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Prime lenses are those that have a single focal length.

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Why buy prime super telephoto lenses instead of zoom super telephoto lenses?

35mm and 50mm primes make perfect sense to me: sharper images, simple operation, and framing can usually be handled by taking a few steps forwards and backwards. I'm struggling to see how one would ...
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Can I work with ONLY a single fixed focal length lens?

I am on the edge of investing in the Sony a6000. The reason I keep straying away is the fact that people seem to hate the kit lens. I can't afford much more than either the kit lens or the body and a ...
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What are all the types of lenses? [closed]

I see different types of lens in the market like prime, zoom, telephoto and macro. I'm not sure how many such types really exists and the functions/features of each. Can someone share an explanation ...
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prime vs zoom lens with same aperture [duplicate]

I was wondering why we need wide angle prime lenses for landscape photography. I have a 18-140mm lens. When I am shooting landscapes I am at f/16, so why would I need a prime lenses like a 24mm f/1.8 ...
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What would be a better lens, 40 or 50mm prime, for walk around?

I have a Canon t5i body, an 18-33 EFS wide angle lens, a 70-300mm EF telephoto lens, and the kit lens that came with the body. I am still building my lens collection and am looking for something of ...
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Should I change a 18-55 IS STM kit lens for a EF-S 24/2.8 STM prime?

I have a Canon 700D body with a standard 18-55 IS STM lens. Would I notice any improvements in image quality if I switch from the kit lens to an EF-S 24 mm 2.8 prime? I also have a 50 mm 1.8 STM, and ...
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35mm DX prime lense on dx crop sensor(nikon d3300) [duplicate]

I have Nikon D3300 DSLR. I'm confused with 35mm and 50mm prime lenses on FX and DX cameras. Somewhere I read that if a 35mm prime lens is used on a FX camera the focal length is equivalent to around ...
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Why would a full frame prime lens be less effective on a Nikon d5300?

I've seen many reviews that say Nikon FX lenses like the Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G or Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G have great sharpness and bokeh and of course work on Nikon APS-C sensor cameras like my D5300. But ...
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Which one is better for outdoor portraits Nikon DX NIKKOR 55-200MM F/4-5.6G VRII or 35mm f1.8? [duplicate]

Which one will give me more intense background blur with sharp foreground subject?
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Manual focus prime lenses for Canon 60D [closed]

So I was hoping I could get some specific advice or tips for good quality & cheap (up to 200€) used vintage (1960-90's) manual focus prime lenses that are adaptable to Canons EF-S mount. I am ...
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Will a 14mm f/2.8 prime be useful for nearby action shots?

I am a novice amateur photographer. My only equipment right now is my Sony Nex 3N and the kit 18-55mm zoom. I had been hesitant to sink much money into lenses when I realized that building up a lens ...
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Is a fixed length macro lens better at some tasks than a non-macro lens of the same focal length?

I'm considering getting a 35mm prime lens to augment my current lenses. I'm not looking for a zoom. I can get an f2.8 macro, now, or special order an f2 non-macro lens. Both are roughly the same ...
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How do the Sigma 35mm and 50mm Art primes compare to the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8? [closed]

I shoot people portraits, couple engagement sessions and children (specially my own 1.5 years old). Locations are 70% outdoor green parks or urban settings, 25% indoor in my home and just 5% scenic ...
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Focus issues with my Nikon 5100 camera (35 mm 1.8 lens)

My pictures no longer seem to be sharp. I generally use meter to select focus point and use manual settings to click pictures. Since some time i noticed this change. Could this be an issue with my ...
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Nikon 50mm or 35mm prime for a D5200? [duplicate]

I have Nikon d5200 and a kit lens(18-55). I want to buy a prime lens but confused between 50 mm and 35 mm. Need help and suggestion.
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35mm prime lens — photo taken is not sharp in manual focus mode [closed]

I bought a 35mm 1.8 Nikon lens and am using this lens with D3200. I placed a ball on the floor and some 100 cm from the lens. I set the lens to Manual mode and aperture to 1.8, in Aperture Priority ...
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How does the sharpness of telephoto primes compare to telephoto zoom?

