Primes vs zoom

Started Jun 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
paparios Regular Member • Posts: 482
Re: Primes vs zoom

Whitty wrote:

I have made the decision to stay in the APS-C world for now until perhaps full frame is even more attainable than the 6D currently.

For quality, which would be the better combo

I have a 450D, thinking about the 60D for video and articulating screen mostly.

Will likely get a speedlight 430, as my lightscoop is too wimpy

Option 1

24-105 f4 L.

Option 2

17-55 f2.8 IS

option 3

30mm f2 + 85mm f1.8, possibly 50mm 1.4

option 4

24-70 f2.8

If you have plans to go to FF in the future, it would be convenient to invest on lenses that can be used in both worlds. Using zooms, you can use like the following sequence (it may be quite expensive):

Option 1:  16-35 f2.8L II + 24-70 f2.8L II + 70-200 f2.8L II IS

Option 2: 17-40 f4L + 24-105 f4 L IS + 70-200 f4L IS

How do the primes compare to the zooms? Obviously I would give up speed, but in terms of IQ, how will they compare to my 50mm? I have decided not to worry too much about having to sell EF-S if I go full frame one day, but it is of small consideration.

Don't normally shoot too wide, but my 50mm 1.8 prime is too tight. Love that lens, except the bokeh.

Generally, primes are better than zooms, except, may be, with the 70-200 lenses which have prime IQ in the equivalent aperture.

Here the options would be something like:

Option 1: 14 f2.8L II + 24 f2.8L II + 35 f1.4L + 50 f1.2L +85 f1.2L + 135 f2L + 200 f2.8

Option 2:  35 f2 + 50 f1.4 + 85 f1.8 + 100 f2.8L

People rave about the 17-55, but perhaps I would rather something a bit longer, and how would it compare to my 50mm at 2.8. Seems weird to replace my kit zoom that I rarely use as I have the 50mm prime on my camera all the time, often frustrated I cant zoom out just a little and cant get further away. Would I still like my 50mm prime, or a 30mm prime better.

I am more interested in Canon lenses as I had a pretty bad experience with a sigma. It just is a confidence thing.

I suppose I am concerned I will buy a zoom, then still decide my prime is better.

Another alternative option, which involves using only manual AF with with very good IQ and price is:

Samyang 14 f2.8 + Samyang 24 f1.4 + Samyang 35 f1.4 + Samyang 85 f1.4


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