If you're a half serious photographer, you have at least one and possibly two prime lenses in your kit.
If you are a deadly serious photographer you own more prime lenses than pairs of shoes.
In discussing why prime lenses are so much better than zooms I'm going to avoid all the techno-talk and tell it layman's lingo.
|Nikon 50mm f1.4 Prime|
- Primes have a dirty big hole in the front - they let in heaps of light. They are FAST!
- Primes are lighter than zooms
- Primes are smaller than zooms
- Primes are sharper than zooms (fewer things to jiggle inside)
- Primes can make the background nice and blurry. (Depth of Field control bla bla)
- In many cases, primes are less expensive than zooms.
- Which focal length primes are ideal for landscapes, travel or portraits? They are all different!
- What is the difference between a $150 50mm prime and a $3000 50mm prime?
- Are third party primes (Sigma and Tokina) as good as the laeders (Nikon and Canon)?
- Which cameras do primes work best on? (yes, the camera DOES make difference)
- Which mode P_A_S_M will make your prime lens work more efficiently?