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06-26-2017, 05:39 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
I do probably 99% of my pictures with prime lenses. The only zoom I own is an ancient Tokina 80-200 f/2.8 which sees very occasional use.
But would you be that way if you actually owned a few high quality zooms?

06-26-2017, 10:08 AM   #32
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Not me. The DA*60-250 is the lens my collection of lenses is built around. It doesn't make any sense for me to carry lenses in that range. We've compared with our prime lenses and it's as sharp as any prime. I favour primes for macro. I doubt there's much available for macro zooms that compares with primes.

On a recent outing to Niagara Falls, I shot

60- 60-250 images.
20 FA 50 macro and DA*200 images.
10 FAJ 18-35 images
10 DA*200 and 50 macro images.
60 images A one lens hike with the 18-135
10 Tamron 300 images.

Of the keepers, 130 zooms, 40 prime images.
24% primes, 76% zooms.



On the bird side of things...over the same time period,

10 60-250. (birds in flight)
Then 70 DA*200s with the F 1.7 AF adapter.
Then 20 with the Tamron 300 and 1.7x
Then 10 more with the 60-250.

For birds, more than 70% prime.

I never even think about zoom or prime. Just "what's the best lens for the job." But for the focal lengths I shoot, shooting prime only would seriously crimp my style. It makes me wonder, what do you guys shoot, where you can get away just shooting primes?

The question I would ask would be, do you actually own any DA* quality zooms. Obviously if you don't own good quality zooms, you can't shoot with them, appropriate or not. I assume a preference for primes extends to not actually owning the zooms that might replace them in a particular circumstance.

My 28-105 and 60-250 are so good they only come off the camera for particular instances where length or macro are necessary.
I've owned the:

DA 16-85mm
D FA 28-105mm
DA* 16-50mm
DA* 60-250mm

As well an assortment of other zoom lenses that I can't remember. I usually end up using them like primes at one or the other end of the range partly because some of the focal lengths in the middle are just not naturally appealing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
But would you be that way if you actually owned a few high quality zooms?
I would be a very different photographer if I owned a few high quality zooms. I do own 4 dozen or so high quality primes.
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A few years ago I reduced my gear back to primes. I had fa31mm, da*55mm, fa*85mm and da*300mm. For my feeling there was nothing I couldn't do with that set (no interest in wider) at that time.

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Count me among those who zoom with their feet.

I do own a couple of moderate range zooms; I recently added another.
However I almost always use fixed focal length lenses.

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About 70% prime.
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Yeah, probably about 70% primes here too. My longest convenient lens is a 55-300, so that goes with me during bird migration season. The 18-135 is just plain useful as a walkaround, and is a great travel lens.

DA21 - A great little performer with plenty of contrast and color response. It makes outstanding casual portraits and wide landscapes.
FA100 f2.8 - a fine piece of kit.

At the last two Wonderfests I've brought two lenses, the DA21 and Sigma 28 f1.8 macro. The 21 is for everything but the contest room where the short macro Sigma is perfect. For the group shot after the awards, someone's wife was taking pictures.
Very amusing, first she tried using the rear screen, I said look through the viewfinder.
"Oh, like a real camera! How do I focus? I don't have my glasses on, I can't see"
"Half-press the shutter button."
"Nothing's happening, it's still out of focus."
"That's just your eyes, the camera's fine. We're past infinite focus for that lens, it won't rack focus."
"How do I zoom?"
"Step closer or further."
Presses shutter, 5 shots fire off in rapid succession. "(Expletive deleted)"
The shots were great.

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I love when I ask someone to take a photo of us with my K3 and I can see them searching for the zoom ring on the lens. Sometimes they ask how to zoom, sometimes they give up and just use the focal length I've provided, which is the correct one for the shot I want.
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I love when I ask someone to take a photo of us with my K3 and I can see them searching for the zoom ring on the lens. Sometimes they ask how to zoom, sometimes they give up and just use the focal length I've provided, which is the correct one for the shot I want.
I had a real good laugh one day at Longwood gardens near Philadelphia. I found a couple toting around a DSLR with a large zoom attached and assumed they would not be intimidated with my K-3 and asked then to take a photo of my wife, son and me. When I handed the person my K-3 in the green mode I just said point it and shoot. I got a confused look after a few moments and I asked are you OK with it? She responded" Where is the zoom?" I explained it was a prime and you step forward or back. The best part, the lens on my camera was the DA 40 Limited.
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I was shooting the with the DA*200 one day on the bridge near my house. A couple were walking by, she slowed down to ask me about the lens and camera. I explained what they were. She asked how much they cost. I said about a thousand dollars for the camera and the same for the lens. She yells at her sweetie, "this guy paid almost $2000 for that camera and it doesn't even zoom."

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I was shooting the with the DA*200 one day on the bridge near my house. A couple were walking by, she slowed down to ask me about the lens and camera. I explained what it was,thery were. She asked how much they cost. how much did it cost. I said about a thousand dollars for the camera and the same for the lens. She yells at her sweetie, "this guy paid almost $2000 for that camera and it doesn't even zoom."


Just as well it wasn't a FF Canikon with an 85mm f/1.2 on it!
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My m42 mount lenses are mostly primes.

My K-mount lenses are mostly zooms.

I mostly use my K-mount 21-35mm zoom at either 21mm or at 35mm, as if it were two primes.
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Raises hand. K01 plus FA 28, A50/1.2, HD DA70, M100 Macro.
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Although I have many zooms I use them sparingly, taking one or two for certain situations as already mentioned for convenience while mainly shooting people or action. That said, I long used primes for those same situations and will again if light is low. Most of my photos have always been scenic and nature so I want to take a deliberate approach and think carefully about each shot. FOV, DOF, and perspective are my main concerns and if a zoom is used for those shots I easily fall for the convenience without giving a photo the full treatment. It's too easy to change focal length but leave out thinking for the best perspective and very difficult to properly consider DOF when depth of field scales are missing on almost every zoom.
I'll admit my approach was refined during the slide film years but I still find it's the method I prefer for digital.
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The only prime I have is my DFA Macro 100 mm WR. I love it. Still, I cannot let go the convenience of a zoom. I would love to have the 70-300 and the 150-450. But, my tendinitis is killing me.
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