*professionalism almost surely calls for the flexibility of a zoom"
agreed. our lead shooter will pull out the primes (14/50/100 MacroL) for the "creative shot" if the other shooter(s) have the important shots. The usual scenario is one shooter on a 24-70 (I or II), another shooter on 70-200 (I or II). We can get more than adequate shallow DOF with a 70-200 2.8. in a wedding, speed/efficiency is key. primes just don't offer that flexibility.
I disagree. I happen to like a mix of primes and zooms, but one can deliver equally professional results using either primes or zooms exclusively. It's more a question of personal style and personal preferences than professionalism.
Nothing wrong at all with a mix of primes or for that matter using only zooms.
My point is a personal reflection and based on having shot over 200,000 frames with the 24-70 70-200 combo. Eventually it came to a point where i wanted more. 2.8 was just not enough and the distortion and sharpness of the 24-70 is questionable at times. The 70-200 i will still keep in the bag as it still has its place.
However the overly popular duo of 24-70 70-200 which to be honest is the safe choice has now been replaced by a 24 35 85 combo which without question to me is better for low light , sharpness , bokeh and lighter to carry each lens on camera offers the flexibility of the IS on the 24 and 35 also offering better video potential. I do not miss any shots as i plan what i am doing and where and also have the 35 and 85 to hand all the time and to be honest i have not needed to use the 24 anywhere near as much as i thought in most cases just step back with the 35 !
I am Pro Full time wedding photographer and have been for years and the 24-70 has been for many years my go to lens so in no way i am saying its rubbish because its not , but the primes for me deliver more , and the much ado about the Sigma 50mm just goes to show most people are fully aware of how good prime lenses are - it just takes a leap of faith and a bit more thought to use them instead of the safety of the zoom.
It is as has been said personal taste and i personally could not get away with the focal length of the 50mm 1.2L it just did not do it for me or match my style, I was tempted by the Sigma 35 1.4 and I wanted to buy the 35 1.4L canon but it was just so old in the tooth it put me off, so this Canon combo ticked all the boxes.
I have yet to fully get to grips with the 24mm 2.8 IS but it seems very sharp and able to take ridiculous close ups, however it is obvious or seems to be that there is a difference in the glass and the 35mm F2 IS has a better colour to the shots.
Looking forward to seeing the results of the sigma 50mm it will be interesting !
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