You can only have 2 primes

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Jon555 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,966
Re: You can only have 2 primes

LennyLevino wrote:

You can only have two prime lenses (no zooms) for general and travel photography. What focal lengths do you choose?

You have to do all of your future standard photography with these two lenses only.

(I'll write this before reading others' comments.)

Tricky... partly depends if assume a 60MP camera so can zoom by cropping and a good IBIS to help with low light, also weight will be an issue... thoughts in equivalent focal length:

(1) 40mm - decently wide without much wide-angle distortion, crop for portraits.

(2) 100mm Macro (some make great portrait lenses, some don't, go with the former)

(3) 28mm for street use (30mm for m43 as there's a good/compact/fast lens)

(5) 85-90mm to go with 28mm

(4) Assume can crop the 40mm out to 85mm and so have a 135mm

(5) 20mm to get the wide stuff in and be well away from an 85mm

What would I pick?

ANSWER: Probably a 40mm pancake, so stitch images to go wider (or if brought a GoPro along use that - cheating of course), or crop to zoom to say 70mm; then add a 135mm f/2 (not faster as too much weight - plus note lenses tend to become telephoto designs, and so smaller, at 135mm):
* For m43 I'd pick the 20mm f/1.7 pancake and 45mm f/1.2 as the closest you can get, plus no 60MP options.
*For EF the 40mm f/2.8 pancake and the 100mm f/2.8 L as it's stabilised, unlike the 135, unless you have IBIS, then the 135.

Runner up:

Use my phone for 13mm and 64mm, have 30mm and 90mm lenses - 15mm f/1.7 and 45mm f/1.2 in m43 land. (The 15 is noticeably less good than the 20 though...)

P.S. No, I don't like 35mm equiv. focal length

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