5 simple steps to choosing the perfect Prime Lens for you

A post by: Elizabeth HalfordPBLOCKQUOTE readability=”9″P”But how will I zoom in and out?”, I blinked my eyes in disbelief./PP”You got feet, don’t you?”/P/BLOCKQUOTEPIMG class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-61230″ alt=”85mm-canon-lens” src=”http://www.photo-natural.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/wpid-85mm-canon-lens.jpg” width=”600″ height=”399″/PPMy first encounter with the concept of fixed or first camera lenses was when they were explained to me (a baby photographer) when I met with a local wedding photographer whose work I was (and still am) crushing on. I was so surprised to hear that there were (gulp) non zoom lenses. ‘ What’s the point of that? ‘ I was wondering. Why pay more for less?/PPSTRONGClearly, I had a lot of catching up to do!/STRONG/PPThere are many merits to using prime lenses in your photography. One is that you may find that you can reach mind blowing sharpness and quality with a lens that not 10 lenses in one. I like to say that the 50 mm prime lens does not have to try to be anything other than 50 mm. it only needs to focus on (pun intended) is the best 50 mm can be. Of course, there are many fantastic sharp and zoom lenses there, but you find that you not only for quality but versatility is charged. Prime lenses are not very versatile, but what they lack in versatility, they can make up for in quality that can leave you asking, “what zoom?”/PPSo with so many to choose from, how do you choose the perfect first lens for you? You may be like me and buy to try a whopping 14 lenses in 5 years, to the tune of $ 10,250, (true story) or you can try this great 5 steps:/PChoose one of your existing lensesSet the zoom on a focal length and let it thereShoot for a week or so alone on that setting. Experience what it’s like if your feet instead of your zoom. Your typical subjects photographed, the ones you photograph the majority of the time, and see how that focal length.Repeat the exercise at different focal lengths.Assess your experience shooting at different lengths. The setting in which you felt most comfortable will a great indication of where to start when purchasing the perfect first lens for you.PIf you have multiple lenses (or even just a few), there is a super cool way use Lightroom to view all images taken with a particular lens. First, make sure you are in the library module. Click on “all photos” on the left (among the smaller preview). Click on the top bar, click on ‘ meta data ‘. Then you will see many sorting options depending on which photos you want to see. In the middle is the box showing of each lens you’ve used for all images in your catalog (if you do not see that use the pull-down menu to select “lens”. How cool is that?! You can then sort by focal length and see which one you use most often./PPIMG class=”size-large wp-image-61131 aligncenter” alt=”50mm-canon-lens” src=”http://www.photo-natural.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/wpid-50mm-canon-lens-400×600.jpg” width=”400″ height=”600″/PPAs I mentioned before I have been experimenting with many different zoom and prime lenses. With regard to the primes, I got hold of the following Canon lenses: 50 mm f/1.8, 50 mm f/1.4, 50 mm f/1.2, 85 mm f/1.8 and 24 mm f/2.8. After all that, the only thing that remains in my collection the 50 mm f/1.2. I personally love very tight portrait shots so although I think the quality was wonderful, the 24 mm was too large. The 85 mm had phenominal sharpness and quality, but I sold to help pay for the 50 mm. I find the 50 mm large on my full frame camera for wideish family shots but also tight-enough portraits. The f/1.2 means it’s my best lens for ultra low light and sharpness is a little overwhelming. For me it is the perfect first lens./PPNow, there are many lenses from which to choose and that’s where you fine folks! If you are an excellent lens aficionado or even just a fan of a particular lens, join below and tell us what you have experience with prime lenses, and those are your Favorites!/P
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