Context I've looked at longer primes from Nikon 200mm/2, 400mm/2.8, etc but I've also seen Telezooms such as the Sigma 150-500 and Tamron 150-600. I know that primes are usually sharper than their ...
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Do I have to buy a 35/1.8 to get background blur or can I use the kit lens? [duplicate]

I have a Nikkon D3200 and it comes with a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Auto Focus-S DX VR NIKKOR Zoom Lens. I read that before I purchase a 35mm prime lens, I should set my lens to 35mm and then take pictures ...
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Nikon 50mm 1.8g or 35mm 1.8g? [duplicate]

I'm Nikon D5500+18-55 f/3.5-5.6g dx vr ii user,now I want to buy a prime lens for better image quality and for low light situation,as well as shallow depth of field. but which should I choose,50mm ...
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What aspects are important in a lens for candid shooting in ambient light indoors?

I have solid lenses for my 7D for outdoor photography, but now I want to venture indoors. Closer focal distance, Potentially less light. What are the key artistes of a lens that I should look for? ...
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Is there a significant advantage to more expensive 50mm prime lenses? [duplicate]

I own a Nikon D3200 and I want to buy a 50mm Prime Lens. But this question is not general about Nikon. Some other brands released their own premium 50mm lenses and they are up to 5x as expensive ...
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Are prime lenses sharp across the whole frame while zoom lenses are soft in the corners?

Somebody told me that there is a difference in sharpness between a zoom lens vs. prime lens. A 58-200mm will give sharp focus in the center of the frame but blurry performance at the corners, while ...
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Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM vs Canon 50mm f/1.8 II?

What are difference between canon 50 mm f/1.8 STM vs canon 50 mm f/1.8 II ? which is better to buy?
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What difference is there between the 50mm in a zoom lens, a 50mm prime lens, and a 50mm macro?

I would like to know the differences between: 50mm prime lens 50mm in a zoom lens 50mm macro lens
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First prime lens for newbie Canon 600D? [duplicate]

I'm looking to buy a prime lens, and not sure which to get, for the price range I'm looking at (about £75) I can find these two: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Ikinda ...
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What are the benefits or disadvantages of a prime wide-angle lens for landscape photography?

I have a Nikon D7000 and currently use a 50mm prime lens for most of my photography. I love using a prime/fixed lens but I am considering the addition of a wide-angle lens for landscape photography. ...
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How do prime lens allow variance of focal length when focusing? [duplicate]

If the definition of prime lens says that their focal length is fixed, then how come you can still alter the focal length when focusing? (either MF or AF)
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Get Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 to replace 35mm Prime? [duplicate]

How does the quality and sharpness of image compare between the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS and the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM ? I currently have the 35mm Prime, but was thinking of getting the ...
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Is it normal for a fast prime to exhibit purple fringing in middle of the image?

I have just bought a Nikon 50mm f/1.8D prime lens. I took this picture (leg of my glasses frame on a mouse, and a LED desk lamp is on top of it) : f1.8, 1/80s, ISO 200 The purple fringing is right ...
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What criteria to consider to match cameras and lenses for shooting people at parties?

I normally don't like shooting people that much, because I like to experiment with settings, lenses etc. to get a result that I like, so it helps when the subject doesn't move (Mountains and buildings ...
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What to gain from using a Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G instead of a AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G

After debating the old age 50mm vs 35mm, I have opted to go for a 35mm. I have a Nikon D3200 with a Yongnuo Flash, and just acquired a Nikon SB-600. I shoot two things: clubs/nightlife and weddings ...
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What are the pros and cons of constant-aperture zoom lenses, for a relative beginner?

I use a Sony NEX-5R, and I bought the Sony 18-105 F4 constant-aperture lens. I'm aware that the constant-aperture F4 gathers more light than, say a F3.5 - 5.6, and it gives you more control over the ...
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Why doesn't an f/1.8 lens result in a lower ISO than an f/2.8 lens?

When I bought my Sony NEX-5R, I had a choice of an f/1.8 or an f/2.8 lens (both are prime, normal lenses). I was told the 1.8 will work better for low-light photography since it will let in lot more ...
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Does manual focus carry over to a different aperture, lens or focal length?

This is in the manual focus mode. If I focus my lens so that a certain object is clear and crisp, and then do one of the following, will I have to focus again? Change the aperture Switch to a ...
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35mm vs 40mm: Does it matter?

