Hi Dan Lovell — Thanks so much for reading the article. Personally, I think the 24–70mm and 70–200mm are the most-used lenses in a photographer’s bag. Which is not to say they are the “best.” Primes certainly offer a more technically good photo, for various reasons depending on the type of photography you do. For example, if I were doing architecture, I might use a very very good 14mm, to get wider shots while keeping lines straight. If I were strictly doing beauty portraits, I’d probably use the 85mm prime, for its faster speeds, sharpness and compression. Probably my most-used primes are my 21mm and 35mm’s. 21mm is very wide, which is usually my preference, so I like a very true lens for that work and my favorite 21mm is the Leica Super Elmar. I have two 35mm primes I like a lot — the Leica 35mm Summicron and my Nikon 35mm f/1.4G. My work is more editorial, so those two lenses get me images that have both subject and environment.

As for “tilting the frame,” not sure if you’re talking about “Dutch Angles,” but I’m a bit of a stickler for even horizon lines. If I break the rule, it’s usually with a very specific purpose and probably very exaggerated, in order to look purposeful.

Hope that helps!

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