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Do professionals really never use a 24-70 lens?

Rockwell presents his opinion as fact even when it is actually a contested opinion. Yes, professionals use 24-70 lenses. They aren't for every situation, but there are plenty where they are great go ...
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Can I work with ONLY a single fixed focal length lens?

I am on the edge of investing in the Sony a6000 ... Ok, fallacy #1. :) You never invest in a camera unless you're a pro and can write it off on your taxes. Cameras depreciate. Even while new. Your "...
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Pictures of surfers start in focus then go out of focus?

Addendum: After seeing the example photos that were not available when this answer was originally written, there are a few qualifications that should be made regarding the original answer that appears ...
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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

Sports photography usually require two things: a long focal length and a wide aperture. The long lens is required to shoot action a long way away. The wide aperture is used for two purposes: ...
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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

Selecting an appropriate aperture When shooting sports in low light you're not going to be able to shoot at f/11. Most of us use f/2.8 lenses and shoot wide open. We do this not only because it helps ...
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Looking for an excellent telephoto lens that can also shoot bad photos at 30mm if need be

There's a reason no one makes a 24-200mm FF lens. Several, in fact. The main one is that not many photographers who know what they are doing would ever consider buying such a lens for a 20MP FF ...
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Do professionals really never use a 24-70 lens?

Annie Leibovitz used a Canon 24-70 2.8L for her photoshoot of the Queen Elizabeth of England. So the statement that professionals don't use that lens isn't true. I have shot professionally for 6 ...
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Do professionals really never use a 24-70 lens?

Which professionals? Different photographers obviously have different needs. As a rule, be suspect of any statement that treats the needs of such a large class of people the same. The Canon EF 24-70 ...
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What lens for catalog-quality photos of long guns?

@mattdm nailed it: I've been shooting long guns for a decade. The single most important factor is light. For a catalog-quality shot you need lots of good diffuse light, which you can get by bouncing ...
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Lens/equipment recommendations for cloud photography

If the issues with your current setup are low constrast and looking washed out, then a new lens isn't going to help. A polarizer will help in some cases when there is some blue sky in the picture or ...
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What knowledge or equipment is needed to photograph a classical concert?

This an old thread, but probably worth updating to take improvements in equipment. I've been shooting classical concerts since the 1970s - using 35mm SLRs in rehearsals and Mamiya TLR for concerts and ...
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What's the best Nikon lens for jewelry photography?

Product photography of jewelry is not optically tricky. The kit lens you already have will do nicely. No need to rush out and buy a 50mm. That said, a 50mm prime with a large aperture, say f/1.4 will ...
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Do I need the 18-55mm lens that comes with the camera, or should I instead get a 55-250mm lens?

Get both. You will definitely need the 18-55mm lens for shooting indoors and general all around photography as it covers wide-angle to short telephoto. The 55-250mm is a great lens for wildlife or ...
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How useful is the 24-70 lens?

Most professional setups start with a 24-70/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 two-lens combo on full frame and work outwards from there. These are the two general-purpose bread'and'butter lenses for a lot of pros ...
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Can I work with ONLY a single fixed focal length lens?

Question asks for opinions, but the answer can be subjective and still be on spot. The first thing to consider when taking photos is your skill, not the camera. And unless it comes to professionals ...
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Buying a Nikon DSLR Camera body only, is a 35mm and 55-200mm lens enough for most cases?

35mm is not wide enough for many types of general photography. With any group shots, (especially indoors) or any large outdor landscape scenes, you will need something like 16mm to 18mm to get ...
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Is the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D a good choice for a D750?

Yes. There is no reason I'm aware of that makes the 85mm f/1.4D a bad choice for a D750. According to reviews, it is a very good lens, both in terms of optical quality and mechanical stability, as is ...
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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

The most obvious thing is that you chose to use f/11 for your photos. At least according to the EXIF data on this image, your lens had a maximum aperture value of f/5.1 at this focal length. By using ...
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What is the difference between the various image-stabilized Canon 18-55mm lenses?

The two main choices you'll find from Canon are that you can get an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 with either the newer "STM" (stepper motor) design, or the non-STM version "II" design (which uses micro-motors). ...
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Do professionals really never use a 24-70 lens?

@AJ said all that I would have said and more about kenrockwell.com; but I would like to expand more on your specific requirement (and on AJ's recommendation) as this is also the kind of photography ...
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What are the differences among these Canon telephoto zoom lenses?

The 75-300 III is an older lens with a design that goes back to the '80s. It typically comes in a variety of flavors (with and without USM, with and without IS), but the cheapie one you can find new ...
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What knowledge or equipment is needed to photograph a classical concert?

here's some hints from someone who's been photographing orchestral performance for 12 years. Know the music beforehand. Don't let the pauses, or quiet moments take you by surprise. Tripod well get ...
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What lens will let me take a photo of a bird high up in a tree?

What lens would work for a canon 6D to take up close photos of birds far away in the trees? It comes down to three questions: How up close do you want to get? How far away are the trees? How big are ...
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What would be a better lens, 40 or 50mm prime, for walk around?

None of these lenses are going to approach L series lenses in terms of build quality and the ability to take punishment and just keep working as they should. There are reasons they offer near the same ...
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Can I work with ONLY a single fixed focal length lens?

Don't be fooled by what others say about the kit lens. Sony has a reputation to live up too. The kit lens specifications has been chosen to provide a good entry level lens. Your best choice is to ...
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Buying a Nikon DSLR Camera body only, is a 35mm and 55-200mm lens enough for most cases?

It depends. This is why getting a blanket lens recommendation almost never works. Everybody has a different set of priorities on what and how they want to shoot and how much they have to spend. ...
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How do I chose a lens for portraits which will also be useful in other situations?

The best lens for multi-tasking is a zoom lens. That is exactly what it is good at. You get to decide what trade offs you want. It sounds like you want an excellent general purpose lens, and also ...
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Use a fisheye lens on APS-C camera as ultra wide angle

A fish-eye lens is not just a lens with a very short focal length, it also has a specific distortion (cf. fish-eye projection vs. rectilinear projection). So while you can use a full-frame fish-eye ...
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How do I choose between an ultrawide zoom or the kit zoom as a beginner interested in architecture and landscape?

"Kit" lenses are often very good value for money, for two reasons - the manufacturer makes them cheap so they can be included with a camera without raising the price too much, and they don't want the ...
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How do I choose between an ultrawide zoom or the kit zoom as a beginner interested in architecture and landscape?

You're basically considering two different types of lenses: a "walkaround" zoom, and an ultrawide zoom. The 18-55 is less expensive because it's also sold to go with a camera body in the box, and you ...
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