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Hello from a n00b...

Discussion in 'Introductions...' started by Wab, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. Wab

    Wab Well-Known Member

    Hi all,

    Wab, a Geordie living in South East Wales. I've been into photography for a couple of years now; I think I'm 'okay', though I tend to specialise in taking images of runners (a local events company employ me to photograph a series of their races), but other than that, I've much to learn.

    My equipment is fairly basic; I'm a fan of prime lenses, though I'm tempted to go for one of Canon L's zooms. But the 24mm f/2.8 tends to live on my cropped sensor body.

    I also have an interest in street photography, though living in a fairly rural area, I don't get much of a chance to do much of this.

    I'm a recovered alkie (9 years sober) and I like to keep fit; I ran the Brecon Beacons Ultra (46 miles) in Nov 17, and I always take a Canon Powershot S95 with me when I run. I have experimented with running with a small DSLR and a pancake lens, but it was a bit bulky.

    Anyway, I look forward to being a member of the forum.


  2. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    G'day Wab.

    24mm on a crop body sounds sensible to me. The om;y reason I didn't buy one was because Leica replaced the crop M8 with the full-frame M9 -- which was, I think, cheaper than the 24mm Summilux.


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  3. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum - and well done for keeping on the straight and narrow for nine years!

    There's no particular reason to take my advice, but FWIW, I would suggest thinking long and hard before buying zooms, unless you're quite certain that they're 'Your Thing'.

    Having owned several Canon zooms over the years, I've got rid of them all, and now have only primes. I eventually reached the conclusion that I simply prefer primes. (YMMV, of course).
  4. Wab

    Wab Well-Known Member

    That could be me too. I quite like knowing what I'm going to see, before looking, though my standard prime, and all I have to do is work out where to get my body. It seems to cut out a layer of thinking (i.e. what focal length, and then work out where to put my body).

    I still might get a zoom though. Sigma do a rated f/2.8 17 - 55mm which isn't too pricey. I'll buy 2nd hand and sell it on if it ends up gathering dust.

    Thanks for the welcome guys.
  5. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Welcome along Wab. Primes are king in my book, if you can get away with them. I guess it all boils down to how flexible you can be with your feet, and what type of photography you do.
    Look forward to seeing some of your images. :)
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