Fast primes vs good zooms

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OP spike29 Senior Member • Posts: 1,904
Re: indoors, moving subjects without flash

Dreeke wrote:

That is my main application of fast primes.

Now a days that is indoors sports, where the flash I would have to bring to light up the player in the court wouldn't be apriciated

This can be a huge factor to buy a f/1.7 i play a fast game as in Badminton and freeze the moment just right(only motion in racket and shuttle flight) is a difficult task. ( i don't take my camera a lot with me when i play myself but it can be fun with a 15mm f/1.7 (post before about dof fits in this matter. (3m distance will give me a field of view of 3.46m by 2.60m high. (DoF of 2.47m) So clear subject selection/isolation.) Standing next to the field will do with a 15mm.

Some years ago it was the kids playing indoors. I don't want to flash kids. f/2.8 works as long as they are more or less stationairy but if they are walking f/1.7 or f/1.8 (or, if you don't mind the size, a sigma f/1.4) makes a huge difference.

And then there is the fun factor. I just like primes more than zooms. On family outings I use the zooms, if I go out by myself (or for myself) I carry a bag of primes

i am starting to see the pro's and con's in practical use and when its a advantage to bring a faster lens like a prime.

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