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Primes vs. Zooms. Interesting poll.

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by dornblaser, May 27, 2015.

  1. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
  2. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    The poll question is interesting, in that it says what do you "prefer" to use. While many more people may prefer primes, they may use zooms a bit more based on convenience. I know I only use a zoom if feel I have to. My preference is always a prime.
     
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  3. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    Poll should have said "which do you use more often?". Values in action rather than espoused. :hiding:
     
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  4. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    I wonder how divergent "prefer" and "use most often" are?
     
  5. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    Massively. It's a general issue with polling. Care is always needed.
     
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  6. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    ㅇtㅈyㅅr
    I agree with demiro and T N Args. When polling, word choice is critical and in this case, the question should have been worded "Which do you you use more often?"

    Preference and reality are completely different. I may prefer blondes but my girlfriend may be a brunette. I may prefer steaks but what I eat most often may be hamburgers.

    My guess is that it if it were worded differently, the results would have been more evenly split, if not skewed towards zooms. When I'm out and about shooting, the majority of photographers, regardless of level, are shooting zooms.
     
  7. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I enjoy using zooms, but I prefer the output from primes as well as their more compact size.
     
  8. Geoff3DMN

    Geoff3DMN Mu-43 Veteran

    The wording is a valid point, I 'prefer' using primes but more often than not I use zooms because they are more versatile.
     
  9. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    Forget the semantics; the numbers reflect they typical followers of that site. When a self selecting group takes a poll, the results will differ greatly from a randomly picked group. If you're a Williamsburg/Greenpoint, Brooklyn, hipster photographer, or wanabe, then you prefer primes.
     
  10. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    "Preferred" might have more effect on sales. :whistling:
     
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  11. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    Even 'more often' is questionable. More often for what? If I'm shooting people, I'm 100% primes. If I'm shooting landscape, I'm usually using a ultra-wide zoom.
     
  12. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    "Preferred" could well mean which do you buy/own most. From Olympus and Panasonic's POV, many seldom used primes vs. one workhorse zoom is an argument toward primes.