Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?

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If you buy an SLR camera, you can spend a while with the considerable effort before you think about using the capabilities of these camera types to change the lenses.

Then questions like the following appear: Which one should I buy? In which focal point do I think? Should I choose a fixed focal length or a zoom lens? Very bright ? Macro?

It can be ridiculous to decide on a fixed focal lens in terms of whether to fix or zoom, as this is a much less versatile lens. Today, though, I’ll show you how acquiring a fixed-focus lens can be a great idea to become the first lens-free lens to attach to your brand new SLR camera.

Discovering the Potential of Fixed Focal Points

Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?
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How is it possible that a lens with a single focal point is a better alternative than another one that, in addition to the focal one, offers the photographer the possibility of selecting others?

This question that initially may seem absurd we will answer with a series of fundamental aspects about the lenses of fixed focus that we will see next.

Specifically, we are going to talk about one of the most popular lenses and that for a long time it was the objective that the analog cameras brought by default . The normal lens or, as it is known in English, ‘standard lens’ .

Normal lens ( Standard Lens )

Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?
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It is a classic lens and is known among photographers whose focal point is 50 mm.

It offers a vision identical to that of the human eye, so that distances between objects such as telephoto lenses are not compressed or extended like angular lenses.

Of course, when we say 50mm we are talking about cameras with a 35mm sensor (full frame). In other words, if you have a Canon APS-C or Nikon DX, you will need to consider the multiplier factor of the sensors of these cameras, which will require you to focus on focal lengths between 28-35mm.

Now that we know what kind of fix-focus targets are, let’s look at the benefits of choosing those goals for our next purchase.

# 1 “Normal” Images and Much More Light for Your Sensor

Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?
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We have already said, these lenses receive this name because they offer the photographer the possibility of capturing an image in a similar way to how the human eye would capture it .

If you are looking for effects at the perspective level, this objective is not the one you should use. Since it is limited to show reality as it is seen by the human eye. No more no less.

Of course, you can vary the depth of field at your whim, because they tend to be quite bright lenses.

Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?
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Its lower number of crystals and its greater ease of construction mean that the fixed focal length lenses offer maximum openings much higher than those offered by zoom lenses.

In front of maximum apertures of f / 4, which allow most kit zooms when you have set your focus at the 28-30mm position, the fixed focal length lenses can reach maximum apertures of f / 2, f / 1.8, and even f / 1.4 .

Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?
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What do we want that for? Well to achieve beautiful bokehs , to reduce the ISO sensitivity as much as possible. In short, so that the absence of much light is not a limitation of each shot.

# 2 Lightweight, Discreet and Great Quality

Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?
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It is a fabulous goal to accompany you in your backpack in all your outings .

Why? Well, because the minor difficulties involved in its construction make them light targets, small in size and very simple.

Of course, the simplicity and small size do not mean that the quality offered by these objectives should be underestimated.

Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?
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If you can focus solely on providing good results for a single focus, they become goals whose clarity sets them apart from others.

Not to mention the numerous types of aberrations (chromatic, geometric, etc.) that occur in the vast majority of zooms and whose appearance is minimal on fixed focal length lenses.

# 3 Will Make You A Better Photographer

Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?
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When you incorporate this type of lens into your camera, you need to “move” more to take pictures, limit your compositional skills, and prepare more photos.

This undoubtedly makes each photograph something special and avoids the gentrification that the photographer creates by being able to fill in the frame of each photograph simply by varying the zoom position.

Believe me, you will think much more about photos and take into account elements that you have avoided with your zoom lens.

Do you want to try it? Try to Keep the Zoom from Your Stationary Target

Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?
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Do you want to experience what you feel about any of these goals before you decide to pay the money you have earned?

Then attach the zoom lens to your camera and keep the value of the focal length unchanged at a value that matches the focal length of the lens you would buy.Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?

It’s true you will not have the greater clarity and luminosity we’ve talked about, but you can at least prove what it feels without being able to change the position of the zoom.

It stays that way for a period of time (several weeks or multiple photo shoots) and if you like the experience, why not buy your own fixed focal length lens and have all the possibilities that such a lens offers?

Are you already determined and would like us to give you an example of these types of goals? Okay, then I’ll tell you three goals of this kind. Watch out!

3 Normal Objectives As an Example

Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?

Of course, they are not the best or the only ones. They are, simply, three objectives of this type. They will serve as a starting point if, finally, you decide to acquire yours.

  • Canon EF 28mm f / 2.8
  • Nikon 35mm f / 1.8G AF-S DX
  • Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

In the case of the first two, they are fairly affordable targets and would be excellent alternatives. The Sigma is a superior option with an improved focus mechanism and a larger aperture. It’s also logical, with higher costs.

In any case, these are just examples. When you decide to buy, I recommend you first “comb” the market until you have found the most suitable target for your budget and needs and, of course, that you are compatible with your camera.

Your Next Lens: Why Not a Fixed Focal Length Lens?
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What about you? Have you acquired your “normal” goal? Do you have any recommendation, advice, reflection on this? Questions or questions about a possible purchase? Do you tell us?

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