Gary Voth: ‘Why You Should Ditch That Zoom for a Classic 50mm “Normal” Lens’

Gary Voth on why your first camera lens should be a normal prime, rather than the cheap kit zoom most consumer SLRs ship with:

Creating such images is nearly impossible with “slow” zoom lenses, which are harder to focus and inadequate for use indoors without flash. Nor can they easily render backgrounds out of focus. In fact, the technical limitations of these lenses tend to lead to the kind of snapshots that the photographer presumably bought an SLR to avoid.

(Via Coudal.)

Wednesday, 3 October 2007