I've had my eye on a medium telephoto lens for a while now, for travel and landscape, and have been torn between these two lengedary hunks of glass.
I've always been a prime guy. I prefer the constraint of a fixed focal length, as it forces me to think more about my composition, and is easier in general to master; to 'think' in a single focal length comes more naturally to me than trying to visualise every possibility.
For telephoto lenses, where zooming with your feet sometimes isn't an option, I must admit the zoom is certainly tempting, despite its heft.
Both lenses performed spectacularly on the day, which has left me no closer to a decision as to which belongs in my photography kit. Perhaps I just need both.
Alex Nichol is an amateur photographer based in the UK dabbling with landscape, travel and documentary. Alex has shot with pretty much everything, from classic 35mm and medium format film cameras from Zenit, Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, to digital SLR and mirrorless systems from Leica, Sony, Canon, Panasonic and Olympus. He is currently shooting with the Fujifilm X System.