Prime vs. Zoom Lenses
“Hey Joe, we know you like to shoot Nikon, but some of your lenses are zooms and some are prime. Which do you prefer?” In the photograph above there is a 300mm f/4.0 on the right and an 80~200 f/2.8 on the left. Both are incredibly great pieces of glass and serve their own respective purposes. I have had them for years! If you read my last blog you saw that I have been a NIkon shooter for many years. So most of my glass is Nikon.
The point is that lenses, like cameras are a very personal decision based upon the way you shoot. I always shoot with 2 cameras, and usually have the 80~200 on one camera and the 17~55 f/2.8 on the other. This allows me to switch quickly between the two bodies/lenses and capture what I want without having to change lenses. Because I shoot with zooms i can also frame and compose in the camera without moving too much.
“So, Joe, are zoom lenses better than prime lenses?” Prime lenses used to be better in construction and results. With current technologies and advancements, the quality of zoom lenses is incredible. But again it is a very personal preference. For me, it’s zoom lenses with a couple of primes to round it all out. Also a shoutout to B&H Photo in New York – I’ve been buying there for over 20 years and enjoying stopping in to see friends when I am in town!
Whatever you pick, Happy Shooting!