Rethinking focal length conventions

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Dennis Forum Pro • Posts: 20,433
Re: Rethinking focal length conventions

mcslsk wrote:

Not sure what the point is. As a rule of thump, a prime kit should contain lenses that double the focal lenght.

I know that some photographers like that scheme, but it's just an idea for someone to consider, not a rule of thumb, Much more common would have been 28/35/85, 28/50/85 or 35/50/85, I think. I don't think I've run across many photographers that do 20/40/85 or 24/50/100.

Years ago, I had a kit w/24, 50, 100, 200, 400 and enjoyed it quite a bit, but then found it limiting and ended up with a couple zooms. Today, I shoot a mix of primes & zooms, but if I were to switch to primes, my all purpose 3-prime set would be 24, 40, 105; then for nature photography, I'd want 20 and 200/400/600. It's not about how big the gaps are; it's about what FLs I like to shoot. If 40 & 105 weren't available, I'd prefer to go to 24, 35, 135.

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