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A prime cannot exactly "replace" those other lenses, but you can still often make fine photographs with it, and sometimes there are alternate advantages that come from shooting in this different way with this single focal length lens.
I have a bunch of lenses and often carry many of them with me when I shoot. However, with some subjects I also do enjoy going out and shooting with just the 50mm prime on my FF camera body. I give up a certain kind of obvious flexibility and, to be honest, there are certain types of photographs that I simply will not be able to produce with this limited gear. On the other hand, I can work very quickly and intuitively since the number of decisions I have to make is reduced. Instead of asking "which lens would be best for this shot?" I have to answer a different questions: "how can I shoot this with the lens on my camera?"
The easiest answer to your question might be to simply get that 50mm lens - though a 35mm lens might well be a better choice with your bodies - and then leave the other lenses at home and go out with just the prime. See how you like it. Give it more than one chance. If you are like me, you might find that there are circumstances and subjects for which it can be a great alternative.
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I'm faced with a dilemma which I'm having a hard time coming to terms with. I'm certainly not for spending money unwarranted, but is this "really" one of those cases? That being said, here goes ....
I own a Canon 1D MK3 and 40D, and my focal range is simple ... two (2) lenses:
1. Canon 24-70 f/2.8L
2. Canon 70-200 f/2.8L
So there you have it - 24-200mm range between two lenses. My dilemma is I'm considering purchasing the Canon 50 f/1.4 prime. Not because I need a faster lens, or that range (you can see I have that...Show more →