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Is it worth buying a Prime?

Carabosse 18 41.7k 270 England
19 Dec 2007 3:48PM
I have, on occasion, gone out with only my 50mm f1.4 attached to my 5D. It does indeed force you to be more creative.

At the same time it can be a slight frustration, especially when it is just not wide enough... and there's not much you can do about that scenario, generally! When it's not long enough, you can crop - up to a point.

Also the 50mm lenses don't focus very closely (my 17-40L is better in that respect).

So a prime can be both creative and limiting, at the same time.
mini670 17 174 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2007 10:14PM
im after a 50mm, simply because its standard and its prime and its cheap (slow version). and i simply want to see the difference in quality using a prime, and taking the prime only lens out with me may make me think more of composition.....After christmas though.
User_Removed 14 1.5k 1
19 Dec 2007 11:45PM
im getting a 28mm and a 50mm to accompany my 85mm. i think i will learn alot. james
kenp 15 96 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2007 6:19PM
I'm a Pentax man and I've just bought an old 50mm 1.7,"A" lens! is superb,,,manual focus but it is streets ahead of what I've used!,,,even the Pentax 16/45!............I dont know if you can use old Canon lenses on new cameras, but it if you bought an old piece of glass it might give you an idea of what you can achieve! should be able to pick a 50mm canon prime quite easily!.........good luck!..................Ken
kenp 15 96 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2007 6:24PM
I have just checked have dozens of manual focus primes in there second hand dept!'s worth a look!.........Ken
riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
20 Dec 2007 6:34PM
I have a 50, 70 and 300 prime, I wouldn't give up one of them!
martinproe 16 293 5 England
11 Jan 2008 6:04PM
I bought the 50mm 1.8 and it set me on the road to buying more primes. My favourite being my 135mm f2. I love them, and they definitely make you think more than a zoom does. The quality is by and large better, most shots now need little or no sharpening, and the low light capabilities are terrific.
Grimm 14 587 6
11 Jan 2008 6:20PM
I have a Sigma 30mm 1.4, Canons 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8, and a Sigma 105. I hardly use any of my zooms and some of them are L glass. The primes are just better.
Grimm 14 587 6
11 Jan 2008 6:24PM
LOL! Surprised its Carl's thread. I will expect Lee in this thread soon if I were you.
colin beeley Plus
18 1.2k 10 England
12 Jan 2008 8:40AM
have a read here might help make up your mind >
peterjones 19 5.2k 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2008 9:56AM
In my wedding work I much prefer primes to zooms because primes capture so much more detail than even L zooms and they are consistently sharper.
However I haven't got rid of my zooms; I still have the 70/200/2.8L and the 24/105/4L both of which run the primes a close second; I also have a 17/40/4L which is consistently sharp but I notice that detail rendition is quite a bit behind the prime counterparts.
conrad 17 10.9k 116
12 Jan 2008 1:11PM
I'm a fan of primes as well (see my earlier post). But I wonder why no one's come up with a 10mm prime yet - wouldn't that be much better than a 10-20 zoom, for instance?

I know there's a 14mm by Canon, available at a huge price (L glass, after all), and a much more reasonably priced Tokina 17mm, but by now I would have expected to see more choices like these on the market.

Unless there's some kind of good technical or financial reason for not dropping below the present 14mm bottom limit in primes?
peterjones 19 5.2k 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2008 1:39PM
doesn't Stigma make prime wides i.e. wider than 14mm?
answered my own question Smile they make fisheyes but not w/a as such
annstox 15 48
12 Jan 2008 7:13PM
Like Croberts, my fav lens is my 28mm canon prime on my 30D and I find I'm rarely using my standard zoom. Got it for 70 on ebay. I usually pair it with my sigma 50-150mm 2.8 when out & about.
13 Jan 2008 1:34PM
I still have my 24 mm f2.8 which dates from 1988 and which I bought for my EOS 600 camera in about 1990. It still produces excellent photos in my 400D, where its effective focal length is 38 mm.

The best value for bucks is the 50 mm f1.8, particularly if you can get hold of one of the originals, and not the Mark II, though optically they are pretty much the same.

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