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Prime lenses vs zoom lenses.

Discussion in 'Photography Q&A' started by Paul04, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Paul04

    Paul04 Well-Known Member

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    I've never really been a fan of prime lenses, when I had a Nikon camera, a lot of people recommended the 50mm lens ( "nifty fifty”) so I got one, had it for about a month and knew it was not for me, so I sold it, and never bothered with a prime lens again.

    A couple of years on, and a opportunity to buy the Olympus pen f, which came with a 17mm prime lens, tested the camera and the 17mm lens and I was pleased with it, felt right in the hand, well balanced and a nice weight.

    So last weekend I went out with the Pen F and the 12-40mm pro lens and the camera felt really heavy and un-balanced, but after 20 minutes I got use to it,

    Took a few pictures so you can see the difference in size and weight.

    20170808_152149.jpg
    Date: 2017:08:08 15:16:30 - Manufacturer: Samsung - Model: SM-G950F - Focallength: 4.2 mm - Measurement: Center Weighted Average - Aperture: 1.7 - ISO: 50 - Exposuretime: 1/50 sec - Flash: No Flash 20170808_152213.jpg
    Date: 2017:08:08 15:15:39 - Manufacturer: Samsung - Model: SM-G950F - Focallength: 4.2 mm - Measurement: Center Weighted Average - Aperture: 1.7 - ISO: 50 - Exposuretime: 1/50 sec - Flash: No Flash 20170808_152116.jpg
    Date: 2017:08:08 15:17:29 - Manufacturer: Samsung - Model: SM-G950F - Focallength: 4.2 mm - Measurement: Spot - Aperture: 1.7 - ISO: 64 - Exposuretime: 1/100 sec - Flash: No Flash 20170808_152046.jpg
    Date: 2017:08:08 15:18:12 - Manufacturer: Samsung - Model: SM-G950F - Focallength: 4.2 mm - Measurement: Spot - Aperture: 1.7 - ISO: 80 - Exposuretime: 1/120 sec - Flash: No Flash
     
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    Back to Nikon Time, I had the 35mm, 50mm, 40mm Primes. Never weas happy with it.

    Now Oly Time, I have the 17mm 2.8, Bodycap 8mm, 45mm 1.8, and the Sigma. I love those primes so much, light, short and easy to use. I consider the 60mm to buy. I love primes that much.

    I had primes mounted and saw some shots actually taken with my 40-150mm. No I didn't miss th s hot, just the angle of view was a bit different, more interesting.

    Maybe I will get the Oly em10 Mark3 (LOL) than the 17mm 1.8 is on it for sure.

    BTW, Thanks @Paul04 pointing out that primes are great. Did I mention that your photos are looking wonderful.
     
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    Paul04 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Michael, I do find primes more balanced for the smaller camera, off work this weekend, so just going to use the 17mm lens.
     
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    I am eager to see your shoots and review of the 17mm. I am thinking of changing from 17mm 2.8 to the 17mm 1.8.
     
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    I realized a long time ago that I prefer fast zooms. I will "zoom with my feet" but I still like to frame with the zoom.

    In the Nikon days, I had the 35mm, 50mm and 105mm macro. Great lens which saw limited use but captured some of my favorite images on both DX and FX bodies.

    Fast forward to my Fuji days. I have the 8mm fisheye as well as the 16mm, 23mm and 35mm f/1.4's. Great lenses which get limited use. I don't feel so bad about this since I expected this and bought all of them used. When Fuji releases the anticipated 80mm macro (next month?), I'll be looking to add it to my kit. (For what it's worth, I've also bought and sold used copies of Fuji's 18mm, 27mm and 60mm macro.)
     
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    Having Used the 17mm prime lens this weekend, I can see why I like a zoom lens, had to swap over to the 12-40mm lens to get all of the shot in, so now I will have to find another use for the 17mm lens.

    2 shots, 1 at 17mm (un-edited) and 1 at 12mm.

    August 13, 201717mm.jpg
    Date: 2017:08:14 18:56:53 - Manufacturer: Olympus Corporation - Model: PEN-F - Focallength: 17 mm - Measurement: Pattern - Aperture: 4.5 - ISO: 200 - Exposuretime: 1/400 sec - Flash: No Flash August 13, 20177953-2.jpg
    Date: 2017:08:13 14:18:39 - Manufacturer: Olympus Corporation - Model: PEN-F - Focallength: 12 mm - Measurement: Pattern - Aperture: 5 - ISO: 200 - Exposuretime: 1/200 sec - Flash: No Flash
     
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    I would love to shoot primes but where i go birding i would miss 75% of my shots.
     
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    There is no doubt about the quality and sharpness of a prime lense, maybe I just need to adjust my way of looking at the subject and work with the prime lens rather than giving up on it. :)

    I will edit some pictures later on from the 17mm lens.
     
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    When I started playing with cameras they were no zoom lenses. Yes I'm that old. I learned how to shoot & visualize using a 50mm. When zooms started showing up they were real compromises. So I stuck with primes 28mm, 50mm & 135mm. Then something happened, I got old & zooms got better, much better. Now I shoot with zooms, but still keep a nice fast 35mm nifty fifty equivalent for those times I want to lighten my load.
     
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    When the first zooms came out in the 35-70 most photographers said it wasnt worth it,two steps forward or two steps back,that way you kept the IQ ;)
     
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