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11-28-2020, 05:32 PM - 1 Like   #91
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my first instinct is to use one of my many prime lenses

unless I anticipate being in a situation where I cannot change lenses due to need for speed to change focal lengths or other reasons ( anticipated dust/dirt in the air )
then I may choose one of my 6 zooms

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just noticed that this thread was " resurrected " very recently today so I am guessing it may not be of interest to the OP

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11-28-2020, 06:59 PM   #92
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Unless I need my DA 18-135 or DA 55-300 zooms for weather resistance or flexibility on a walk, I'll prefer my DA15, DA40, DA50 or Samyang 135.
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I am mostly a prime ind of guy. In my film days I had carried SMC Pentax 20, 28, 50, 100, 200 and 400 lenses. When I went digital, my K10D came with the 18-55 kit lens, so I added an SMC Pentax 100-300. When this broke I got a Sigma 70-300. Some time after this I got the dreaded LBA and GAS afflictions.

I now have an extensive collection of auto focus zoom lenses. I only have one manual focus zoom. To supplement this I have an even more extensive collection of manual focus primes. No auto focus primes yet. It's not for a lack of trying but K mount primes are quite rare in my valley.
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With Pentax I mostly shoot primes except for my 20-40 mm .

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Leica vario

The Leica Vario-Elmar-R 35-70mm f 4.0 macro is good enough to make you stop shooting the Leica 35mm, 50mm, and 90mm, and save room in the lens bag.
12-22-2020, 06:48 AM   #96
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If I'm shooting landscapes, or portrait sessions where I'm controlling the timing, then I'm using my primes.
If I'm shooting on-the-fly events, it's probably 50/50 zoom or prime, depends on the event. If I find myself claustrophobic with a prime I'll pop the zoom on.

I only have two zooms, a Sigma 17-50 and a Tamron 70-200.

I've done weddings with two cameras, one with zoom and one with prime that I swap when I need.

Often when I want to "travel light" and just hike around and shoot random things in my city, I'll take my favorite combo that's as small as the Sigma zoom: My 21mm, 40mm, 70mm primes. Oh and I have the 55mm f/1.4 which I bring along a lot.
I need to get a 15mm again, I dropped mine and the right 1/3 of the frame is now out of focus blurry.

anyway... that's my normal shooting.
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Primes only. Heck, I only use one. It's the M28 3.5 (on apsc) - I'm happy with the rendering and the field of view is engraved in my brain. KISS works for me. But I do agree with Normhead:

QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Mid to short Focal Length shooters are obviously going to be a lot happier zooming with their feet than long lens shooters.
I do have other primes (24, 40, 50, 135 (which I don't understand)) but gave up on them after settling on 28 apsc. I might be interested in the 20-40 (or 20-35 or 24-50) for that little bit of wiggle room, but then it's a bigger lens (I know, it's a very small zoom) and I'm more at ease with an aperture ring...

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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
just noticed that this thread was " resurrected " very recently today so I am guessing it may not be of interest to the OP
Oops, true enough...
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I mostly use the FA31 as a go-to these days, as I often shoot people relatively close-up in available light.
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I've not read every post in the thread but get the sense that most folk prefer primes and I am the same.

I'm at the next stage in my life (both retired and moving to the coast) and for me it is time to take what has always been a hobby which I haven't invested enough time, effort or money in to the next level.

I have an old Samsung Gx10 with kit zoom lenses plus: Sigma 10-20mm, Pentax A 28mm f2.8, Pentax DA 35mm, Pentax A 50mm f1.7, Tamron Adaptall 2 90mm f2.5, Tamron Adaptall SP 70-210mm f3.5 converters and extension tubes.

I rarely use the zoom kit lenses as I believe them to be inferior to the prime lenses I have and as I like to shoot landscape am generally happy with manual focus.

There are times when I do think something like the Pentax 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 or Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 would be a good investment for more of a walkabout lens.

A new camera needs to be the next purchase though!

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