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Today we'll be chatting lens selection. So Let's start with basics! If you purchase a DSLR camera, you have many options when it comes to Lenses. There are, though, two major categories of lenses: zoom lenses & prime lenses. A zoom lens is exactly what it sounds like, it zooms in and out to bring your subject in closer or further away. Durr, right? I know. Ok so, prime lenses however... your feet are the zoom, meaning the focal length is stationary, and you gotta move those footsies to get closer or further away from your subject. So which should you choose?
It seems like a zoom is a no brainer, at least that's how I felt when I first started photography. So you may be surprised then to learn that I actually photograph anything and everything solely with prime lenses. Say wha??? Yep.
So why prime lenses? For me, prime lenses are the superior lens choice. Now I know those is fightin words within the photography community. But here are three reasons why I feel this way:
The color, contrast & sharpness is just always superb.
You can photograph in lower lighting with clearer, sharper, less grainy results.
They create a softer backgrounds behind your subject.
Both these images below were shot with a 50 mm lens. Seriously my fave! Same pose, I just used my feets to zoom, vroom vroom.
Prime lenses can range into the thousands. Photographin' aint cheap! So if you're the mom tog mom wanting to take amazing photographs of your kids, or you're wanting to turn pro, the best lens I can recommend to you, would be what we term here in the photography community as the 'nifty fifty'. I used this lens from the get-go of my photography days and I am thankful to the people who recommended it to me. It's a prime lens, with a fixed focal length of 50mm, with a 1.8 max aperture (we'll get to aperture don't worry), and it is amazing bang for your buck. Between $100-200 and it rivals the the 50 1.4 extremely well, which is 3-4x the cost. Best part is, both canon and nikon sell a version of this lens. Woo woo!
Pictured below, our little boogie! I take most of my momarazzi photos with a 50mm- and this is pretty much straight out of camera (sooc).