Burnt out on my x100f

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rsn Contributing Member • Posts: 724
A very brief history of zooms

Great photographers in history primarily used one lens

I might question this a bit. There are certainly examples of this,

First a brief history of zooms and its short. Early zooms didn't really start coming out in great numbers until the late 60's and 70's.  The standard advise for zoom purchase back in the day was  - don't.  Basically they sucked. The other advise was if you were to buy a zoom, purchase one with a very short focal length difference, not a long zoom like a Sigma 150 - 600, more like a Canon 70 - 200, preferably shorter.

The "kit" lens for many a decade attending the SLR boxing, was a 50mm f1.8 or something similar. One used primes because the understanding was that primes were much sharper than zooms. You hear this still today, but the discrepancy between a prime and zoom sharpness has lessened.

Part of the purchase of a "body only" tradition grew out of this era. You only needed one 50mm, if you purchased more than one SLR of the same brand, you thus became equipped with more than one 50mm lens.

So were many of the great photos shot with only a prime, absolutely! The photographers had no choice. And disposable income wasn't what is today so often a photographer's only lens was the 50mm.

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