A Nikonian seeking basic (wide-ish) prime advice

Started May 21, 2012 | Discussions thread
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heulwen OP
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Re: A Nikonian seeking basic (wide-ish) prime advice
In reply to photonius, May 22, 2012

Regarding getting a zoom (like an 18-55 IS). She just needs to think of it as a 5 primes, i.e. 18mm, 21mm, 24mm, 35mm, 55mm. Many use a zoom just as a lazy way of avoiding to walk a bit - and I guess that's one of the reasons a prime can be nicer, because it forces you to think and walk a bit to try things. Still, if you think of a zoom as several primes in one, you see a lens like the 18-55 IS is a great deal and you don't need to disregard a zoom just because it's a zoom. You just need to be disciplined when using it - One could put a sticker on the lens to keep it at one focal length for a day.

The variable focal length isn't the problem, it's the aperture. As soon as they make a zoom with an aperture larger than f2.8 (and preferably weighing less than 1kg), I'll be all over it, ;). She's the same, using the primes mostly wide open or very close to it and feeling crippled by the zooms because of the small apertures.

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