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At the risk of provoding a food fight...

mklass

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006
Fri 23-Nov-12 01:45 PM | edited Fri 23-Nov-12 01:49 PM by mklass

Something that continues to puzzle me about responses to certain posts:

Someone has a question about which zoom lens they should get, or if the one they have is appropriate to a new camera, and someone responds with something like "get a 50mm prime". How is that responsive to the OP?

1. I realize that a 50mm prime is the classic "normal" lens and considered by some to be optically pure, but really, hasn't photographic technology progressed to the point that there are other good options?

2. Just because the prime lens is a f/1.4 or f/1.8 lens, and the zoom is f/3.5-5.6 doesn't mean that is what the OP wants, needs or even would know how to use.

3. Isn't suggesting a fixed length lens being totally unresponsive to the OP, and, frankly, somewhat elitist? I know some people like them because they force you to "think about your composition" or "zoom with you feet" or because "that's what <insert name of famous photographer> used". Really, isn't the suggestion the photographic equivalent of a strait-jacket?

I have a lot of lenses and use them when I think I want certain capabilities ("horses for courses"). The 50mm is one of my least used lenses. To me it is boring and not conducive to capturing interesting images. Kinda like shooting with the digital equivalent of an Instamatic.

I like to think that the answers that we give here are responsive to the OP's needs, not a chance to just reiterate our own prejudices.

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