While doing research using RSS Feeds, I found an article on a blog I subscribe to all about which lenses to buy for your camera. The article ‘Which…lenses to buy?’ is a great article explaining all about the different lenses what the advantages are for each type as well as the disadvantages. The article goes through a lot but I will focus on what it said about the differences between prime lenses and zoom lenses.
Prime lenses, according to the article, are usually higher quality lenses but you lose the ability to zoom. The biggest benefit of prime lenses are they are better in low light conditions, unless you want to spend a lot of money for a zoom lens which has a lower aperture. I was looking around at different lenses and I found a Canon lens with an aperture of 1.8 which is still pretty good and it is priced just over $100. If you are looking for a good cheap lens for low light this is definetly worth checking out.
Zoom lenses are great ‘run and gun’ lenses. The only problem is, the lenses get really expensive really quickly. There are of course the cheap kit lenses but it is important to know that it is usually not worth buying them because they are usually pretty poor quality and really bad in low light. For a decent zoom lens you are probably looking at a minimum $600 to $800. I have a Canon 17-55mm 2.8 and from all the experience I have had with I can say it is a great lens.
People often do not realize that you can spend thousands of dollars on a camera but if you only purchase a low quality lens the money you spent on the camera becomes rather pointless. “It is the glass that is your investment, NOT the camera”
I was searching through YouTube for any videos on lenses and found a great video from Corridor Digitals second channel, Sam and Niko check it out: