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Prime or Zoom Photography Lenses?

Model Sheila, featured in my third book on posing.

Model Sheila, featured in my third book on posing.

Often I’m asked, “What lens do you prefer to use, a prime or zoom?” My response is usually the lens that best suits my needs, however, I prefer prime lenses. A prime lens is a fixed-focal length lens, usually with less elements inside as it only serves one magnification unlike a zoom lens that reminds me of a 3-in-1 copy, fax, scan and makes coffee for you office machine.

Like a zoom lens, the latter machine has to sacrifice somewhere to provide a variety or diversity of its use, prime lens come with no real sacrifice physically and only require that from the photographer and no photographer should ever complain about moving around their subject for the best image. [Read more…]