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03-19-2009, 04:14 AM   #16
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I'm one of those people who has a strong tendency to just rack to either end and very seldom use the middle. That is part of why I quit using zooms unless doing an event shoot or some such thing.

I quit using autofocus lenses because I always ended up taking waaay too many photos with them.

Using manual focus primes helps to slow me down and keep the number of photos more manageable.

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No scientific evidences of it, by I think I'm using my zooms all the way through as a framing tool. Rather convenient to be able to change framing stepless.
03-19-2009, 05:41 AM   #18
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On my kit zooms (18-55 and 50-200) I generally go full wide, then back it down a little and recompose. I do the same on the long end, go full length then pull it in a little. I also don't shoot with the aperture wide open at any focal length. These lenses, like many zooms, don't perform as well maxed out...I maybe making up my own photo jargon...but you know what I mean
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On my 18-55 I find I use the full range with most shots from 24-40mm area. On my Sigma 70-300 almost all are on the long end but looking through my shots I have a lot at 70mm and lots above 180mm with almost nothing in between. I have a M135 prime which I use quite a bit when I want that range. I use the zooms a lot because they are convienent. I'll be shooting pictures of my daughter this weekend at a superpipe competition in Vermont and I'll probably use the Sigma rather than one of my primes.

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What's a zoom?
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QuoteOriginally posted by gkopeliadis Quote
Checking Lightroom I find that I use both my zooms through their range.
How are you doing this with LR? I haven't figured out a way to filter on focal length.
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What's a zoom?
It's a small, winged marsupial indigenous to coastal regions of Southeast Asia and New Jersey.
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I'd been using only primes for a while and bought a 16-50 and brought it on vacation. Still in the prime mindset, I would think what lens I'd use in a situation, then set that focal length, then frame and shoot. So my shots were at 21, 24, 28, 31, 35, 50.

I thought of it as a multi-prime Of course, I also enjoyed zooming way out to 16 to get some landscapes and that's when I got into the zoom mentality.

I might've been a little hasty in selling a few primes when I got home, but I wouldn't hesitate to bring the 16-50 as my only lens on a day trip. Okay, I'd bring the 43 and 77 for company... And maybe the...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike Cash Quote
Using manual focus primes helps to slow me down and keep the number of photos more manageable.

But Mike, if you do that, you don't stand a chance of winning the "most pictures" race! I'm currently at 22k, but I'm afraid I've still got a long way to go. I'm taking as many as I can, though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Venturi Quote
It's a small, winged marsupial indigenous to coastal regions of Southeast Asia and New Jersey.
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On the topic at hand, I also use my zooms mostly at either end, especially the wide end. However, I usually use the middle range enough that using just primes would be cumbersome.
On a recent trip I took 210 pictures with the kit lens, 67 were at 18, 40 at 55, and the rest evenly distributed throughout the range.
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I certainly use my zooms - 18-55 and 50-200 - throughout their range, as one might expect. But looking at the actual data, I see that the 50-200 in particular spends a really disprortionate amount of time at 50 and at 200, suggesting it wasn't really the right lens to have had mounted. Really, I don't use the intermediate focal lengths much at all. But that's not surprising - if I'm expecting to be shooting in the middle of the range, I'll usually use one of my primes instead. The 50-200 really is just something I take with me when I want a compact 200mm; it gets used at 50mm when I'm too lazy to switch to something shorter.

The 18-55 does also does get used at the extremes a lot, suggesting I really could really use a "standard" lens with more reach at each end. But unlike the 50-200, it does get used quite a lot more in the middle. Again, not surprising, since the middle is such a generally useful focal length range, and I don't often pack my 18-55 just to have an 18mm lens in my bag (although I *have* done that on occasion).

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I use a few specific focal length on my zoom. For example, on my Tamron 17-50, I'd pick one focal length out of the following, 17mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, then zoom with my feet to compose.
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Outstanding images, Jim! Professionalism ain't easy.

On a whole 'nother scale, I can (but don't bother to) track the usage of my DA & FA zooms, and I couldn't even try with all my manuals. My gut tells me that I use them throughout their ranges, except:

The DA 10-17 is more often used at the extremes - makes defishing easier!
The FA 18-55 & -250 are often locked short for casual stealth-snapping, then extended to frame & compose longer shots. For in-town walkabouts, I'll often substitute the Lentar (Kiron?) 21/3.5 whilst keeping those handy.

In olden times, I shot parades with primes. Much running around, oy! Zooms are a blessing, eh? Oh snap, I forgot to bring my Zoom PS-02 mini-digi-studio along on this trip! That's OK, I left the Ovation 12 behind also, just brought a kazoo and ocarina. No need to record those.
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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
I have the Pentax 12-24, 16-45,16-50, 50-135 lenses. In all cases, I use the full range on all of them except the 50-135 which I have never used on a pro shoot. Just too long for most of what I do indoors. If I were to do a full study of all of the focal lengths I have used (and that would take me too long to determine), I would say somewhere between 14-40 mm is where they reside in about 75 percent of the images. When using the Pentax 12-24, I use the full range. The 12-24 is one of my favorite Pentax lenses.

These examples Pentax 12-24 lens. First at 21mm. Second at 14mm. Third shot with DA 16-50 at 29mm.
You have used the camera and lighting to great advantage. I think these owe much more to the conception of the photographer than to the lens or camera alone. Perhaps, the best lessons you can impart to our members is on the optimum use of equipment. Thank you for sharing these pictures.
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I use all 4 of my zooms quite a bit (10-17, 12-24, 24-60, 50-135). I pretty much use the entire range with all of them. I do shoot quite a bit with the 50-135 at 135mm, but that's only because I don't have anything longer right now.

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