75mm Oly vs 35-100mm Pany on an OMD

Started Jul 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
purpleray Senior Member • Posts: 1,261
Re: 75mm Oly vs 35-100mm Pany on an OMD

mpresley wrote:

purpleray wrote:

The diificulty with the primes is the loss of flexibility in composition. I'm using my feet all the time but if I want to catch the shot, I'll cut off some arms and legs.


I have both lens and as far as quality of the results goes the edge goes to the 75, but the 35-100 is no slouch, and not that far behind. I've used each of them for several trips to various Renaissance Fairs in Texas. The extra stop+ of the 75 would be more of an advantage in the venue you're talking about over the fairs, but the advantage certainly goes to the 35-100 for flexibility. After using both I've settled on the zoom for the dynamic environments, and the prime will be put to use when I'm in control.

I ended up buying the 35-100 too, despite the apparent better IQ of my 45 f1.8 shots.

a big part of the problem is exposure - balancing the spots on the leads v shadows on the chorus or just another lead out of the spot - so the narrower FOV of the 35-100 may overcome this issue to an extent. It's hard to overcome the extra stop of light.

Shooting from where I do  - behind the orchestra -, I'm usually about 4-5 mtrs from the stage, the 35-100 will be good for most shots.

Still, it just might be the primes wide open cant be beat for ultimate IQ.

However, at least at this stage, the IQ from the fast zooms is what is expected from theatre.  I better not show them what can be done with fast primes.




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