Rethinking focal length conventions

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SelrahCharleS Senior Member • Posts: 2,737
Re: Pentax has you partially covered...

f1point4andbethere wrote:

I've been a professional wedding photographer for 20 years this year, and have gone through multiple camera and lens systems over the years. I'm definitely a prime lens guy, and have kind of settled on 35+85mm being my bread & butter with 20mm and 135mm being my secondaries. I used to do the Holy Trinity of zooms, but really prioritize the benefits of the faster apertures that f1.4 primes bring over the conveniences of zooms.

All of this being said, after a recent conversation with some other photographer friends, we came to the idea that our ideal kit actually doesn't really exist. This kit would consist of f1.4 primes of 20mm, 40mm, 80mm and 160mm. We were suddenly questioning the odd focal lengths that prime lens convention has settled on; 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm, etc...

Is there anyone else here who shares the same desire for prime options in less conventional focal lengths? I know that 40mm would be my most used by far, followed by 80mm. I guess we can get close, but would love to hear some others thoughts.

They are missing both the 20mm and 160mm, but they have a 21mm on their roadmap for (probably) 2021. I think they had some 150mm lenses back in the manual focus days, but now I only see 200mm.

Their somewhat quirky lineup includes the followed beloved "Limited" lenses that almost line right up with your desired focal lengths:

43mm f/1.9

77mm f/1.8 (they also have 85mm f/1.4 options)

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