Any other all prime users? :)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by peepboon, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. peepboon macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008

    Here is a photo of my lenses. In order from left to right:

    - 24mm F2.8
    - 35mm F2D
    - 50mm F1.4D
    - 85mm F1.4D
    - 135mm F2 DC

    Just not a fan of bulky zooms, although sometimes primes can get a little annoying lol. :)

  2. TheReef macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2007
    NSW, Australia.
  3. hansolo669 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2009
    :eek: that is an awesome collection of glass there! *bows* if it was me i would add the 14 2.8 :D

    sadly all i have right now is the 50 1.8 (full of awesome)
    (pic soon)
  4. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

    Mar 15, 2007
    Denton, TX
    To only prime I have so far is the Canon 50 f/1.4. The full time manual focus combined with moving autofocus off the shutter to the back button is awesome and every lens I buy in the future will have FTM focus.

    Right now I'm looking at the 300 f/4 IS and the 400 f/5.6.
  5. peepboon thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008
    Hahaha, keeps me running around like a mad man! lol.

    I'm going to get rid of the 24 at some point for the 20mm instead.

    Will be adding the fisheye and macro when I can afford it :) - Keeping my money back for a 2nd body, hoping it will be the D800 :D
  6. whodareswins macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2011
    Beautiful collection there! I have one prime, a Nikkor 50mm 1.8D and I love it. Can you suggest any ultra wide primes?
  7. WRP macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    What's the cost of that kit?

    I'm a Canon shooter but was thinking of getting an adapter to shoot Nikon primes for video. Right now I have:

    Canon 35 f2
    Canon 50 f/1.8
    Rokinon 85 f/1.4
  8. Fezwick macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2002
    Rhode Island
    I only have two lenses and both are primes. Nikon 300mm f/4 and the 35mm f/1.8. Both are great pieces of glass. I need a wider lens at some point, though.
  9. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Depends on which of my 3 cameras I'm using. When I'm using my 7D I have some primes, some zooms. If I could only keep 2 lenses I'd be keeping one prime, one zoom: 35mm f/1.4 L and one zoom: 70-200mm f/4 L

    If I'm using either of my rangefinders (Epson RD-1 and Leica M3) I have no choice but to only use primes!
  10. Edge100 macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2002
    Where am I???
    Yup, I'm (basically) all primes.

    EF 35 f/1.4L
    Sigma 50 f/1.4
    EF 85 f/1.2L mkII

    Full disclosure: I do own the EF 17-40 f/4L, but it barely gets any use these days. It will soon be replaced by the 24 f/1.4L mkII, and I'm hoping to add a 135 f/2.0L this year, depending on how business goes.

    I also shoot with some M42-mount primes; mainly a Fujinon EBC 135 f/3.5 or 200 f/4.5.
  11. peepboon thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008
    I think it cost me around the £2000 mark. (Approx $3000)

    The most expensive ones (the 85 and 135) were bought in Hong Kong because its a tax free country :)

    I usually buy second hand though. If it does the same job and is in good condition, then I don't see the need to spend the extra £££. :D
  12. Smileyboy macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    Canon 50mm 1.4
    Pentax DA 40mm

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  13. macjonny1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2006
    Yep, sold my Canon gear for a Leica, and it's all primes from there.

    50mm f/1.4 Summilux
    21mm f/2.8 Zeiss
  14. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    Nice lenses all of them. Specially the 85mm, that's a lens I really want to own.

    But right now I think my next purchase is going to be a Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8. You can't beat the advantage of having zoom, specially in family shots.

    My perfect combo would be:

    - 17-55mm f/2.8
    - 50mm f/1.4
    - 105mm macro f/2.8

    The last two I already own, and are amazing. Much better than my 18-55 kit lens:eek:. But, photography is SO expensive!

    I don't know if I should invest in the lens or in a new camera. My D40x is still working, but I would hate buying an expensive lens to then find myself needing to buy a new camera because the current one broke.
  15. sananda macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007
    Just using a 35mm Summarit these days (SLR - single lens rangefinder)!
  16. Hisdem macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2010
    Boca Raton, FL
    I have a 50mm 1.8, a 35mm 1.8 and I look forward to having a 105mm f/2DC or a 105mm macro.
  17. stradale33 macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2010
    Very nice collection, I have only a 35mm f1.8 prime to go with a kit zoom on my D90 but most of the lenses on my wish list seem to be primes.

    I agree with your thinking on buying used too.
  18. Elbert C macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2008
    AK, USA
    The DA 40mm doesn't have an aperture ring. That looks like the M 40mm 2.8.
  19. MattSepeta macrumors 65816


    Jul 9, 2009
    375th St. Y
    peepboon: NICE! They all match, I love it.

    Im using a

    -tokina 16-24 (Waiting for a good deal on 24L1 to switch it)
    -Sigma 50
    -Tamron 60 macro
    -Sigma 85

    Loving the primes!! I dont think I could ever "go back", but I am thinking about getting a 17-55 again for my backup for vacations and whatnot.
  20. Attonine macrumors 6502a

    Feb 15, 2006
    Kent. UK
    I only own 2 lenses:

    Nikon 24 f 1.4

    Voigtlander 28 f2 (m mount)
  21. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Got a mixture of primes and zoom, I'd like more primes but I occasionally prefer to travel lighter with range of focal lengths covered.

    EF15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
    EF17-40mm f/4 L
    EF24-105mm f/4 L
    EF50mm f/1.4
    EF70-200mm f/4 L
    EF100mm f/2.8 Macro
    EF300mm f/4 IS L
  22. appie57 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2006
    I love primes! I have the Nikkor 85mm 1.8D, the 50mm 1.4G, the 35mm 1.8G and recently the 20mm 2.8D. All but the 50mm one are second hand but in top shape. Then I have the Tokina 11-16mm 2.8, which is formally a zoom, but with a narrow range so in practice I use it like a prime with a little bit of flexibility. And then I have the kit zooms, but hardly use them anymore. Good tele zooms are outside my budget.
  23. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    I have a 28mm 2.8 and a 50mm 1.8, would love to get more though, can't beat a good prime!
  24. mackmgg macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    I've got a 30mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8 for my EF mount lenses, then a 28mm f/2.8 (redundant with the 30mm, but still works well for film), 50mm f/1.4, 100mm f/4 Macro, and 135mm f/3.5 in FD mount with an adapter. I don't mind the bulk of zooms, but until I can get myself a nice f/1.8 zoom, I'll be sticking with primes.
  25. ChristianVirtual, Jan 16, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2012

    ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    (mainly used for kid/family-shots; when not enough time to change lens)

    *100/2.8 Macro
    *1.4xTC II
    Prime use for the primes for shots with planning or loooong reach is needed; nature and airshow)

    Still would like to add a wide-angle-prime and a TS; but after marriage the required approval workflow takes more time :eek:
    But need to be fair: the 500 got approval :cool:

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