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Primes VS zooms

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Voting closed: April 18, 2012, 10:43:47 AM

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Prime VS Zooms.
« on: April 03, 2012, 11:29:13 PM »
With all this new equipment being released by canon offering great ISO performance. Is an all prime kit seem outdated? I see most opt for pro-zooms than for primes, And some don't own any primes at all. Instead going for 16-35, 24-70, and 70-200 combo.

If you had to forsake zooms or primes, which would it be and why? I could do 80% of all my work with just the 50mm and I'd like to read the varied opinions on primes vs zooms.

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Prime VS Zooms.
« on: April 03, 2012, 11:29:13 PM »

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Re: Prime VS Zooms.
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2012, 01:00:33 AM »
if i had to choose i would take primes over zooms
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2012, 06:08:03 AM »
A Canon prime will always beat a zoom!

Seriously though you can often get two sharp primes for less than the corresponding zoom eg an 85/2 and an 200/2.8 instead of the cumbersome 70-200 f2.8 which handles like a brick!


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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2012, 06:25:10 AM »
A Canon prime will always beat a zoom!

Seriously though you can often get two sharp primes for less than the corresponding zoom eg an 85/2 and an 200/2.8 instead of the cumbersome 70-200 f2.8 which handles like a brick!

A brick? Just how are you using that thing....

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Re: Prime VS Zooms.
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2012, 09:58:45 PM »
A Canon prime will always beat a zoom!

Seriously though you can often get two sharp primes for less than the corresponding zoom eg an 85/2 and an 200/2.8 instead of the cumbersome 70-200 f2.8 which handles like a brick!

Depends on what you do.  Tracking moving objects is easier with the 70-200 II f/2.8 than with the L primes in the same range.

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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2012, 10:49:16 PM »
The definitive answer:  It depends!

If you need a shallow DOF or are shooting in low light, a fast prime is the way to go.  If your subjects will be moving, a zoom may be the best solution.

Budget and style of shooting are also important factors.  In the end, the "right tool for the job" depends on you.
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Re: Prime VS Zooms.
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2012, 11:26:24 PM »
The beauty of an SLR system is that you don't have to choose.  You don't have to forsake one or the other.  Most days I shoot zooms, some days I shoot primes.  Depends on my mood + subject matter.

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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2012, 11:32:52 PM »
If it was one or the other I'd choose primes. I only own one zoom, the 24-105. It's a fine lens for what it is, but mostly I'd chose a fast prime. I'm also one of those people who opted for the 135 and the 200 over the 70-200 zoom. I could make due with my 50 and 135 alone.
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2012, 12:08:11 AM »
each lens is a tool.. and you need the right tool for the right job.. i think it also has a lot to do with personal taste and your shooting style.

i use both primes and zooms.. quality wise i really cant tell much of a difference.. and if i'm out and about i usually pick a zoom lens just because its easier to bring a 24-105 which will handle 95% of what i need. that being said, i REALLY prefer prime lenses and i think i take better shots with prime lenses.. i dont think it has anything to do with the quality of the lens.. or the pictures being sharper.. it just takes out a variable.. i really have ot focus on composition.. i have to really focus on where i'm standing.. (my feet are the zoom) i take shots more thought out and carefully.

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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2012, 12:16:15 AM »
A while back I was trying to find information about a vintage lens I picked up.  One reference I found was from a 1963 Popular Mechanics in an article talking about the future of lenses, that before not too much longer we would all use a single zoom lens that will replace all of our primes forever.. oh and it would be f0.7...

So yeah, the 'why use prime kits when zooms exist?' is an old debate...

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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2012, 12:35:26 AM »
I'm sure you've already considered the quality and low-light capabilities of primes, but since that hasn't convinced you, I also love them because they force me to think harder about what I'm doing.  Some of my most creative shots have been forced out of me because I couldn't solve the problem by simply zooming in.  Enjoy shopping!   ;)

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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2012, 12:39:43 AM »
each lens is a tool.. and you need the right tool for the right job.. i think it also has a lot to do with personal taste and your shooting style.

i use both primes and zooms.. quality wise i really cant tell much of a difference.. and if i'm out and about i usually pick a zoom lens just because its easier to bring a 24-105 which will handle 95% of what i need. that being said, i REALLY prefer prime lenses and i think i take better shots with prime lenses.. i dont think it has anything to do with the quality of the lens.. or the pictures being sharper.. it just takes out a variable.. i really have ot focus on composition.. i have to really focus on where i'm standing.. (my feet are the zoom) i take shots more thought out and carefully.

That is very true - except some primes are way better than some zooms. For example yesterday I took some photos with a 24-105 and then took the same with a 400 f/2.8.  The ones with the 400 f/2.8 were a noticable improvement both in terms of contrast and IQ.

Quite frankly I was stunned at the quality from the 400 - the client is going to turn the shot into an advertising board - A1 size. This was using the 1Ds3 at iso 100 - even when pixel peeping I couldn't see any noise (though it was lit by 3 flash bounced off the ceiling)

I guess there is no definitive answer to this question - Primes are so much lighter, zooms are so much more flexible - but I cant imagine a 300-800 Sigma as a walkabout :D

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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2012, 04:32:05 AM »
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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2012, 04:51:22 AM »
I cant imagine a 300-800 Sigma as a walkabout :D

don't lie if canon made it you would be rocking it for sure :P
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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2012, 05:12:26 AM »
I cant imagine a 300-800 Sigma as a walkabout :D

don't lie if canon made it you would be rocking it for sure :P

It is hard enough handholding the 600 - never mind that heavyweight :D

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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2012, 05:12:26 AM »