Lens dilemma: Multiple Primes vs Standard zoom

Started May 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
Andrew53 Regular Member • Posts: 313
Re: Lens dilemma: Multiple Primes vs Standard zoom

My usual "travel" kit has been

24-105, 50mm f1.2, 70-300, 16-35 with the most important lenses first. Depending on the subject matter you can switch them up. I like taking a fast 50 for night use. I find 35mm doesn't make as nice people pictures. 95% of my photographs could be take with the 24-105 and a good 50mm.

Recently I tried

24-70 Mark II, 70-300 16-35, 50f1.2.

The 24-70 so good one has to wonder if it is useful to carry primes. The 50mm f1.2 still has noticeably better bokeh so I am loathed to give it up. I am not sure the increase in IQ with the 24-70 is worth the loss of versatility compared to the 24-105, but that's my style.

Substitute the 70-200f4L IS for the 70-300, and the 17-40f4 for the 16-35, and the 50mm f1.4 for the f1.2 and you just about have it all covered again with a cheaper set of lenses and almost as good. The 70-200f4LIS is pretty special and I often wonder if I made a mistake in selling it.

I am not an 85mm type of guy, but the 85mm f1.8 is a very good lens and punches well above it's weight - which is quite light for an 85mm.

The 24-105 isn't the sharpest and doesn't have the nicest bokeh, but it is OK on both counts and takes a decent portrait at 105mm. I have taken more photographs with the 24-105 than my next 10 lenses combined.

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