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View Poll Results: Best focal range for a prime?
Ultra-Wide: 18mm and less, like DA14 41.90%
~20mm, e.g. DA21, Sigma 20/1.8 115.24%
~24mm, e.g. Sigma 24/1.8 52.38%
~28-31mm e.g. FA31 Ltd., Sigma 30/1.4 or Sigma 28/1.8 5727.14%
~35mm, like DA35 Macro or FA35 3617.14%
~40mm, e.g. DA40 115.24%
~50mm, FA50 or future DA*55 4923.33%
~70mm, FA77 or DA70 Ltd.'s 188.57%
~100mm, like Tamron 90mm, DFA 100mm or Sigma 105 Macro 73.33%
~135mm 62.86%
200mm and above 62.86%
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05-29-2008, 01:09 PM   #1
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If you could own only one Prime, what would you choose?

What is the most usable focal lenght for a prime (on a digital crop-sensor body) if you could only have/carry/afford one?
Even if you have 10 zooms, which prime would you just have to have?

Please feel free to post different choices and the specific lenses you would choose

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05-29-2008, 01:22 PM   #2
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Mine is not listed.

Super Takumar 85mm f/1.9 everytime for me.
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tough to choose only one lens... I love the 50 f/1.4 because of its speed.. but it is a little short sometimes... I also like the 28mm, but it is not as fast as the 50mm...

I voted for the 50mm
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QuoteOriginally posted by BBear Quote
tough to choose only one lens... I love the 50 f/1.4 because of its speed.. but it is a little short sometimes... I also like the 28mm, but it is not as fast as the 50mm...

I voted for the 50mm
What would you choose if you had a standard zoom like a 28-75/2.8 to use along with the prime?

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Good question. I'm a toss up between 50mm and 70mm as my wife and I take mostly candid portraits of children and families.

The 50 at 75mm crop factor I find almost perfect, but just a touch short for distance from the subject for me.

I voted for ~70mm.

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Just one? You're mean. If only just a single prime, it would be a fast 50, because of the low light capability. In my case, I'd keep the A50/1.2 version and forgo the autofocus of the FA version.
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QuoteOriginally posted by volosong Quote
Just one? You're mean. If only just a single prime, it would be a fast 50, because of the low light capability. In my case, I'd keep the A50/1.2 version and forgo the autofocus of the FA version.
rubbing that f/1.2 on my nose, huh boy?!


oh well.. i am just jealous



But I think I'd have to go with volosong on this: a fast 50mm is always great! It is just a little narrow sometimes....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Noisychip Quote
What would you choose if you had a standard zoom like a 28-75/2.8 to use along with the prime?

I answered you above, but want to comment on the standard zoom x the prime.


I do have a 28mm f/2.8. Now, a standard zoom 28-78 @ f/2.8 will indeed perform a bit worse than a prime, but you are not getting any faster! both are f/2.8.


so yeah, I would stick with the 50mm @ 1.2 mostly because of the speed.

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If I were to pretend my camera was fixed lens it would be a fa31 ltd.
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I decided wide angle, because of the (theoretically) lower distortion characteristics.
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Fa 31 ltd. A pleasure to use. Good focal length for many things.
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FA 31, on crop factor is close to normal
sharp, smooth bokeh, well constructed
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I can't afford an FA31, i voted on the ~35mm .... my FA35 is a keeper.
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Damn, I only have 2 primes, and now you are asking me which one I want more, thats like asking a parent to chose between their 2 kids. Not nice.
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The DA21 would be my choice on a cropped sensor.

But in reality why settle for only one, let me add the FA43 and I would not need any other lenses
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