Prime vs zoom
« Reply #46 on: April 07, 2013, 12:19:37 PM »
I started with zoom but prefer prime. It depends of the project I am shooting. (event, sports, arts, wildlife, landscape, portrait, packshot)


But at end of day, when it require quality, I use prime...

Best prime I love to use, 85 1,2L, 100 Macro 2,8 IS L, 300 mm 2,8 IS L II.

Zoom I am using quiet a lot, 17-40 4 L, 24-70 2,8L, and 70-200 2,8 IS L II but do ot have lot of fun with it

This is difference, I love to use prime, and it s ok with zoom.

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Re: Prime vs zoom
« Reply #47 on: April 07, 2013, 12:27:18 PM »
Having the trinity for both zooms and primes is the way to go, if you can.  ;D
Zooms for versatility and convenience, and fast primes to get those magical shots.

Is there a fixed agreed-upon trinity for primes and zooms?

Zoom trinity is 16-35 II, 24-70 II and 70-200II

Prime trinity is 35, 85, 135 L lenses.

Actually, it's a matter of preference.

The classical trinity is 35 / 50 / 85.

The classical alternate trinity is 24 / 50 / 100.

But any mix-and-match of wide, normal, and telephoto that works for you is your own personal holy trinity.

Cheers,

b&

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Re: Prime vs zoom
« Reply #48 on: April 07, 2013, 02:45:24 PM »
The classical trinity is 35 / 50 / 85.

First time I've heard that. The 50/1.2L isn't old enough to be part of something called 'classic' and I hope you aren't suggesting the 50/1.0L was ever part of such a trilogy. No...the 'classic' trinity of primes is as stated above: 35L, 85L, and 135L.
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Re: Prime vs zoom
« Reply #49 on: April 07, 2013, 03:01:16 PM »
The classical trinity is 35 / 50 / 85.

First time I've heard that. The 50/1.2L isn't old enough to be part of something called 'classic' and I hope you aren't suggesting the 50/1.0L was ever part of such a trilogy. No...the 'classic' trinity of primes is as stated above: 35L, 85L, and 135L.

I'm not referring to a trinity of Canon L primes, but a trinity of focal lengths for a set of primes -- especially from the days before zooms.

In classical portraiture, you'd have the camera on a fixed tripod 10' - 15' from the set. You'd use your 35 for the group shots, the 50 for full-body shots, and the 85 for head (plus torso) shots.

The same trio works very well for all sorts of other types of photography, especially where you have some control over where you are and where your subjects are.

A somewhat more flexible alternative that a journalist might prefer is 24 / 50 / 100. You can easily crop the 24 to the field of view of the 35 and still have plenty of quality for the newspaper, and the 100 can similarly crop to the field of view of a 200.

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Re: Prime vs zoom
« Reply #50 on: April 07, 2013, 05:05:35 PM »
like many here, using a mix of prime and zooms.  Right now its the trinity of zooms and a 50mm 1.4 and an 85mm 1.8.  I have found that the 24-70 is becoming my least used lens.  Trying to figure out now whether to take the plunge on the 24-70 v2, or go with at 24 or 35mm prime
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Re: Prime vs zoom
« Reply #51 on: April 07, 2013, 05:42:26 PM »
like many here, using a mix of prime and zooms. I have found that the 24-70 is becoming my least used lens.  Trying to figure out now whether to take the plunge on the 24-70 v2....
It's little wonder the 24-70 is one of your least used lenses. Most copies of the Series-1 lenses were shockers, almost certain to disappoint. I had five of them over a number of years. No keepers among them. Although I'm willing to believe that good copies do exist.

The new 24-70 f/2.8II is in another galaxy altogether. Myself and others are disposing of primes that fall in the 20-70 zoom range because the new lens renders them obsolete. It's just that good. It makes that high price tag completely valid.

Like you say...take the plunge! It will be the best equipment decision you'll make this year.

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Re: Prime vs zoom
« Reply #52 on: April 07, 2013, 06:15:47 PM »
Since getting the 24-70 II, I haven't used the 35L... 
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Re: Prime vs zoom
« Reply #53 on: April 07, 2013, 08:04:13 PM »
Having the trinity for both zooms and primes is the way to go, if you can.  ;D
Zooms for versatility and convenience, and fast primes to get those magical shots.

Is there a fixed agreed-upon trinity for primes and zooms?

Zoom trinity is 16-35 II, 24-70 II and 70-200II

Prime trinity is 35, 85, 135 L lenses.

Actually, it's a matter of preference.

The classical trinity is 35 / 50 / 85.

The classical alternate trinity is 24 / 50 / 100.

But any mix-and-match of wide, normal, and telephoto that works for you is your own personal holy trinity.

Cheers,

b&

I also vote for 35 85 and 135 for prime trinity :D although sigmas take the first 2 spots in mine
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Re: Prime vs zoom
« Reply #54 on: April 08, 2013, 03:37:42 AM »
Having the trinity for both zooms and primes is the way to go, if you can.  ;D
Zooms for versatility and convenience, and fast primes to get those magical shots.

Is there a fixed agreed-upon trinity for primes and zooms?

Zoom trinity is 16-35 II, 24-70 II and 70-200II

Prime trinity is 35, 85, 135 L lenses.

Actually, it's a matter of preference.

The classical trinity is 35 / 50 / 85.

The classical alternate trinity is 24 / 50 / 100.

But any mix-and-match of wide, normal, and telephoto that works for you is your own personal holy trinity.

Cheers,

b&

I also vote for 35 85 and 135 for prime trinity :D although sigmas take the first 2 spots in mine

Ok, nice to know. I am basically there already in focal lenght, except the 24-70 II, but untill that, the 24-105 will do :)
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Re: Prime vs zoom
« Reply #55 on: April 08, 2013, 10:03:28 AM »
A prime trinity is down to your own preferance really. The idea is to have a wide, standard and tele. I don't really see how in this digital age a 35, 50, 85 combo would be that useful. You might as well spend the money on a good standard zoom. 24, 50, 100 is a nice spread and would be awesome with a 100 macro at the long end. Portrait photogs generally pref the 35, 85, 135 which is what most people regard as the Canon holy trinity so I guess it's the most agreed upon.
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