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  1. #1
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    Prime Time, Baby!

    What are your favorite prime lenses of any generation?

    I've currently been shooting just primes. Can't ever seeing myself going zoom, or flash.

    Current setup:

    Holga 60mm f/8-11;
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.4;
    Nikkor 105mm f/2.5;
    Nikkor 135mm f/2.8;
    Zeiss Planar 80mm f/2.8.

    Obviously I don't shoot skiing, but these above are amazing for street/portraiture/funky.

    Don't really like wide or 35mm for some reason. Just doesn't speak to me.

    These are on a full frame analog SLR, a plastic 6x6 piece of shit, and a hasselblad. All of which I love.

    Whatcha' got and love?

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    This thread is worthless without pics.

    I'm the opposite, mostly shooting skiing/biking/etc so only have one prime lens. However my Samyang 12mm F2.0 lens has proven to be a great purchase for my a6000





    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    All ye punterz! Leave thine stupid heavy skis in the past, or at least in the resort category, for the age of lightweight pussy sticks is upon us! Behold! Keep up with the randocommandos on their carbon blades of shortness! Break thine tibias into spiral splinters with pintech extravagance!

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    My favorites are the ones I currently use:

    Zeiss Batis 25 f 2.0
    Zeiss Batis 85 f 1.8
    Sony Zeiss Distagon T FE 35 1.4 ZA

    I love all of these, particularly the 35 1.4, it just renders soo pretty.


    The pictures from that Samyang in the post above looks great BTW. I kind of want to add a super wide like that to my kit.

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    Taken a few years ago, but some of my favorite portraits were taken with the Canon 50mm f/1.4. I'm tempted to grab it again, since you can find them pretty easily under $200 these days.


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    Sony E 35 f 1.8 is my go to on the a6000 for river gorges and forests. Makes for a nice lightweight kit and takes some killer shots if the focal length is right. Basically, if I can use this lens, I do.












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    This thread is giving me some serious Sony FOMO.

    Personal favorite Nikon prime is the 35mm f/1.4G. Heavy AF but man the images look great and the speed is key for low light.


    I have a 50mm 1.8 on a D3100 that I use if there is a high risk of destroying my gear which produces surprisingly good quality for under $200.


    I also have a manual 24mm f/1.8 that’s I think like 30 years old. I rarely use it but play around with it occasionally for free lensing or other weird experiments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalated View Post

    I'm the opposite, mostly shooting skiing/biking/etc so only have one prime lens. However my Samyang 12mm F2.0 lens has proven to be a great purchase for my a6000
    Whoah, how's the AF on that thing for action shots? I've been looking for a wider angle prime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridinshockgun View Post
    Whoah, how's the AF on that thing for action shots? I've been looking for a wider angle prime.
    Manual focus only on the Samyang. If you want AF I think you have to stick with Sony lenses.
    (FYI it's the exact same lens as the Rokinon version. Just different branding).

    Since I've basically just shot landscapes with it, I can set the focus to infinity most of the time and have plenty of time to get the focus right.

    (Killer shots BTW)
    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    All ye punterz! Leave thine stupid heavy skis in the past, or at least in the resort category, for the age of lightweight pussy sticks is upon us! Behold! Keep up with the randocommandos on their carbon blades of shortness! Break thine tibias into spiral splinters with pintech extravagance!

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    This guy kills it with Canon primes... looks like he's doing most of the shooting for the Pinkbike bike reviews:

    https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/16623642/

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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    This guy kills it with Canon primes... looks like he's doing most of the shooting for the Pinkbike bike reviews:

    https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/16623642/
    Wow focusing with f1.2 for action...manually set a focus point and time it just right?

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    I'm not sure... can you pull the focus "type" out of EXIF data? You'd be able to see if it was AI-Focus or AI-Servo, methinks.

    Either way, there are some great shots in there. I've picked up a Canon 50mm f/1.4 to experiment at some point, too.

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