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Primes vs Fast Zoom

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by ranxoren, May 26, 2013.

  1. ranxoren

    ranxoren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    As I am sitting here looking at my almost complete (for now :biggrin:) set of lenses, I can't help but wonder what people think about this.

    In the spirit of roughly the same budget (current Amazon prices), would you go for:

    Oly 12 ($799.99) + Oly 17 ($499.99) + Oly 45 ($399.99)


    Pany 12-35 ($1,139.00) + Oly 45 ($399.99)

    People that have the Pany 12-35 would you trade for Primes?
    People that have the Oly primes, would you trade for the Pany fast zoom?
  2. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013

    It probably depends on what your needs are. My dad photographs real estate for a living (as well as being an agent), so he prefers fast zooms. They let him get in and out of a property more quickly, and are more versatile for framing shots. Having the best sharpness isn't as important, since these are mostly going on a website or being printed in a brochure.
  3. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Hmmm... when I was shooting FF I preferred zooms coz lenses like the 70-200mm f/2.8 can easily give you shallow dof plus I did not really care about how big the camera got :rolleyes:

    The reason I shifted is to have a smaller setup, so now I started buying some primes, plus the fact that the primes gives you a bit shallower dof and they make you more creative.

    it's a toss up I guess, the zooms are definitely more comfortable and flexible. With that said I think The 12-35mm + 45mm seems to be a very very good combo by the way.

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  4. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    I tire of endlessly switching out lenses on a day of shooting. It can be a pain. The 12-35 is certainly the next lens I'm getting.
  5. Repp

    Repp Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 27, 2011
    Oak Harbor, WA
    I have a several primes and both 2.8s for ยต43. To be honest, I prefer shooting with the primes. However, the zooms are very nice and offer a flexibility that primes can't match. I take a trio of primes if I'm traveling small, fast, and light. If I need to be more flexible or covering an event for work, I'll take the 2.8s + a prime or two. I'm also still learning about what/how I like to shoot, so I'm still getting a feel for some of the gear and how it affects my photography.
  6. ranxoren

    ranxoren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    Yeah I went with the primes myself as well. Love the shallowed DOF and moving around my subject rather than zooming.
    But the 12-35 definitely is a great lens!
  7. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    I am planning to purchase more primes but to save my lens mount I am really considering buying a second body :D

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  8. mcumeda

    mcumeda Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 25, 2011
    I would go for the 12-35 and the 45. It would give you a lot of versatility and the 45 would let you control DOF more.
  9. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I don't see how 3 primes are lighter/smaller than one small/light zoom.

    The IQ compares favorably to all the wide primes, you aren't losing much.
  10. garfield_cz

    garfield_cz Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 9, 2011
    Czech Republic
    I prefer primes, in such case two body configuration is a must to avoid frequent lens switching. Zoom lens will give you compactness and versatility, but when comparing corresponding focal lengths primes outperforms zooms easily.
  11. ranxoren

    ranxoren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    It would be cool to find someone local and trade primes vs fast zoom for a few hours during a photo walk and then get each others perspective :)
  12. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Boils down to personal peference. I shoot primes... always have.. but I do also have zooms as they do have their usefullness. When I travel light, very often its a medium zoom with one fast normal prime. So its not necessarily a this or that is the best fit. With Canon, it was a 24-105L with a 50mm f/1.4. Very versatile.
  13. mymy

    mymy Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 23, 2012
    I only have 12-35 and 45 at the moment and very happy with those but I'm getting 17 soon for the following reason:

    1. There's time I feel the 12-35 is somewhat large and heavy.

    2. Occasionally 2.8 isnt fast enough in low light situation.

    Just to share my opinion
  14. ranxoren

    ranxoren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    That's exactly what I was thinking about when writing up the OP.
    I guess 2.8 isn't what 1.8 is when you're in a very low light environment.
  15. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
    In an ideal world, you need a mix of both.
  16. ranxoren

    ranxoren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    Haha ding ding ding $$$$$$$$$ :)
  17. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Speed is important to me. The ability to fill the frame and get the shot without compromising which I initially saw as photogenic. If I only had one body, then the zoom, if I have two bodies, the primes.

    I would pass on the 12-35 + 45 combo ... dump the 45 and save for either the 35-100 or the 75. It has been my experience that f/2.8 is fine for low light especially with IBIS and such good IQ at elevated ISO's.

  18. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    My thoughts exactly (well, except to correct 35-70 with 35-100mm, lol)! :) The first thing I thought was that the 45mm is too close and you need better spread in that option.
  19. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    I personally would prefer having a zoom on the tele or ultra-wide ends of the spectrum. In the middle I like having a fast prime.
  20. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    I love my 12-35 and it is really the only lens I have that approached my full frame lenses.