What is a Prime Lens ?

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Ashish Kumar February 10, 2017

In film and photography, a prime lens is either a photographic lens whose focal length is fixed, as opposed to a zoom lens, or it is the primary lens in a combination lens system.

One interesting feature of Prime Lens is that it does not allow you to Zoom in or out while taking pictures this is because they have only 1 focal length. The most standard prime lens is the 50mm “normal lens.” Its focal length roughly matches where your eye focuses, giving you an image that’s fairly close to what’s in front of you. There are other prime lenses too that come in all sorts of different focal lengths.

People prefer using Prime Lens because of the following reasons :

  • We get higher quality images using Prime Lens.The image we get is much less distorted and more technically correct image when you shoot with a prime lens.
  • Prime Lens gives you a better aperture at a lower cost.
  • Maximum Aperture – The best part of Prime Lens is the speed that prime lenses are able to offer. For example, in the Canon range the fastest lenses available are all prime lenses (down to f/1.2) where as in the zoom range f/2.8 is as fast as you’ll get.
  • Price - The Prime Lens are simple in construction as a result they are cheaper in general cheaper in Price. But the price of these lens depends upon many factors.
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