Camera Lenses Explained: how to get sharp photos using prime lenses

Camera Lenses Explained: how to get sharp photos using prime lenses

In the second part of our Shoot Like A Pro Series on how to get the sharpest photos possible with your camera’s lenses, we turn our attention to prime lenses. In this post we explain why you might wish to swap the convenience of a zoom lens for the speed and quality of a prime lens to drastically improve the quality of your photos.

9 things you should know about using prime lenses

Using prime lenses: Sigma 14mm

Zoom lenses are undeniably great when it comes to convenience and versatility, delivering a wide range of focal lengths at the flick of a wrist. However, they demand a compromise in terms of outright image quality. With complex arrangements of large groups of lens elements moving back and forth to enable zoom, the optical purity suffers.

Sharpness is often the first casualty, and barrel and pin-cushion distortions often appear at the wide-angle and telephoto ends of the zoom range respectively.

Choosing a lens

Choosing a lens

One of the main reasons for getting an SLR is the ability to change lenses. Here are the main points to consider when buying a new lens for your camera

Superzoom lenses group test

Superzoom lenses have been around for decades, but historically, these 28-200mm or 28-300mm beasts have been fraught with compromises.