As a beginner in photography, there is a very good chance your first camera will be a consumer grade DSLR. If you happen to get a lower-end DSLR, it will probably be offered as a package complete with 1 or 2 kit zoom lenses. While it may seem tempting to get both a camera and inexpensive zoom lenses that cover a wide range of focal lengths as a package deal, it’s not necessarily the best choice. In this article, you will learn why buying a fast 50mm prime lens is a much better option than settling for a slow kit zoom lens.

Buy a 50mm prime lens, not a kit lens
Red X on the 18-55mm slow kit zoom lenses from Canon and Nikon; green check mark on the fast 50mm f/1.8 prime Canon and Nikon lenses.
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Nikon DSLR and lenses
From left: Nikon D90 DSLR, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D and AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED.

As a photographer, it is easy to get caught up wanting or feeling the need to acquire new photography gear as soon as it hits the market. Camera and lens manufacturers market their products in such a way to make us feel as though we absolutely must have their latest and greatest release, and that having said product will enable us to take “higher-quality photos” and “become a better photographer.” I know and am sure you have met people who have a wide array of high-end gear and don’t even know how to use it properly, or seldom take Continue reading ›

First off, there are cases – events, such as press conferences, parades, sporting events, concerts, ceremonies, etc. – in which zoom lenses are absolutely necessary as you can only shoot from a single spot and do not have free range of motion. Zoom lenses make it easier to capture an assortment of images, from tight close-ups to mid-range and wide angle shots. I don’t shoot at the above-mentioned events, so for my fine art photography, I prefer using prime (non-zoom or fixed focal length) lenses. Below are five reasons I prefer shooting with prime lenses.

Top-notch Nikkor prime lenses
From left to right: AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4, AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 and AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G.

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