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: