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Do you Love Primes?

I Love Primes.
128 (91.4%)
I Don't Love Primes.
12 (8.6%)

Total Members Voted: 139

Voting closed: August 30, 2012, 05:08:07 PM

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kalmiya

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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2012, 07:36:52 AM »
i can come over to your house free of charge and epoxy your zoom lens in your preferred focal length.(provided it's within your zoom's focal length range) I'll even do weird custom stuff like 80mm, 140mm, or even 103mm, whatever you need. Don't get me wrong.

Amazing... can you also do it the other way around (prime to zoom)?

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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2012, 07:36:52 AM »

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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2012, 08:28:59 AM »
nope. sorry, i've done a bit of research on this and it seems that with a prime lens you are going to have to live will whatever angle of view your lens provides.

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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2012, 08:31:19 AM »
nope. sorry, i've done a bit of research on this and it seems that with a prime lens you are going to have to live will whatever angle of view your lens provides.

lol, does not take much research!
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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2012, 08:42:07 AM »
Primes to my taste are 35mm F1.4L - 50mm F1.4 - 85mm F1.2L II.
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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2012, 08:56:48 AM »
Why isnt there an option for liking both! There is room for both most certainly! I like using both.
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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2012, 11:00:53 AM »
Why isnt there an option for liking both! There is room for both most certainly! I like using both.

You love primes or you don't, how much simpler can a poll be? :P

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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2012, 11:16:52 AM »
I love primes. I actually only own 1 zoom: 16-35 f2.8L. My primes are: 35 f1.4L, 50 f1.2L, Sigma 85 f1.4L, 100 f2.8 Macro L, 135 f2 L.

I shoot weddings with 1 camera with the 16-35, the other with the 35 f1.4L, or another prime.

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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2012, 12:04:48 PM »
Why isnt there an option for liking both! There is room for both most certainly! I like using both.

You love primes or you don't, how much simpler can a poll be? :P
Get rid of the second option...
Even simpler...
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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2012, 12:37:33 PM »
I love my primes.  I do wish I had a full frame camera, though, because I would enjoy 35 more than my current 135 (with crop).  The other two FLs overlap on either system (56 and 80 with crop, 50 and 85 without).  The smaller depth of field would also be fun to take advantage of.  That's not to say I haven't taken good pictures with them, or have not enjoyed using them, but 'the grass is always greener...'
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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2012, 12:46:56 PM »

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I like a good lens.

Whatever one gets the current job done is the one I love best for now.

That's why I have a camera that allows me to use different lenses.
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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2012, 12:57:54 PM »
As you can see from my sig I pretty much shoot exclusively with primes.  The only zoom I have left is the old 16-35mm but with the ZE 21 on top of the 14mm it doesn't get much use anymore, but I do appreciate it's versatility.  If all zooms performed like the 70-200 II I may consider ditching at least some of my primes, but unfortunately they dont..
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« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2012, 02:21:37 PM »
the research wasn't to intensive. it maybe took 2 hrs with google's help, but then i think i got a handle on it. it's just weird. 

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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2012, 04:06:11 PM »
(disclaimer: skip to the bottom for my point)

the first bit of advice I ever got before I even purchased my first DSLR was to ditch the kit lens and buy prime lenses.  I was all for it for a while.  I got the 50mm 1.4 and eventually the 35mm 1.4L (which I use for my video work).  BTW I'm on a 60D.  Just before I purchased the 35L, I thought, "man, this is really gonna upgrade my photos".  In a way, it did.  Colors are awesome with this lens, control over DOF in video and stills is awesome, and on a crop, I feel it's a great all around focal length for my photography.  I had the expectation that having an aperture this large would solve all my low light problems but unfortunately it didn't.  I still feel the strain on my 60D and it's high ISO noise limits.  This forced me to look at my technique and eventually learn more/better ways to use my flash(es) (onboard, 430ex ii, and 600ex-rt).  When flashes are used well, I can get pictures to look more like the way I see them in my head but the metering in my camera is now useless.  My shadows are more interesting and I feel like I can create "moods" with my pictures using bounce flash and some OCF tricks.  If I'm using a flash, I don't need as wide of an aperture that primes offer so I went back to my 24-105L.  Maybe this will all change again when I upgrade to a full frame camera.

My point:  my primes don't completely solve my low light woes (at least on my 60D) but they offer very narrow DOF if I need it.  For portraits, they are great but I still like using primes with a couple flashes. I'd rather walk around with the flexibility of my 24-105 zoom and a flash or two.
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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2012, 04:42:37 PM »
Primes are great; until you travel in Africa with lots of sand and dust and wind and simply can't change lenses when you want.
There's a tool for every situation and while traveling I prefere L zooms. Primes when I'm in a more controlled environment or for low light.

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Re: I love Primes.
« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2012, 05:29:33 PM »
I love Primes. Do you?

The more I use them, The more I'm glad I used my budget on them. ;D

I'm going to wait & try the new 24-70 mrk II before buying some primes. I love my 70-200 f2.8 IS II. If the new mrk II is good as 70-200 or better, then no prime needed for me.
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Re: I love Primes.
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