There are two general types of lenses: prime lenses and zoom lenses. What does it mean for a lens to be a prime lens? What other types of lenses could be considered a prime lens? In this movie, authors Richard Harrington and Jim Ball discuss what it means for a lens to be a prime lens and showcase a few examples.
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- Jim, we've gathered a great collection…of prime lenses for this class,…all sorts of manufacturers.…In front of you here,…we've got everything from…a very affordable micro four thirds lens…to some cinema lenses,…to even one that's modelled on…a classic old style lens here,…this Petzval lens here,…which is a crazy lens that's just actually…based on something that was made almost 150 years ago.…Prime lens technology has been around sort of the,…beginning of photography, right?…- That's right, well there were primes…before there were zooms.…
And that's just continued…and gotten refined over the years,…and with all the lenses out there,…it's just another choice along with zooms,…but the great equalizer of course is…some of these newer digital cameras,…and the mounts that come with them,…that allow you to just pick and choose whatever you want,…you can virtually put any lens on any camera these days.…- [Rich] Yeah, it's really come a long way.…And the thing to just sort of get it out there,…a prime lens is a lens that's a fixed single focal length,…
In this course, Rich Harrington joins cinematographer James Ball for a detailed look at the pros and cons of using prime lenses for both photography and video projects. Together, they look at practical implications of shooting with primes as well as creative opportunities and challenges.
- Understanding prime lenses
- Adapting lenses to specific cameras
- Identifying benefits and challenges when working with prime lenses
- Working with specialty prime lenses: macro and Lomography lenses
- Exploring options with a shallow depth of field
- Strategies for success with prime lenses