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What's with RFD's obsession with prime lenses?

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Zoom lenses makes you less lazy in taking photos. Prime lenses add that extra level of creativity to get a shot.
"An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail." -- Edward Land
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lz7j wrote:
Aug 10th, 2012 2:03 pm
This is RFD. We're all compulsive purchasers! What's the fun in getting one lens to cover majority of the focal lengths like a 24-70 when you can buy a 24 1.4, 35 1.4, 50 1.4, 85 1.4 :cheesygri
And it's obviously boring to only own 1 camera since most prime users don't like changing lenses!

Next question, please!
What's your favourite lens/camera pair up now that you have both the D3s/D4 and D800?
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TruE SkiLLS wrote:
Aug 11th, 2012 6:36 pm
What's your favourite lens/camera pair up now that you have both the D3s/D4 and D800?
two d4 cameras :O
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Most people recommend the 50 F1.8 because it's the cheapest upgrade you can get. I didn't learn how to play with DOF until I got the prime. The alternative would be dropping $1200 for the 17-55mm F2.8. Even now, I can't justify/afford that.
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fly wrote:
Aug 14th, 2012 1:10 pm
Most people recommend the 50 F1.8 because it's the cheapest upgrade you can get. I didn't learn how to play with DOF until I got the prime. The alternative would be dropping $1200 for the 17-55mm F2.8. Even now, I can't justify/afford that.
You know there's a ton of alternatives other than the 17-55mm f2.8....

Like....20-30 choices.
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Sorry Jimmy, after spending a couple of hours trying to install the battery, I just could not summon the effort to figure out how to turn the cameras on :cry: :confused: :o

so iPhone to the rescue! it's my professional tool used everywhere... and hey, its got a prime lens! :lol: :cheesygri
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TruE SkiLLS wrote:
Aug 11th, 2012 6:36 pm
What's your favourite lens/camera pair up now that you have both the D3s/D4 and D800?
[IMG]http://www.nikkophotography.com/rfd/d800n35.jpg[/IMG]

My personal fav's are the D800's /w a 35mm and I use it pretty much for everything that does not involve weddings/events. The pro series cameras are a lot more convenient for fast paced gigs due to the button/interface positioning and the well balanced full-body which helps with hand/wrist fatigue.
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lz7j wrote:
Aug 14th, 2012 10:46 pm
[IMG]http://www.nikkophotography.com/rfd/d800n35.jpg[/IMG]

My personal fav's are the D800's /w a 35mm and I use it pretty much for everything that does not involve weddings/events. The pro series cameras are a lot more convenient for fast paced gigs due to the button/interface positioning and the well balanced full-body which helps with hand/wrist fatigue.
my fav lens on my d800 is 24 1.4, of course the left AF is a b1tch with a wide angle 1.4 lens lol
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bosoxfanx1 wrote:
Aug 14th, 2012 11:45 pm
my fav lens on my d800 is 24 1.4, of course the left AF is a b1tch with a wide angle 1.4 lens lol

You should send your D800 in for repair. My D800 and D800E does not exhibit any left AF point issue after excessive testing - lenses used were my 24 1.4, 2 x 35 1.4, 50 1.4, 85 1.4 lenses and everything is copacetic in Nikon land.
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I carry 3 lenses with me: 28mm/2.8F, 50mm/1.8F and 70-210mm/4F
Pretty much cover all bases without the need of going to a telephoto 2.8F which costs a lot more than my 28mm and 50mm combined. Just take a few steps front or back, push your arms out a bit if really needed...

Sure I had the zoom kit lens at 18-70mm/3.5-5.6F but that was crap... anything more decent is going to cost a fortune..

/I love the 50mm but it's just too zoomed in for most indoors situation with the crop sensor.. hence the 28mm.

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