So, what is a prime lens and what makes it so great?
A prime lens is the opposite of a zoom lens. It has a fixed-focal-length, while a zoom lens has a variable focal length. It sounds like the prime lens is more difficult to shoot with since you can’t zoom in and out all the time. It actually makes you think a lot of the photos you’re taking because you have to move around so much. If you want a close up you go close. If you want a wider angle you walk further away. There are a lot of advantages in those lovely little lenses and comparing to the kit lenses that come with the camera they simply rock. Here are some examples:
Better image quality
These lenses are surprisingly cheep.
Wide maximum apertures
For me this is the most exciting aspect of 50mm primes (indeed, any prime lens). If you have a kit lens the long end (around 55mm) has an aperture of f5.6 or
thereabouts. A prime 50mm lens has an aperture of f1.8 or wider. That’s over three stops. It makes a difference when shooting in low light as you can open up the lens rather than increasing ISO. It also helps you take photos with shallow depth-of-field.
Once you have a prime lense you have to learn how to use it. Here are some things I use my 50mm for:
Good luck with your prime lens! And remember to have fun shooting with it!