Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Primes and zooms, part of Photography Foundations: Lenses.
Lenses come in two flavors: prime lenses, which have a single fixed focal…length, that means they have one field of view, and zoom lenses which have a…variable focal length.…So they have a field of view that can go from wide to more narrow.…For the most part a lens with a longer focal length will be physically longer. For example,…I've got this 400mm lens, which is as you would expect much longer than this 50mm lens.…Now I say for the most part, because zoom lenses can complicate things.…For example, I've got this 50mm lens here and then I've got this is a 16 to…35 millimeter zoom.…
It's much longer than the 50. That's because zoom lenses have complex mechanics…and sometimes require extra glass.…So even though this is ultimately a shorter focal length, it's a…physically longer lens.…With primes you'll sometimes find a kind of odd size variation.…For example, here is a 28mm lens and here is a different 50mm lens. The 28mm is…a shorter focal length, but in this case it's a physically larger lens.…
- Understanding field of view and camera position
- Depth of field and lens choice
- How to choose a lens
- Examining lens features
- Using specialized lenses such as fisheye and tilt/shift lenses
- Focusing techniques
- Using filters
- Camera maintenance
Skill Level Beginner
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2. What Is a Lens?
3. Focal Length, Camera Position, and Composition
4. Depth of Field
5. Choosing a Lens
6. Advanced Autofocus
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