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    Prime Lens vs Zoom. Do the restraints of a Prime make you a better photographer?

    I currently own a D750 with a Tamron 24


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    Re: Prime Lens vs Zoom. Do the restraints of a Prime make you a better photographer?

    A bit restricted as some would say too wide and some too narrow.
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    Re: Prime Lens vs Zoom. Do the restraints of a Prime make you a better photographer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaysmark View Post
    I currently own a D750 with a Tamron 24
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    Re: Prime Lens vs Zoom. Do the restraints of a Prime make you a better photographer?

    I don't think any hardware/software makes anybody a better photographer.

    I do think once you realize photography isn't about the tools, you start to become a better photographer.
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    Re: Prime Lens vs Zoom. Do the restraints of a Prime make you a better photographer?

    It depends who. In photography the higher you are with expertise the more you benefit by using primes. try shooting primes at a wedding. its not a thing many can do. very difficult and requires a set amount of experience to do so. low light, people moving. very difficult.

    for a newcomer who is still only now understanding about perspectives and dof and composition, it will be very difficult for the person to use a prime because he will not know how to take advantage of it. he will be frustrated that he cant get the high quality look he sees others do. it may be simple but focusing a 1.4 (let alone a 1.8) lens is not easy at all. especially if youre a middle focus point shooter and you lock>recompose. I think any photog needs a good 1 -2 years of moderate shooting to really be able to take advantage of it.

    I dont know how many people can look at a scene and say Damn, my 35mm would be perfect (instead of a 24mm) or a 85 instead of a 105mm or say you see a nice arch in the background and you want that behind the people youre shooting and doing it with a 200mm will compress that and bring it behind them. not many people can think of a scene and know what FL they need.

    I will agree with @FredKingston mostly, because the tools matter, but to whom and for what situation. if you give me only decent gear to shoot a wedding , Im limited. the images will be decent but they wont stand out in terms of having that polished pro quality. I will only be able to do basic "look at the camera and smile" type pictures. give me a D3s and an 85 1.8d and I can make them sing!
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    Re: Prime Lens vs Zoom. Do the restraints of a Prime make you a better photographer?

    You would only be limited by your creativity.
    I'm not a pro photographer. I just play one on TV.

    I think everyone should follow and do. Please do not assume we know what's in your camera bag, I left my magic mind reading hat at the repair shop because it does not work past my computer screen.

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    Re: Prime Lens vs Zoom. Do the restraints of a Prime make you a better photographer?

    "Do the restraints of a Prime make you a better photographer?"

    Primes are great BUT I personally find them very limiting. There are many times you can not get close enough of far away enough to get the creative shot you really want/need. You end up have to then crop in post. Or worse you miss the shot because you were having to change the prime lens for another prime lens to get the hot you wanted.

    And before anyone gives me grief remember I said "Personally" This is a question that can only be answered by the photographer and what he is shooting.

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    Re: Prime Lens vs Zoom. Do the restraints of a Prime make you a better photographer?

    It used to be that primes were optically superior to zooms, but the gap has closed considerably. Zooms are a little more versatile, but as Rocketman stated, low light focusing might be easier with faster primes. If I were doing studio portraiture, an 85mm would work well (wouldn't particularly need a zoom), but if I wanted to take portraits outdoors, a zoom would be my preference. For macro shots, a dedicated prime macro lens is better than a zoom that has macro capability. It all depends upon the situation whether I'd choose a prime or a zoom. Will one make you a better photographer? No.... It's the person behind the camera, not the equipment, that is most important.
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    Re: Prime Lens vs Zoom. Do the restraints of a Prime make you a better photographer?

    It depends. You have two legs. When you shoot do they stay in the upright position or are you willing to bend your knees or even lay down on the ground?

    My point is that having a prime lens will not make you a better photographer. But, it can certainly help you learn a lot about photography. Say you have a 24-70mm zoom on one camera and a 50mm on another just like it. You're standing in a spot ready to take a photo. You raise the camera with 50mm prime on it to your eye and the shot you want isn't quite framed correctly, so you're forced to use your feet to move. As you do so you notice that not only is your framing changing but so is the spacial relationship of the objects in the frame, impacting both the look and the feel of the shot. This could have a positive or negative, but it surely happens. Had you been using the zoom there's a strong chance you would simply have stayed put, dialed in the framing you wanted and shot.

    The question is, do you think about focal length and everything that means when you shoot regardless of what type of lens you have on your camera? If not then there's a chance that shooting with a prime would advance your understanding in those terms, which has to make you a better photographer. If you do think about it then you know the difference between zooming with the lens and with your feet, and you're conscious of that when you're framing a shot, in which case a prime will not improve your photography other than probably giving you apertures to use that wouldn't be available on your zoom.
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    Re: Prime Lens vs Zoom. Do the restraints of a Prime make you a better photographer?

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorHippie View Post
    You're standing in a spot ready to take a photo. You raise the camera with 50mm prime on it to your eye and the shot you want isn't quite framed correctly, so you're forced to use your feet to move.

    I was standing on the edge of a cliff yesterday overlooking a beautiful waterfall but it was still a distance away. No other vantage point that you could get to up there to get that shot. So you had better have a large selection of primes on your back because sometimes moving closer or further away is just not possible.

    I do agree with what you are saying in principle but I do have a problem with photographers who say that primes are the only way that anyone should shoot. (I know that is not what you were saying)

    There are good reasons to use Primes just like there are good reasons to use zooms of every length. Listen to what everyone has to say and try the different methods but ultimately you need to make up your mind what works best for you in a particular situation.

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