Prime Lens: 5 killer reasons to have one

Prime Lens: 5 killer reasons to have one

Prime lenses are generally used in scripted scenarios where the photographer has already visualized the scene at the back of his mind.  Because Prime Lens has a fixed focal length it makes the photographer think  effectively  about what he is going to capture and this characteristic makes the photographer conscious about camera’s position while shooting .Fixed focal length may seem like a hindrance for capturing images  but the most creative photographers use this limitation to their advantage. When the position of camera is moved physically instead of zooming in or out , user  gets to explore new angles , different lighting  and light directions. Most of the time the photographer has to put extra work and effort when working with prime lens because of lack of zoom feature, but if the images are shot correctly, the hard work pays off. If you have already read our earlier article  basic understanding of dslr lenses  than you may have basic idea about primes lens advantage. Today in this post we will be talking  about  5 more killer reason of revery photographer to  consider prime lens .

Nikon prime lens


Though there isn’t much  flexibility with focal length in prime lens,  there is  flexibility in terms of  aperture .  With the zoom lens the widest one can go is f2.8. Some zoom lens won’t let users go wider than f4 but with fixed lens they can go all the way to f1.2, this helps the photographer in number of ways, for instance, they can shoot in low light,  and obtain shallower depth of field compared to  what other type of lenses offer. Because prime lenses have large apertures they are typically pretty fast and this feature allows quick shutter speeds.


Sharpness is another important factor when it comes to prime lens. Some users refer to sharpness as the quality of the picture. With prime lens the images will appear more sharper and pleasing, this is because prime lens has thinner glasses compared  zoom lenses. Since light travels through thinner lens glass prime lens,   the sharpness and overall quality of pictures is sure to be higher.


Another important factor to keep in mind would be noise. Images taken from prime lenses are less noisy compared to images captured through zoom lens, and reason again being that prime lens has thin lens glass which makes it easier for light to travel compared to thick lens glass on zoom lens.


Another bonus point for  prime lens users is the size and weight of the lens  and furthermore  they occupy very less space in comparison to any other zoom lenses.


Many videographers also prefer prime lenses because these gives them more options when it comes to depth of field. If not known already, remember that our eyes have fixed focal length, somewhere around 50mm,   therefore, a  video shot with fixed lens gives an impression of viewing a scenario with human eye.Zoom lens has it own set of characteristic and its own right palce but prime lens are definitely a must have lens in your camera bag.

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Anup ghimire is a self learned Photographer/Designer and recently graduated in multimedia technologies from London metropolitan university.Traveling is something he loves the most after photography. You can see some of his photos at his facebook photography page

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