Ken Rockwell: Don't buy a midrange zoom. Carry a fixed 50mm instead, like a pro.

Started Dec 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Ken Rockwell: Don't buy a midrange zoom. Carry a fixed 50mm instead, like a pro.
In reply to gomoku, Dec 17, 2012

gomoku wrote:

Actually I agree with Ken on this one.

A 50mm is liberating because you have to move and think before you shoot. The image quality is better and you have the opportunity for a shallow DOF / smooth bokeh effect which the mid-range zooms don't offer. And, the 50mm is much lighter and smaller.

With a high resolution camera (I use the D800) you can also crop quite easily in post if the 50mm was not exactly what you needed.

Of course a 50mm is not a 24mm and if the wide end is important to you you might reconsider. I use the 50mm f/1.4 along with the 16-35mm f/4 so I am covered on the wide end. In addition I also enjoy the fabulous 85mm f/1.8 for portraits. I haven't done the math but these 3 lenses together will not cost much more than the 24-70mm f/2.8 so it might be something to consider.

I never missed a mid-range zoom.

It's not the overall cost that some users prefer primes. It's the weight that you have to carry around your hand or your neck. I picture having the 24-70 around my neck will get old very quickly, unless I am on a paid mission where I have to quickly set up or miss the shot. Knowing my mission, I prefer to shoot with a prime. I would carry alternate primes around a waist pack to cover the situation if it changes.

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