One lens vs. multiple lenses

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One lens vs. multiple lenses
Jul 30, 2013

Since going strictly digital in 2007, I have always used just one lens.  First it was an 18-135 and later a 18-200.  The only exception is when I'm doing a photo shoot of people (e.g. wedding; models) in which case I'll put on the 18-55 which came with my D5000.

Advantages of using just one lens:

1) less times changing lenses means lower likelihood of dust getting on the sensor

2) I can change from wide angle to zoom within a second or two.  With two lenses, that would take a good 30-60 seconds at best.

Almost all of the other photography enthusiasts I know (almost all are amateurs and most aren't even as advanced as I am) use multiple lenses.  Some started out with a 18-55 and then got a 70-200 or 70-300.  Others started out with something like a 70-300 and then wanted wide angle capabilities, so they'd get an 11-16 or something like that.  Yet another photographer I know insists I'd be far happier using a 50 mm prime lens than an 18-200 zoom.  These photographers are stuck with either having to change lenses all the time or having to stick to a certain type of photography each time they shoot.  I tell all these photographers about the advantages of the 18-200 lens - especially how I can quickly change from one type of photo to another.  Yet these suggestions almost always fall upon deaf ears.  When one of these photographers spends his/her next $1000 on a lens, they do something strange like upgrade their 70-200 to a 70-300 rather than get a lens that covers wide angle and zoom.

Why on earth would one want to carry around several lenses when an 18-200 (or perhaps 18-135) would cover most of the types of photography they do and would eliminate the necessity of changing lenses all the time?

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