Why I Shoot With Prime Lenses
There are a lot of different lens choices on the market today. How do you know what to get? Obviously there is no correct answer as every photographer is different, and shoots different subjects; For example if you are only taking pictures at your son’s soccer game you would be smart to by a zoom (70-200) as you would not have to much need for a 15mm fish eye. Before you go out an purchase a new lens I encourage you to look at prime lenses.
When photography was just starting, back when dirt was new, you were only able to use prime lenses. Prime lenses do not have the ability to zoom they are fixed at a focal length. (for example 50mm)
A lot of photographers like prime lenses as they have high quality glass, don’t get me wrong zoom lenses now can have some high quality optics, but not to long ago zoom lenses where much lower quality.
One of my favorite parts about prime lenses is its low cost to get into faster glass. (2.8); a great example of this is actually one of my favorite sub $1000 lens , It’s the Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro.
This is a great portrait lens and it doubles as an amazing macro. I use this lens at every wedding for detail shots of cake, rings, dresses. etc. The best part you can get this lens for about $500.
Another great prime lens that is very popular on the market is the Nikon 50mm 1.4. This is great as it simulates more of what you eye actually sees. so it’s a great lens to learn on, and only runs $400. If you are looking for a good learning lens you should look at the 50mm 1.8. It’s not super high quality as the glass is actually plastic, I think, But it’s a great learning tool for the $50.