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Benefits of Using a Prime Lens in Photography

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

When you shoot, you can use a prime lens or a zoom lens. A prime lens will cover only one focal length (50mm) while a zoom lens zooms in and out to capture a range of 24-70mm.

The variety a zoom lens offers may make it seem like the best choice in most photography situations. But there are plenty of reasons for using a prime lens. Here are some to consider.

The Bring in More Light

Prime lenses have a wider maximum aperture, so they let more light into the camera when the shutter is open. This means they will take great pictures in low light situations without causing you to adjust your ISO or shutter speed.

Better for Shallow Depth of Field

A prime lens makes for a narrower range on the image in focus, so the subject comes out nice and sharp while the background is slightly blurred. This effect is known as a shallow depth of field, and it is ideal in portrait photography and still lifes.

Better Image Quality

If you shoot with a prime lens, your photo is less likely to be distorted and the colors and images will be sharper and brighter. They will produce high quality photos you can be proud of.

Good Value

Prime lenses can be affordable, or they can be quite expensive. But they tend to be cheaper than zoom lenses and provide more value considering what you will pay overall. This gives you more bang for your buck.

Portability

If you are looking to take some weight off when you shoot, you can’t go wrong with a prime lens. They are lighter and smaller than zoom lenses. You can even opt for the pancake lens which is the smallest and lightest of them all.

Helps with the Understanding of Focal Length

A zoom length allows you to change focal length so you would think that using one would give you the best idea of what focal length is. However, this is not necessarily the case.

A prime lens is always set to 50mm. After shooting with it for a while, you get a good idea of what 50mm is. This gives you a strong point of reference for when you start using zoom lenses and you will become a master regardless of the lens you use.

It Forces You to Move

Because a fixed lens doesn’t zoom in, you will be forced to move in closer to your subject to get a tight shot. As you move around, you will find different angels and perspectives that will boost your creativity. You will also get used to not standing in one place when you shoot pictures.

And that’s not even to mention all that beneficial physical activity!

A prime lens may not seem as exciting as a zoom lens, but it can get you great shots in certain circumstances. It is known for capturing clear, high-quality images and it can teach you a lot about photography.

Zoom or prime? Which do you prefer to use when you shoot?


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