24mm and 50mm, or just 35mm?

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NotASpeckOfCereal Senior Member • Posts: 2,019
Re: Photo Audit

LordKOTL wrote:

Beat me to it with the "Audit" part.[...]
That will give you the answer of what primes you'll want to look into. If, for instance, you have very few or no photos taken at 35mm why get a prime of that length?

I'm going to push back on this.

A zoom is often for convenience and flexibility. Often, that means being able to shoot from where you are. There are probably a lot of FLs you will get in that audit list that don't exist as a prime.

If you decide that you want the superior performances of high end primes, then you might go out and get a trio of them that fits close, but not necessarily perfectly to such an audit.

And if that trio consists of a 35mm, even though that actual FL didn't peak on any charts, that doesn't mean that you won't work it. You may even find (as I did) that "wow, I'm really diggin' this 35mm FL", even if you didn't often dial it in with the zoom.

Zooms are great and they make them better today, but zooms can also make you lazy.

Primes make you work harder and there's nothing wrong with that. Primes also force me to think harder about perspective, something that often took a back seat when I could just dial it in with the zoom from wherever you happen to be.

Chris

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