One lens vs. multiple lenses

Started Jul 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Donald Chin
Donald Chin Veteran Member • Posts: 5,757
Re: One lens vs. multiple lenses

trut_maluglist wrote:

Donald Chin wrote:

trut_maluglist wrote:

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.

Then why don't you just use those 50x, 60x superzoom bridge camera, most of them start with 20-24mm up to 1200mm equivalent?

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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?

I don't see there's anything wrong if a photographer use single prime lens too!

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While the SX50 looks like a good camera, I've always prefered SLRs (now DSLRs). Does the SX50 have a viewfinder which allows you to look through the lens?

While you can get good photos with a prime lens, what's not being told by your photos is the flexibility you gave up to be able to shoot with a prime. What if while shooting with a prime 50, you see something that's only going to be there for some 30-60 seconds and you want to get an 18 mm wide angle shot of it? I'll get that shot while you won't. We all have different priorities.

What happen when you need something wider than your 18mm and longer than your 200mm then? 

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