- Jan 18, 2007
- Southern California
- Multi Format
heh -- I didn't realize that. It's not ethics. I use primes when I need faster and (usually) less distortion. I don't have any zooms that go to f/2 or wider and the ones I have often want an extra stop down from their wide open before they get as sharp as a 50mm prime at f/2. I also use them because they are smaller and lighter (usually) and for other personal reasons. But I have a crapload if zoom lenses, and they're great when they're great.
The core premise from the thread title -- that 50mm is great -- I guess that's philosophical. Yes, a 50mm prime is awesome, let me count the ways...
I understand and sometimes it is just fun to walk around with a 50mm lens for 35mm or 80mm for 6x6 taking photographs not thinking about changing lenses. That is the point of the thread.