Primes or Zooms?


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As far as photography is concerned, the most common discussion amongst photographers is whether one prefers to use zooms or primes.

I will just get it over with and start with the conclusion: there is no right answer.

It all depends on your style of photography and your modus operandi in what concerns to the way you shoot and how, at the end of the day, you feel more confortable.

Various forums, facebook groups and blogs often discuss this non-issue.

I call it a non-issue because I am a true believer that each one should shoot with the gear that makes you miss less shots, so just go ahead and decide for yourself. I will just try to explain why my type of photography doesn’t really demand the higher glass quality often present in the prime lenses.

Why I don't need primes

1- I don´t shoot portraits

2- I don´t shoot editorial

3- I don´t shoot landscapes

Why I need zooms

1- I shoot street photography (where speed is of the essence to get that “decisive moment”, and shooting from the distance is often crucial)

2- I make composites (image quality is not important)

3- I am very lazy (changing lenses often? Are you crazy?)

4- My shoulders are starting to complain, and less glass means less weight.

Actually, I could shoot a whole wedding with my Canon 24-70, 2.8 L . I don´t, because sometimes a wider aperture is needed, but I easily could.

I confess I do have a soft spot for the gorgeous Canon 85mm 1.2 L.

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