2 bodies+prime vs Zoom lens


dennisc

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Prob depends on personal preference

I prefer primes in most situations for its minimal distortion and sharpness except landscape and nature for which I use non
 

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v0857

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Events and wedding Photographers use this often?

Primes are used to secure that bokeh look and feel?
so...1 with prime for the bokeh look and another with zoom for the flexibility I suppose....
 

sjackal

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Short zoom 28-300
long zoom 200-500

Simi?
 

kandinsky

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Photogs in particular but the same reasons can apply to run-n-gun video.
I've not seen a videographer double-wield like photogs can. I guess there would be way too much movement? Also tend to be setup for different angles, which I'm sure you would be more than familiar with :D

Usual setup for r-n-g video
Cam A - Zoom 24-70 (handheld)
Cam B - Zoom 70-200 (from back of venue)

Lens changes during event
Cam A - 50 or 85 (during lull periods in the event where there's luxury of time)
Cam B - 24-70 or 16-35 for gimbal and slider duties

For stills I've done:
Cam A - 24-70
Cam B - 50 or 85
 

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Good looking footage I'm sure.
I'm running solo with a mix of gopros, camcorders and A7S.
Default lens is 24-240mm. Details shot on old Nikon AI 50mm, 135mm. On slider: Samyang 14mm
Stage is covered with AX100 on master and audience with W850 on PTZ remote control + gopro.
Close ups with either A7s or NX30.

Now thinking of ditching all the camcorders and switching to FZ2000 and EOS M5 when they come to market.
I'm shopping for EF-S and EF-M lenses so looking for some advise.
Will still carry one A7s body for emergency and low-light venue.
Still doing the math of how much weight I can shed from my "SBO"
But I fear it might get even heavier with Canon glass!
 

Ah Keong

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my experience is depending either indoors / outdoors:

zoom - configuration
body 1 + 24-70mm
body 2 + 70-200mm

prime - configuration
body 1 + 28mm / 35mm
body 2 + 85mm / 135mm

mixed body - prime configuration
Body 1: Full Frame / FX
Body 2: APS-C / DX
2 primes : 35mm (~50mm) / 85mm (~135mm)

the last configuration I can think of require 3 bodies
body 1 + 24-70mm
body 2 + 70-200mm
body 3 + lens change (16-35mm / 11-24mm / 14mm / 35mm / 85mm / 100mm macro / 135mm)

this way, the third body is used for artistic shoots and reduce the risk of damage to body 1 and 2 when doing running and gunning :D
 

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kcuf2

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In my events photography shoot, I always have 3 sets on me.

1dx + 16-35 2.8
1dx + 70-200 2.8
1dx + 85 1.2


the 16-35 and 70-200 sets are hung on my neck, while the 85 set is stored in my backpack for use when needed.
It looks heavy, but if you are a seasoned shooter, the weight is normal.
 

Nikonzen

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I started on a nice set of primes. I tried a few zooms and still own one that I use every now and then usually a grab and go situation. I use mainly primes and have sort of always been this way
I tried to get on with the zooms (and crop cameras) but they just don't really do it for me anymore.

I usually have two cameras at all times.
 

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Good looking footage I'm sure.
I'm running solo with a mix of gopros, camcorders and A7S.
Default lens is 24-240mm. Details shot on old Nikon AI 50mm, 135mm. On slider: Samyang 14mm
Stage is covered with AX100 on master and audience with W850 on PTZ remote control + gopro.
Close ups with either A7s or NX30.

Now thinking of ditching all the camcorders and switching to FZ2000 and EOS M5 when they come to market.
I'm shopping for EF-S and EF-M lenses so looking for some advise.
Will still carry one A7s body for emergency and low-light venue.
Still doing the math of how much weight I can shed from my "SBO"
But I fear it might get even heavier with Canon glass!
try to get same body so can share the lens