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The philosophy of using prime lenses.

I previously did comparative tests prime lenses. Now I want to talk more about the sensations and perception of shooting with the use of such optics.

Higher contrast, richer and more vivid colors, beautiful bokeh, small weight and size are the clear advantages of prime lenses. But that's not all…

The inability to change the focal length in such optics is usually considered an inconvenience that you have to put up with for a better picture. Zoom lenses seem to be more convenient and multifunctional due to greater flexibility in building the composition of the frame. But this is actually deceiving. For example, when shooting indoors, you can get by with fixing 28mm or 35mm, and shoot whatever you want by zooming in or out from your subject.

After shooting with a zoom lens, try to see at what focal length you took most of the frames. Most often, the range is quite narrow. And the lack of zoom is easily compensated for by nimble feet.

The disadvantage of a variable focal lens is that it makes the photographer lazy.... A person does not need to move. The zoom will do everything for him.

If you have a fix in your hands, you need to immediately imagine the frame of the future frame even before looking through the viewfinder. Seeing in the imagination, which thus develops and trains, the future frame, you move to take a more comfortable position and do deliberate snapshot. And here is the key idea! Using prime lenses makes the whole process of shooting more deliberate and balanced. When working with a model on street photo shoot, I see a plus in the fact that you don't need to think about zooming. The frame is perceived as a picture with a fixed frame. Over time, this frame already appears in the head instantly. Thoughts are already focused exclusively on working with the model and choosing a good background. If you have a zoom, you will always be tempted to try twisting the zoom ring, which in fact only distracts from the creative process.

There are situations when zooms are irreplaceable and there is simply no alternative. These are situations when you are in a dense crowd of people, or there is a barrier between you and the subject that you cannot get around. For example, filming concerts... It is simply impossible to move in the crowd to make the shot better. Therefore, a zoom like 70-200 is just optimal. You can remove everything for one fix of course (85mm or 135mm), but then you have to spend a lot of time doing the subsequent cropping on the computer. But this is a specific task. In most situations, fixes can handle all the tasks a photographer faces. As a rule, there are always 7-10% of scenes when a different focal length is desperately needed and you may not have time to change optics. But this sacrifice is worth it.

As for framing and versatility ... here reportageshot exclusively at 35mm. A little post-processing and we end up with a very wide angle and close-ups and medium ones.

Read the continuation of this article in the following material: The philosophy of using prime lenses. Part 2.

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