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Prime Lenses – an Introduction

Canon-Ef-50Mm-Lens-1Should I buy a Prime Lens?

In an age when zoom lenses are all the range – I’ve been surprised to be getting more and more questions about prime lenses of late.

Perhaps there’s a return to a more ‘pure’ or ‘back to basics’ form of photography going on?

A Definition of Prime Lenses

For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘prime lens’ – lets start with a simple definition. A prime lens is one that has just one focal length only (in contrast to a zoom lens that covers a wider range of lengths).

Prime lenses come in a wide range of focal lengths from wide angles through to the very longest of tele-photo lenses used by many sports photographers and paparazzi.

While zoom lenses are ever popular and come as the standard kit lens with most DSLRs sold – prime lenses remain the favorite of many.

The main two reasons given by prime lens lovers are:


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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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