Getting a single lens. Which would be more practical? 35mm or the 18-50mm zoom?

Started Apr 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
mr moonlight
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Re: Getting a single lens. Which would be more practical? 35mm or the 18-50mm zoom?
In reply to Joachim Gerstl, Apr 9, 2013

Contrary to what many feel, for daily photography I feel the 35mm prime is the versatile lens vs. the 18-50mm zoom. You don't have nearly the flexibility of isolating subjects with shallow DOF, more pleasing bokeh or freezing subjects in low light. A good prime beats a comparable level zoom on every level except multiple focal lengths. In many cases you can "zoom with your feet" and in others you can auto-stitch.

If you're doing specialized photography such as headshots, wildlife or interiors, yes you need specific focal lengths, but for most day to day shooting a 35mm or 50mm equiv. will do the job. In a studio you have control over lighting, but when traveling or just out and about around town, you rarely have any control over light. The faster your lens, the better you are able to handle various lighting conditions, especially indoors or in the evening/night.

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