For a while now I've been using my zoom lens a lot, but after getting a Panasonic GF1 with 20mm f/1.7 lens I realized how much I miss using prime lenses. After getting and using a 28mm for my SLR I'm reminded how versatile prime lenses can be. Here are my top reasons for liking to pull out a prime lens over my zoom:
1. Rejoice - no choice! There is something freeing about having only one focal length. If you have some room to move about you can accomplish a lot of selection on the background and choose to emphasize your subject. If you use it enough you get used to the field of view and start seeing compositions that work for that lens. On a zoom you are much more tempted to zoom first rather than move around a bit.
I,too,have a Nikon 50mmf 1.4, when I want a sharp photo it is the one I chose. I am always tempted to use my 70-300 zoom, but I need a tripod for it. So, for walking around or sharp action, the prime 50 can't be beat!
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Photokina has hit the photography world once again - and here is my take on what is making news and how it relates to stock photography. Feel free to add your own spin in the comments! I'm trying to pick out some of the hidden gems in the obvious announcements:
Sigma - The release of their 3 x 15Mp Foveon sensor is pretty big. The Bayer versus Foveon debate will never be over - since with high resolution the Bayer array with a single color recorded at each pixel location does a remarkable job of reconstructing color. However, this proves the Foveon is current and has some potential to offer high resolution, too. I just wish Sigma would make a body with a different lens mount. I don't see this making a huge impact in stock - too niche...
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