16-35mm+70-200mm only?

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caterpillar Veteran Member • Posts: 7,211
Another way to cut it

Rol Lei Nut wrote:

For decades my standard prime kit was 21 +35 + 85/90mm. I (almost) never missed having something between 35 and 85mm.

I still very happily use similar prime lineups (sometimes with a 28-90mm gap, like on my current journey).

I also use 16-35 + 70-200/300 (Canon in my case).

The only drawback with the zooms could be if you need very fast or macro lenses.

With my 5d2, I standardized to the ff:

- Tamron 17-35 f2.8-4 for my wide

- 50mm f1.8 STM

- 85 f1.8 usm (mid & portraiture)

- 70-200 f2.8L IS mk1

The reason for this is that I notice that the 5d2 tends to be a bit softer (nicer really for portraits) and if I want the edge, primes is the way to go. The Tamron 17-35 is surprisingly sharp. I kept that and knew it was good way, way back when I tested it with the 5d1. It was also fast at f2.8 at the widest, which was the intent of that zoom. No real choice in the days for a prime at that FL.

I had the 24-105 f4L before but it wasn't that stellar at the long end. It was good maybe 24-50mm. Past that, it's not exactly soft, but not exactly inspiring. The L colors where there, but the IQ was sort of lacking the wow factor. I had that traded with the 70-200 f2.8L IS plus cash, which is what I have today.

Whenn I finally switch to the Sony A7iii or A7R ii or iii now, I'd probably save up for the 24-105 f4 G OSS and later on get the Sony 85 f1.8. I'd keep the tamron 17-35 unless I notice it falls apart with a 42mp sensor, even if stopped down to f5.6-f9.  If So, I might just get the FE 28mm f2.0 and the converter to 21mm. Or skip the converter and find something in the 12-24mm that is sharp even if it is manual focus from 3rd party lens makers.

In the interim, I have the MB-4 to be the adapter for my Canon lenses.

In summary, one can opt for all primes, all zooms, or a combination of zoom & primes. How one wants to slice it depends on the person already. A lot of that depends on the type of photography also does. I am sure that a bird photographer will not even consider anything lower than 17mm. He may even skip the 16-40mm range and go to 50mm, 85/100mm and his favorite long zoom that reaches up to 400mm or 600mm. A sport shooter OTOH, would have a different mix. So with a wedding/events shooter.

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