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Old 07-05-2019, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default Prime Lenses in the Parks?

Have any photographers here used prime lenses in the parks? If so, which focal lengths did you use and why?

I'm seriously considering giving that a try - at last at the wide and standard ends. I think I'll still want my 50-210 zoom for AK because of the animals, and various facial expressions for performances.

I'm likely to get the Sigma trio of 16/1.4, 30/1.4, and 56/1.4 for my a6500. That gives me effectively 24mm, 45mm and 85mm. I'm thinking the 16 (24) might be most useful followed by 30 (45) considering shots I've taken.

Goal for the primes is better glass, better low-light, and better bokeh for the focal length.

I currently have the Zeiss 16-70/f4 (24-105 as my walkaround, and I tend to shoot at 16-20 (24 - 30). I also have the 50-210 (85 - 315), which I'll keep bringing for the odd telephoto needs.

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Old 06-16-2020, 07:43 PM   #2
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Well for AK i made the mistake of bringing the 300 2.8 beautiful bokeh, very sore shoulder the next day...

1 a real ultrawide 15mm equivalent
2 a 35mm equivalent
3 85 mm equivalent
4 200 mm equivalent

On the 35 (or 50) make it an ultrafast lens like a 1.2
For night photos available light has no equal

An 85 is just the right length for portrait shots and if you get a fast one like a 1.8 you can easily do soft focus bacgrounds
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Old 06-16-2020, 07:48 PM   #3
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Have any photographers here used prime lenses in the parks? If so, which focal lengths did you use and why?

I'm seriously considering giving that a try - at last at the wide and standard ends. I think I'll still want my 50-210 zoom for AK because of the animals, and various facial expressions for performances.

I'm likely to get the Sigma trio of 16/1.4, 30/1.4, and 56/1.4 for my a6500. That gives me effectively 24mm, 45mm and 85mm. I'm thinking the 16 (24) might be most useful followed by 30 (45) considering shots I've taken.

Goal for the primes is better glass, better low-light, and better bokeh for the focal length.

I currently have the Zeiss 16-70/f4 (24-105 as my walkaround, and I tend to shoot at 16-20 (24 - 30). I also have the 50-210 (85 - 315), which I'll keep bringing for the odd telephoto needs.

Thoughts?

Dirk
I bring my 35mm prime everywhere I bring my Nikon. It just takes great photos, and gotten many great shots on dark rides. It's a 1.8, but it is a great bang for the buck unless you wanna drop $1K on a better one.

As you mentioned, wider angle lenses seem to get more use at WDW for me. I switch back and forth between that one and my walkaround zoom (forgetting specs offhand) most of the time, unless I want a true wide angle.
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Old 06-16-2020, 08:09 PM   #4
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Have any photographers here used prime lenses in the parks? If so, which focal lengths did you use and why?

I'm seriously considering giving that a try - at last at the wide and standard ends. I think I'll still want my 50-210 zoom for AK because of the animals, and various facial expressions for performances.

I'm likely to get the Sigma trio of 16/1.4, 30/1.4, and 56/1.4 for my a6500. That gives me effectively 24mm, 45mm and 85mm. I'm thinking the 16 (24) might be most useful followed by 30 (45) considering shots I've taken.

Goal for the primes is better glass, better low-light, and better bokeh for the focal length.

I currently have the Zeiss 16-70/f4 (24-105 as my walkaround, and I tend to shoot at 16-20 (24 - 30). I also have the 50-210 (85 - 315), which I'll keep bringing for the odd telephoto needs.

Thoughts?

Dirk
To me, 85mm is where the magic happens. That's where you get into the focal length to really give that great bokeh and depth of field. It can get tight though if you can't back away from your subject. Being a cinematographer, rather than a still photographer, I want that 85mm for all the important shots.

But your choices seem to be pretty good. It's a good range of wide, medium, and close. The one thing I will say is that the 24mm equivalent may not be wide enough though. In terms of angle of view, you're going from about 110* to 85* from 16mm to 24mm. It's a big difference. To put that in perspective, the human eye sees roughly 120*. So you're going from nearly your complete field of vision to about 2/3. I use that Sigma 16mm 1.4 on both an a6500 and an a7iii and the difference in width on the cropped sensor is very noticeable. I'm not sure what's available as a 16mm APS-C equivalent, but I'd be trying to get as close to there as possible, if not wider.

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