I want to buy the lens Voigtlander Nokton 40mm F1.4, $449 Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.4, $629 I am asking, why the slightly difference in focal length, the price difference in so much as $180? ...
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What justifies the double price of zoom lenses?

When I read the pros and cons of these two type of lenses, the lists looks like this: Pros of prime: Sharper images Lightweight Cheaper Bigger aperture (shallow dof, better in low light) Even ...
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Other than speed and weight, what advantages might a prime lens have over a zoom at the same focal length?

At the same focal length, apart from speed and maybe weight, what other advantages does a prime lens like the 50mm have over a zoom lens like the 24 - 70mm? To put it better, If I set my 24-70mm lens ...
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What are the distinquishing features of 50mm prime lenses for Sony?

I have a Sony SLT A58 and the standard 18-55mm zoom, and am thinking to go for a 50mm prime — but I am not sure which is the best one for me. Are there other manufacturers besides Sony which develop ...
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Nikon 300mm autofocus makes noise and stops working temporarily

I have a Nikon D5100 and a used Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/2.8D IF-ED II, where the two usually work great together. However, if I use autofocus a few times in a row (usually when the change in focus ...
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How do I compose photos with prime lenses?

I own a Sony NEX-5R, with two prime lenses: 19mm F2.8 Sigma, and 35mm F1.8 Sony. How do I best compose photos with prime lenses like these? I can think of a few: Walk towards or away from the ...
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Am I correct that photos from the 16-50 lens won't be much better than cropping photos from the 35mm prime?

I own a Sony NEX-5R, with the Sony 35mm F1.8 prime and the Sigma 19mm F2.8 prime. I'm deciding whether to buy the Sony 16-50 power zoom. To make that decision, I need to decide whether cropping the ...
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How do I compare two prime lenses of different focal lengths?

I have a Sony NEX-5R with two prime lenses: 19mm F2.8 Sigma, and 35mm F1.8 Sony. I'd like to compare these two lenses to see why the second lens cost me more than twice the first, what the differences ...
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Is it convenient to build a collection of prime lenses and forgo a zoom entirely? [duplicate]

I use a Sony NEX-5R, with a couple of prime lenses (19mm F2.8 Sigma and 28mm F1.8 Sony). I am trying to decide whether I should buy a longer prime lens, like the 60mm Sigma, or buy a zoom lens ...
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Should I postpone buying a zoom lens until I've learned to zoom with my feet?

After several years of shooting with my point-and-shoot, I upgraded to an NEX-5R, with two prime lenses — a 35mm f/1.8 and a 19mm f/2.8. I don't have a zoom lens, not even the kit lens. I've been ...
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Canon Prime Lens for Fashion Street Photography (Full Frame) [duplicate]

I shoot mainly Street Fashion and need something with fast focus, large aperture and small to carry with me. I've narrowed down my options to 35L vs 50L. I am wondering since the 50L can be used ...
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How would Yashica M lenses compare with modern Canon lenses in terms of image quality?

I’ve come across an interesting offer where I can get the following for just $90 bucks: 1.Yashica ML 28mm f2.8 2.Yashica 50mm f1.9 3.Yashica 135mm f2.8 4.Yashica to Canon EOS Adapter Now let’s ...
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Why are 50mm no longer the default kit lens for prosumer SLRs?

Every time someone asks me for a kit recommendation I point them towards some sort of prime lens with a standard focal length. Similarly, almost anyone I talk to about the ideal budget kit swears that ...
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To buy 50mm or 35mm prime lens [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses. I am planning to buy 50mm f1.8G lens for which I've checked reviews and they were pretty great. I came in here and browsed through other similar ...
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Is 24mm F/1.8 Prime lens blur bokeh is good (not distorted face) for portraits

I want to buy and do a photos+video interview with Sigma F/1.8 24mm Fixed Prime. I did profile photos/interviews with my Sigma 85mm F/1.4 on My Sony A77 APS-C camera. I used to use F/1.7-F/2 as a ...
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Is it the same if you take a picture by setting 50mm in a 18-55mm lens and by using a 50mm prime lens?

Is it the same if you take a picture setting 50mm with a 18-55mm lens and a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens? Assuming that ISO, aperture, and shutter speed are the same, will both the lens give same results? I ...