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Offline michaelb104

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Fast Prime
« on: April 02, 2012, 02:28:04 PM »
I keep reading that you should have a fast prime lens (50mm ish) in your kit bag.

I can pick up a Sony A mount for about £100 which is not bank breaking but is it worth the money if I won’t use it  ???

Do you have any primes and how often do you use them or do they just sit in your kit bag?


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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 03:14:57 PM »
I have a Canon 50 mm f/1.8 and I use it fairly often.   In fact I once went for a month ONLY taking photos with it.  I used it as a challenge to myself to view things differently.  The wide aperture is very handy to have, especially for low light and it makes a great portrait lens.   

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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2012, 06:51:19 PM »
I`ve been trying to make myself shoot more with my 50 and 85 mm 1.8 lenses more - especially on the odd paid shoot and they are so fast and useful. That said - it`s having the time to change sometimes and wide open my 50mm can be a little harsh with the bokeh sometimes. I prefer the bokeh on my 24-70 and 70-200 at 2.8 if I am honest just now. That siad - for speed in low light situations the 50mm is great. I`m trying to decide whether to buy a 1.4 50mm which is supposed to be softer - any views on that one too to save another thread opening but do answer Michael`s query too first.

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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 07:28:03 PM »
I've got a 50mm f1.4, which is an excellent lens . . which I hardly use. And a 35mm f2.4 (which on an APSC camera is close to 50mm on a 35mm film camera) which is also super sharp, and which I use a little more. If I'm honest the 17-50mm f2.8 Tamron is almost permanently attached to my K5, and the Tamron 90mm f2.8 to my K20D.

But as you say, a useful thing to have, and not too expensive for your system, so I'd say get one. If you don't like it, stick it on eBay and you'll get most of your money back anyway.
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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 08:03:46 PM »
I also have the Nik F1.4 50mm. Its does not get used much at all now compared to when I first got it. Its a cracking lens and IQ sharp throughout. Will be giving it another run out soon as I am doing some tests with the newly acquired Fuji S5 pro and all my lenses.
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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2012, 08:32:29 PM »
I've got the Nikon 50mm F1.4, Nikon 60mm F2.8 Macro, Nikon 105mm F2.8 VR Macro, 300mm F4 and 400mm F2.8 which, are all primes.  :tup:

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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2012, 09:56:50 PM »
My Canon 1.8 stayed in the cupboard for just about 3 yrs after I bought my 5D MkII, however, I used it for the first time a few weeks ago and was stunned at the results. I've been using it more since then, it is a great little lens for the price.

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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2012, 10:05:35 PM »
I use both my 35mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.4 and love them, especially when used wide open.
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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2012, 10:15:27 PM »
Low light capabilities aside would it be worth investing in the 1.4 and selling the 1.8 nikon 50mm thos ethat have used them. Is the bokeh softer?

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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2012, 11:10:14 PM »
Everyone suggested that I'd need a 50mm, so I got a s/h one off fleaBay - never used it beyond testing as I use 105 or 70-200 (occasionally 300) for portraits and shoots - 15-85 for studio
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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2012, 08:14:32 AM »
Thanks for all the replies and advice, I might just go and find a SH one on fleebay and see how I get on  :)
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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2012, 02:20:24 PM »
50 prime is a standard largely because it's (relatively) so cheap and a lot of quality for your money.

If you think about it, it's going to be one of the most boring lenses you can buy.  It's "somewhat similar" to human vision.  A 24 mm prime will give you a wider view and of course a 100mm will compress stuff.

I like my 105 DC a lot.  I have a couple of 50s but can't get too excited about them.

@Jinky - which 50 1.4?  If it's a Nikon then there are 2 or 3 and all have different quirks.
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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2012, 05:27:09 PM »
  I have a Nikon 50 1.4 (New version) and an 85 1.4 (Old version) and it's fair to say they don't get a lot of use.
  When I do use them though, there's nothing to beat them for quality, speed and discreetness (That is a word...I looked it up!)
  Here's a few I took on St Patrick's night with some mates down the local, with the 50 on a d700.
  Most were taken STOPPED DOWN to 2.0 or 2.8











And the last one is Four or five stitched together.



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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2012, 05:39:42 PM »
 Oh and some more pics with the same lens/camera can be found here.
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Re: Fast Prime
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2012, 06:55:27 PM »
50 prime is a standard largely because it's (relatively) so cheap and a lot of quality for your money.

If you think about it, it's going to be one of the most boring lenses you can buy.  It's "somewhat similar" to human vision.  A 24 mm prime will give you a wider view and of course a 100mm will compress stuff.

I like my 105 DC a lot.  I have a couple of 50s but can't get too excited about them.

@Jinky - which 50 1.4?  If it's a Nikon then there are 2 or 3 and all have different quirks.

It`s the Nikon 1.4 G just under £300 and I`m thinking just now `ll not bother but as I said trying to make myself shoot some portraits at the weekend wide open I was loeft with some really harsh bokeh with my 1.8 at apwrtures up to f2 and wonderiung if it would be softer as claimed. Read reviews that tell me don`t bother but everyone who has one seems to talk highly of it. What do you mean by 105 DC?

 

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