Those of you who follow us on twitter know we’re super-excited about switching to an entirely prime-lens lineup.

“But wait: I thought you loved Nikon zooms?”

Righto my friend. Actually, “love” is not a strong enough word when talking about the 14-24mm 2.8 and 24-70mm 2.8. These are the sharpest, fastest focusing zooms I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. I’m truly shocked that Nikon was able to seemingly defy several laws of physics to deliver these amazing optics. Regarding the 24-70, it’s so good we feel confident we’d be able to shoot an entire wedding with just this lens.

“So why switch to primes?”

Well, I’m glad you asked 🙂 We got lots of twitter inquiries so thought we’d just make a blog post of it all for your geek-out pleasure.

One of the reasons we were initially resistant to switching to Nikon was the weight-factor. Those of you who’ve seen us shoot know we often shoot with the camera in one hand, and a flash in the other. The MUCH heavier Nikon bodies and zoom lenses have been tough to shoot in this style without destroying our hands. Going primes allows us to alleviate the weight issue while also giving us a great by-product of better composition.

“Better composition?”

Yup. At our last wedding we dipped the water in going all prime by shooting 1/2 the wedding all prime, then switching to zooms. With primes, I found myself focusing, then quickly recomposing my frame. With zooms, I’d focus, zoom, then recompose. The added step of zooming doesn’t sound like much, but looking at the images, I’m happier with my prime images which didn’t allow me to mess with zooming. Definitely not for everyone, and I’m sure I’ll miss shooting zooms at times, but love pushing it 🙂

“So what’s your line-up?”

From left to right: 2x 20mm f2.8, 85mm f1.8, 35mm f2, 105mm f2 DC, and the 50mm 1.4 AFS. Nothing fancy, but a solid lineup that covers all the bases.

Super-Geek bonus: some might have noticed these images were shot at 1/1250 with flash. Yup! The nice thing about point&shoots like the LX3 is the electronic shutter which allows flash sync at any speed. Just strapped a couple of Quantum FW10w’s to the cam and flash and flashed away. Here’s the setup shot in my bathtub which created the images above 🙂