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jimbro
jimbro  137 forum posts Scotland
28 Jan 2013 - 9:12 PM

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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arhb
arhb e2 Member 72144 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 9:16 PM

24-70mm and 70-200mm about the same amount.

Both cover my needs for focal length.

Last Modified By arhb at 28 Jan 2013 - 9:17 PM
User_Removed
28 Jan 2013 - 9:19 PM

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.

Last Modified By User_Removed at 28 Jan 2013 - 9:20 PM
User_Removed
28 Jan 2013 - 9:22 PM


Quote: Are zoom lenses taking over from prime lenses?

In short... Yes. Smile

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.

StrayCat
StrayCat  1014481 forum posts Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 9:25 PM

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.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314927 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 9:26 PM

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.

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 28 Jan 2013 - 9:27 PM
GazzaG2003
GazzaG2003  11252 forum posts England
28 Jan 2013 - 9:31 PM

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.

Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41177 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 9:32 PM

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.....

Nick

jimbro
jimbro  137 forum posts Scotland
28 Jan 2013 - 9:33 PM

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

User_Removed
28 Jan 2013 - 9:38 PM

(Oops!..)

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... Sad

Christographer_Hull

Canon 85mm 1.8, my favourite lens by FAR! But for general use it's normally my 17-40

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314927 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 9:43 PM

I could imagine using this a lot if I had one Smile

http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/10/15/olympus-15-8-body-cap-lens/

dathersmith
28 Jan 2013 - 10:19 PM

70 - 200 as often as I can, 24 - 70 after that.

Darren.

richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 11:09 PM

Sigma 24-70 F2.8 EX DG Macro

User_Removed
28 Jan 2013 - 11:17 PM

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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