Help with Zeiss 24mm!

Started Feb 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
nrcole Regular Member • Posts: 411
Re: Help with Zeiss 24mm!

What a prime lens does over a zoom, mostly, is expand your possibilities. The Zeiss has a large, f1.8 aperture that allows it to gather more light that your zooms, which should allow you to take better pictures in low light. It's tricky though because the Zeiss doesn't have image stabilization and both your other lenses do, so in theory you can shoot at slower shutter speeds on them and still get sharp pictures (if you haven't, do some reading on what the appropriate shutter speeds are to make sure your pictures are as sharp as possible). It's probably a wash in terms of low light between what you've got now and the Zeiss, but a wide aperture also allows you to blur the background when shooting close to your subject. So image quality aside, prime lenses usually expand your options creatively vs. zooms.

As far as pictures being "amazingly" better it's a little tricky. A thousand dollar lens will not, 99% of the time, change a bad picture in to a good one. The differences are subtle in terms of resolving power, colour rendering, and micro-contrast. Your good pictures will be better with an expensive lens, but it won't make you a better photographer.

The most important question is, do you often shoot at 24mm on your current lenses? A prime lens is something you want to get at the focal length you use the most. Most people find 24 and 35mm on APS-C to be a very standard length to shoot at, and e-mount has strong lenses now for both of these.

Take a look back through your shots with the zooms, and check what length your favourite pictures are at. That's the length you should buy a prime for. The new SEL35, the Sigma 30, and the SEL50 are all really good lenses and also most of the benefits that thousand dollar Zeiss lens will offer at a fraction of the price. Still, if you really love shooting at 24mm and think you could spend a ton of time only shooting at that, maybe the Zeiss is right for you.

Also, do yourself a favour and rent the 10-18mm UWA zoom and see if you really want to shoot at 12mm. You can take great landscapes at 24mm or even 35mm. Personally I have trouble making things look good at even 18mm. Not the case for everyone and maybe you have tried 16mm on your PZ and found you wish you could go even wider, but you won't know if it's for you before you've actually tried it.

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