A&P 3 primes vs. 1 zoom to start with?

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  1. IsayHELLA

    IsayHELLA CBS cares

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    I'm going to be spending roughly $1500 on a camera setup in the next few weeks and I'm not sure which route to take. I'm going to get a d90 body for sure and was going to get the tamron 17-50 2.8 for my first lens.

    Then I looked around a bit and found for not too much more I could get the nikon 28 2.8, 35 1.8 and 50 1.8.

    Would it be better to start off with the primes? They would force me to think about composition more than the zoom would. Or would it be too much of a pain in the ass to constantly switch the lenses?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. SkiMax

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    get the tamron, you are not going to want to change those lenses all the time...
     
  3. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    go with the 17-50
     
  5. Wobistdu

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    i have the d90

    i have a tamron 17-50

    i have the 35 1.8 and 50 1.8

    get the tamron first. very nice lens. if you want a prime, get the 35 1.8. for $200 it's fantastic. i love it. i regret buying the 50. once you get the 35, i seriously think the 50 is worthless. it's a shitty screw drive and not nearly as sharp. sure it's only $130 but take that and put it towards a speed light
     
  6. IsayHELLA

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    thanks
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    for learning creativity and composition, go primes. It makes you work at your image more so than with a zoom. If you are doing this as a hobby i would suggest primes all the way. It will help you become a better photographer.
     
  8. tenplanescrashing

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    I would agree for the learning aspect, but primes shouldn't be your only lenses IMO. I love them for their quality, but I don't for the convenience...and convenience to me is more important than quality since most of my shooting isn't pre-planned.
     
  9. Wobistdu

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    for a while the only thing between my 11-16 and 55-200 were a 35 and 50 prime. shit SUCKS. so glad i now have a tammy 17-50
     
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    I prefer primes in the mid-range, I find mid-range zooms to be boring. My preference is a wide angle zoom, mid-range primes, and a telephoto zoom.

    Now if only Nikon would come out with a 35 1.4 already :mad:
     
  11. Wobistdu

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    i still dont understand why people say a range is boring. composition/framing/etc make a picture interesting, not a mm range
     
  12. IsayHELLA

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    That's what I was thinking. Eventually, I'll have all the lenses listed, I just don't know what to start with.

    I'll give it some more thought. Maybe I'll add a bit more $$ and do the 17-50 and 35.
     
  13. TheManLouisianaFace

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    Those would be the two to go with for sure.
     
  14. Sympathy

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    the 28 2.8 is weaksauce. if you want one for cheap, PM me. :o
     
  15. tenplanescrashing

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    My 50mm is a little boring for the most part. I think i'd rather have an 85mm or 135 or something instead.

    But for the mid-range, i'd rather have the versatility of a zoom.
     
  16. SkiMax

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    how much do you want for it?
     
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    what about the rokinon 85 1.4?

    is it even worth looking at in the future?
     
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    What's wrong with it? I've noticed it never really gets talked about. Everyone talks about the 35 and 50 for good cheap lenses.
     

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