Camera lenses are an integral part of the entire repertoire of a photographer. It is almost impossible to think about the existence of a photographer without the inclusion of a camera lens. Prime lenses are one such variant which gives them a definite and clear purpose to click some of the finest photos.
There are generally two types of camera lenses if we take the ability to zoom either way. These are bound, literally, by the parameters they are manufactured on. The two types of lenses are:
- Zoom Lenses
- Prime Lenses
Zoom lenses can be regarded as the most common camera lenses that everyone uses. These lenses, as their name says, are helpful in going, either way, to target the image rather sharply. Zoom lenses are helpful in capturing some of the images that a normal human isn’t able to see at such distances.
There are two types of zoom as far as cameras are concerned. Based on the principle behind these lenses, the types are:
- Optical Zoom
- Digital Zoom
Optical Zoom can be considered as the true zoom of a camera or a lens. This type of zoom will help to magnify the image on the image sensor with the change in focal length. With the subtle change in focal length and a fixed distance between the lens and the image sensor, the image looks magnified.
When it comes to Digital Zoom, it is a bit tricky. Considerably an affordable option, it doesn’t the right meaning of zoom. Instead, in digital zoom, the image is cropped to the extent it is shown. This will lead to a loss in image quality and it won’t give complete satisfaction.
As far as types of Zoom lenses are concerned, those are:
- Macro Lens
- Wide Angle Lens
- Telephoto Lens etc.
Prime Lenses in a Nutshell
Prime lenses, on the other hand, have a fixed focal length and are generally synonymous of amazing image quality and sharpness. The prime lenses have a maximum aperture from f2.8 to f1.2. There are many brands that manufacture the same such as:
- Tamron Lenses
- Canon Lenses
- Nikon Lenses
- Sony Lenses
- Sigma Lenses etc.
Now, it is not necessary that prime lenses are great for portraits only. The many variants of camera lenses can be prime as well, such as a Telephoto Prime, which has a fixed focal length but incredibly massive.
In such a way, Tamron lenses have proved to be an able competitor in the market. The 5 best prime lens variants among the plethora of Tamron lenses available are as follows:
- Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Canon
- Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD Nikon
- Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD Nikon
- Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Nikon
- Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO Canon
Have you used any prime lens mentioned above? Let us know in the comments section about your experience.