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Are zoom lenses taking over from prime lenses?
I always loved my standard 50mm lens. Always thought they didn't get the credit they deserved
Now, I find myself using 18-55mm most of the time for convenience
What's your favourite and why?
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24-70mm and 70-200mm about the same amount.
Both cover my needs for focal length.
Similar to above.
For general photography, it probably works out at:
Most frequent: 24-70mm f/2.8
Next: 70-200mm f/2.8
Third: 14-24mm f/2.8
I do use prime lenses occasionally for specialist purposes, my favourites being 50mm, 20mm and 105mm Micro plus an old manual focus 600mm f/4 for wildlife.
But I think you are right - zooms have pretty well taken over for general use.
Quote: Are zoom lenses taking over from prime lenses?
In short... Yes.
I too used to think in 'Prime' terms but.... **sigh**
For me? I have two.
On my IR-modified Nikon I use the the 18-70mm Nikkor (It's calibrated to the IR sensor in terms of the auto-focusing)
On my D300, my Tokina 12-24mm 'rules' the roost.
Panasonic 100-300mm f4.0-f5.6 90%
Olympus 14-42mm II 10%
However, soon to change drastically when I get the Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro.
With my old E3 it was the 14-54 f2.8 and 35-100 f2.
Now with my OMD, its the 12-50mm, early days yet so I might add another at some point.
Modern Zooms are so much better than those made for film camera`s 20/30 years ago.
canon 100-400 L lens for my wildlife, easy to handle and more than enough reach on my 7D crop sensor for what I need, and when on holiday the plain ol nifty 50mm 1.8 cheap n cheerful but sharp as a tack, excellent for head n shoulders and full body shots by the beach.
On digital, I use a 12-24 and 18-70 (mostly at the wider end) more than longer lenses, but it really depends on what I'm shooting. On rangefinders, I use 35, and more recently a 15.
I prefer wides, and used to use a 20 a lot with film, mostly b+w with a red filter.
I still find myself using zooms at their extremities and moving myself for framing. Not that I'm a luddite, or anything like that.....
I must admit, the Nikkor 18-55mm lens is much better than the old 35-135mm I used with my Minolta X300 and X700 cameras
and the 55-300mm is a great lens
Forgot to say that with my E-P1 and E-PM2, its the standard 14-40 and my Nikkor 10.5 'fisheye'.
Come to think of t... can't remember when I last used my D300...
Canon 85mm 1.8, my favourite lens by FAR! But for general use it's normally my 17-40
I could imagine using this a lot if I had one
70 - 200 as often as I can, 24 - 70 after that.
Sigma 24-70 F2.8 EX DG Macro
I just sold my Siggy 24-70 on eBay, fantastic lens. I have the 24-105 L f4.0 and that gets loads of use (on my 5DII which is a 'full frame' body)
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