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Why do people recommend 50mm or other prime lenses as starting lenses for learning photography?

I've seen quite a few people recommend the 50mm prime lenses, in particular the sub-$100 50mm/f1.8, as a starting lens for photographers (especially because they're likely to be using cameras with ...
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What is the definition of a “prime lens”?

There are many discussions of differences between prime, zoom and macro lenses. I have not heard about prime lenses until recently. Could someone explain what exactly a prime lens is? Is it ...
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Which prime lens for Pentax APS-C?

My girlfriend is buying a Pentax K-5 (I already have a Pentax DSLR so we thought it made sense for us to be able to share lenses), and she's not sure about which lens to get with it, so I've been ...
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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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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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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 should I buy as my first (and initially only) lens to go with a Canon 60D?

I was able to get a great deal on the Canon EOS 60D body and now I have to buy myself a suitable quality lens. Unfortunately my order was later revoked so no great deal for me. Will have to ...
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What lenses should a college photography club buy to go with an entry-level Nikon body?

We have a photography club in our college and I am the secy. Finally we got some budget approved and we are planning to buy some stuff for our club. I am thinking of buying a Nikon D3100 body. For ...
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Deciding between two lenses [closed]

With my budget and as it is my first lens and DSLR camera ever, I am looking at these two: Nikon 35mm f/1.8G ED AF-S FX NIKKOR Lens and Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S for my D-610 camera. I ...
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Trade Off / compromise to zoom lenses with longer focal ranges [duplicate]

I'm new here- looking for a community of folks to learn from. My love for photography was sparked on my honeymoon in Iceland last year. Now I can't get enough. My question to you is- what's the trade ...
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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 (...