An Introduction to Prime Lenses

Prime Lenses – an Introduction digital Photography School has a nice primer out on the basic differences between prime and zoom lenses. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what the differences are, this is a good place to start.

I shoot primarily with prime lenses. I’m frequently asked which lenses are my favorites and I’d have to say that in general (even as expensive as it is) I’d recommend Canon L Series lenses. My favorite is the 135mm f/2. I also like the 24 f/1.4 quite a bit as well. I’d concur also with this article that the Canon EF100 is a great (relatively) attractively priced macro.

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  1. JeffH says:

    Here is a link to an excellent database of lens performance information. The data is a compilation of user input over many years that the database has been in existence. It covers all major makes and models of lenses for SLR’s

    On the same site, there are a series of very comprehensive reviews of lenses for both Canon & Nikon SLR’s.
    I find these sites quite useful when shopping for lenses.

  2. Greg Furry says:

    Jeff H thanks for the good links.

    Thomas- Nice to know what you like. I have my eye on the Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.4D. Works out to 127mm on my D80.

    I currently have the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and the 18-200mm. Both nice lenses for different uses.

  3. My favorite is the Canon 70.200IS L. Love it.

    Thanks for the LinkedIn contact.

  4. Anonymous says:

    How are you liking the 50 f/1.2 L Thomas?

  5. gem says:

    i like prime lenses also! i am now a happy canon 400d owner, and i decided to forgo the kit lens and buy the 50mm f/1.4 lens.

    anyway when i still had my point and shoot canon A520 i hardly “zoomed in” anyway. it got too blurry unless it was really bright. i always just shot normally and just cropped if i wanted to.

    so i figured i really wanted to go nearer, i’ll just walk closer (like i did when i had a point and shoot). it’s like exercise. exercise legs as well as arms.

  6. Kreg says:

    I have a D70, and I own the stock lens which is good, but Very average 18-70mm, a Nikkor 50mm 1.8/f <- Very Nice Quick and Light, and a Tamron 70-300mm Also very nice, but a little noisy (physically) during Autofocus, But it does nice Zoom and Macro also.

  7. Thomas Hawk says:

    How are you liking the 50 f/1.2 L Thomas?

    Ok, I just reviewed the 50mm here: