Prime's "Look" vs Zoom's Lack Thereof

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Prime's "Look" vs Zoom's Lack Thereof
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This is more of a discussion thread than an advice-seeking thread, and this discussion is the most relevant to street photography, people/portrait photography and wedding photography.

I read that some photographers prefer a combination of primes instead of a zoom not because the former have better optics (which is arguable), but because they give you a consistent and cohesive (sometimes more artistic) look.

For example, a portfolio that was shot with a 35mm and 85mm will have a more consistent look than one shot with a 24-70, because the zoom gives you a lot of small increments of FL (such as 24mm, 25mm, 26mm etc), which can make a portfolio look less cohesive.

Having browsed plenty of portfolios, I did find that using a combination of primes does give you a more consistent look, and most of the time I found those portfolios to be much more "artistic" and "characteristic." Going through my own galleries (not the ones in my signature), I did also find that the photos I took with 24-70 GM lack the cohesiveness the photos I took with my 85mm have.

I also noticed that for the photos I took with my 24-70 GM, most of them were taken either at 24mm or at 70mm.

Therefore, I'm debating selling my 24-70 GM for a 24/1.4 or 35/1.4 prime to complement my 85/1.4.

Do you think taking photos with primarily primes will render a more consistent and cohesive looking portfolio? Or do you think such a thing doesn't exist?

I know "it all depends," but I would like to hear what your input on this is.

 jameszhan's gear list:jameszhan's gear list
Sony a7 III Sony FE 28mm F2 Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM
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