Why All You Need Are Three Small Prime Lenses (Video)

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In This Epsiode

Why All You Need Are Three Small Prime Lenses: In this segment, sponsored by Samyang, we’re going to review our obsession with small primes. The masters of old only needed these lenses. And if you’re a Sony FE camera user, Samyang has a few that could appeal to you. We’re going to go over three of our favorites in this segment.

Over my past decade of work, I’ve realized that most of what I can do is easily done with three small prime lenses. If you’re a wildlife shooter or some other sort of professional, then this doesn’t apply to you. But if you’re an event shooter, a hobbyist, and you like to photo walk then three small primes could be all you need. All the great photographers made award-winning photos with them.

Samyang’s approach to this is very different from everyone else’s. Coined, “The tiny trio,” they consist of the Samyang 18mm f2.8, 45mm f1.8, and the 75mm f1.8 lenses. They’re all for the Sony FE lineup of cameras and none of them are over $400. If you’re a hobbyist looking for something holistically different that doesn’t break the bank, then you’ll probably be able to get a new spark of creativity from these lenses. Here are some image samples.

Samyang 18mm f2.8

We used this lens and the others on the Sony a7r III. What we got were beautiful colors, nice contrast, lots of sharpness, and solid autofocus performance. For the price point, we were very impressed, and so too was the audience.

Samyang 45mm f1.8

Of the bunch, this lens is my favorite. It’s between a 35mm and a 50mm. 45mm is also very close to true normal on a full frame 35mm sensor.

Samyang 75mm f1.8

Here’s another gem!

On the Next Episode:

How to Shoot Without Image Stabilization: Editor in Chief Chris Gampat will lead a discussion about shooting without image stabilization. He was taught to shoot at 1/13th with a Leica rangefinder and he’s still incredibly steady even without stabilization. In his journeys, he’s found a lot of problems with the way people shoot. But he’s also found ways that work no matter what their body type is.

The Most Forward Thinking Cameras of the Past Decade: Since the introduction of the Canon EOS 5D II, digital cameras slowly shifted towards becoming less about stills and more about video performance. A quick look at today’s camera marketing materials reveals that camera melting video specifications take precedence over still specs. While there is nothing wrong with digital cameras that can deliver the best of both worlds, hybrid cameras do introduce quite a few problems, like more complicated menus, and increased heat output. In this segment of the show, we will discuss some of our favorite digital cameras from the last decade that focus more on photographers and stills than on video and videographers.

Our Dream Cameras: With all the speculations being thrown around about upcoming camera releases, what unique features can we combine from leading camera manufacturers to create our dream camera? I.E. Canon colors, Olympus Live COmp, Sony’s advanced AF, etc

Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored segment from Samyang. The views and opinions expressed are still solely our own.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.