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03-31-2008, 01:47 PM   #1
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Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

I jsut wonder in this day of High Quality Zoom lens and Super Zoom lens if anyone here still shoots excusively with Primes?

03-31-2008, 02:01 PM   #2
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Exclusively? Nope not me but every time I put the 50 or 31mm on the camera, I wish I had more lenses like these 2. I think Finn is one of the few that only shoots primes.

No question if the work is important or paid I will use primes where ever possible. They are simply better than zooms for a number of reasons.
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I own two zoom lenses - FA 20-35 and DA 55-200. I rarely use either one, and have considered selling both.

The lenses that I use more often are DA 21, FA 43, DA 70. Occaisionally, I use the DA 14, and some SMC Takumar primes (28/3.5, 50/1.4, 105/2.8).
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for a beginner like me, i've selected my lenses such that I have some wide primes that i'll use more frequently and then a superzoom as backup (when i need the functionality and because i don't shoot telephoto).

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Not exclusively by any means, but I use primes a great deal. It just seems to work out with me that most of my 'wow' shots happen with the primes. Sharpness/resolution/color always seem a tad better with the primes than even my DA* zooms, but I suspect one of the reasons that's the case is that I tend to put more effort into composition, camera angle and focus when I'm using a prime. That seems especially true when using a manual prime.

When I used to play paintball, I remember that there was always a general consensus that the well-crafted single shot 'pump' guns were more accurate than the newer semi-auto or full-auto guns. Paintball veterans and pros who used the automatic markers even insisted that was the case - but whenever controlled target testing was done, that didn't seem to hold true. Target groupings almost always turned out the same between the pump guns and the better automatics in test situations.

I think what was happening was that when people used the pumps, they had to be more careful with shot selection and aim - in the heat of battle, they took that extra two seconds to compose themselves, aim, breathe... and pull the trigger. The shooter as well as the paint-spraying maniac he just picked off assumed it was the accuracy of the pump that won the battle, but it wasn't. It was the shooter being forced to use his skill.

I think that's directly analogous to shooting with primes.


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03-31-2008, 02:27 PM   #6
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Yep, I've got the 21/40/70 pancake set. It all fits in a small bag, with one polarizer and one graduated ND filter in 49mm. It's great, since all the lenses use the same size filter and hood. Not only that, my old Olympus OM1 film system is a 28, 50, 100, and 200. And the first 3 also use a 49mm filter. And my Mamiya 6, only prime lenses there too. A 50, 75, and 150. Those zoomy things are way too big.
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Primes would definitely dominate zooms in all respects: price, sharpness, weight, low light capability, and bokeh. The only thing that a zoom offers me is less to no lens switching. I bought my DA* zoom recently to prepare myself for an upcoming wedding shooting. But other than these types of events, I would never use my zoom. And of course, I enjoy immensely the paper thin DOF of my primes .
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my 50-135* is great. My 77ltd is sublime.

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03-31-2008, 03:54 PM   #9
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I have a couple of Primes.


I wish that I was adept enough at this darned hobby to use them exclusively.
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I shoot with nothing but primes. I have owned several zooms over the years, but they never saw any use, and I have always ended up selling them.
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All I have is primes now, manual ones at that. Granted I'm no expert, there is something about the old primes that captures better than the new lenses.

The type on shooting I do; my family, landscape, birds, casual shots, etc. I bought the sharpest and fastest lenses I can afford. House mortgage comes first
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All primes. 15, 31, 58, 125, 180, 400, 500. Looking at making the upcoming DA*60-250 my first zoom for outdoor events. Snow and switching my Voigtlanders makes me nervous.
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