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Brownie

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I've been poking around on the forum while awaiting the release (hopefully) of the A7 Mk IV. In looking through the lens showcases I notice not very many go for the long zooms. I am a reach guy. I figured out a long time ago that I want as long a lens as I can get. If I have one reservation about adding a FF to my M-4/3 shooting, it's reach. The ability to shoot 800mm equivalance handheld with a lens that weighs a couple pounds is fantastic.

Also learned over the years that I am not a prime shooter. I've tried to be, I have purchased and then sold almost complete sets due to lack of use. Other than keeping a standard FL prime on hand, and depending on my zooms a maybe wide or a short tele, they just don't interest me. Maybe I'm just lazy.

In looking through the EXIF in my main interests in photography, it seems I tend to use 200-300mm (equivalence) at the drag strip quite a bit, and longer at air shows. The caveat(s) would be custom car shows and museums where I need wide.

Is there a reason they don't seem to be popular here, or is it just shooting style, etc?
 

WoodWorks

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For me it’s mostly shooting style. Even with my zooms, I find myself taking photos in the ~24–35mm range most of the time. I have the Sigma 100-400mm lens, but I only bring it along when I know that I’m going to use it. Because it’s big and it’s heavy. Otherwise, it just gathers dust on the shelf.
 

Brownie

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For me it’s mostly shooting style. Even with my zooms, I find myself taking photos in the ~24–35mm range most of the time. I have the Sigma 100-400mm lens, but I only bring it along when I know that I’m going to use it. Because it’s big and it’s heavy. Otherwise, it just gathers dust on the shelf.
Yeah, I am not discounting the middle range. My favorite walk-around is the 12-60, so 24-120 EQ. It gets used probably more than any other for general stuff. I guess I was thinking more in terms of events or specific outings.
 

Richard Crowe

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I also enjo shooting with decent zoom lenses. I like the 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS lens on my A6600 for reach combined with portability. The 525mm equivalent focal length at a weight that I can easily carry is just great. The OSS combined with the A6600 IBIS is also super. I shot this hand held at 1/20 second using 350mm focal length. https://photos.smugmug.com/LENS-TESTS/i-fFQcSs3/0/504e9143/X3/70-350mm OSS-IBIS TEST_5650-X3.jpg I also can see how the Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 lens may just become one of my favorites. My A7iii just about has the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 glued on to it...
 

Kmac76

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I will like this thread….. I love my 24-240 for the versatility and length; but I am lusting for the 200-600 to pair with my a6600. I haven’t looked at the new 150-500 Tamron - but I know I will use whatever long lens I can justify
 

Biro

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I use my full-frame gear primarily for 100mm and under. I have kept a certain amount of mu43 gear specifically for telephoto work. Almost all of the long full-frame glass is too heavy and too expensive for my tastes.
 

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