Move your feet, not the zoom. I always need to listen to myself and take my own advice. Easy to dish it out, right? It’s not until you really get into the weeds do you realise how much moving your feet and gets you a fresh perspective on something.
As a photographer, nothing flips your world on its head more than buying your first prime lens. For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘prime lens’ , a prime lens is one that has just one focal length only. Think of it as the human eye. You can’t zoom in or out. To get a better view on something you need to move closer (or squint for some of you).
The benefits of a prime lens.
A prime lens is generally not the first lens a photographer will buy when buying a DSLR. It will likely not be your second either. But every photographer that is looking to take more than just birthday photos should have at least one prime lens in their bag. Primes shine for a few reasons. First, the quality of the lens is often better because there are fewer moving parts. There is no zoom hardware to worry about, which often translates into not just quality, but the price. But at the end of the day, a lack of zoom forces you to get creative and move your feet, getting creative in the framing and composition of your photographs.
What lens to use?
If you’re looking to dive into the prime world, look for a 50mm prime. This focal length best mimics the “focal length” of the human eye. Canon sells a f/1.8 50mm prime at a very affordable price point for those looking to add this to their camera bag. On a full frame camera, this is 50mm. On a crop sensor (1.62 on a Canon; 1.5 on a Nikon & Sony) look for a 35mm lens. Sigma makes great after market 35mm prime lenses for both Canon and Nikon and produce great colours.