Prime Lenses Vs. Zoom

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    Ernest Lloyd
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    Hey guys, I have been buying and selling camera gear over Ebay for the past month and have come across some great prime lenses.
    The reason that I like Prime lenses is basically because you can get really wide apertures with them, and they can tend to be slightly more sharp.

    Anyhow, I am wondering if anyone on here has experience shooting with just primes? Would it be worth the investment to get a lineup of prime lenses?
    Just throwing my idea out there to see what you all think! Right now I am enjoying using a 50mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, and a 35mm 1.8.
    Any thoughts on the disadvantages of using prime vs. zoom lenses?
    I look forward to some comments or advice!

    #51832
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    I haven’t just used a prime lineup before! Maybe you’ll be able to give me advice one of these days. 🙂 I’d be curious to know how often you find yourself switching lenses, and also why you have both the 50mm 1.8 and 1.4, and if you’ll probably end up getting rid of one of them?

    #51839
    Ernest Lloyd
    Participant

    …and also why you have both the 50mm 1.8 and 1.4, and if you’ll probably end up getting rid of one of them?

    I’m not decided on that yet, but I really am liking f/1.4…
    I think I will get rid of the f/1.8 since I like the 50mm 1.4 lens better for video.

    I’d be curious to know how often you find yourself switching lenses

    Yeah, that is the downside to primes. But on a product photography shoot I have been using the 50mm,-which works until you get something too tall or wide… and if you have only a small space to photograph them in. 🙂 Then I have switched to the 35mm which is nicer in some respects since it’s focus distance is much closer than the 50mm.
    I don’t have any experience with the more expensive primes yet, like the 300mm, 105mm, or 20mm.

    #51912
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Good to know!

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