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Yongnuo prime lenses
Prime lenses are ones that have one focal length only, in contrast to a zoom lens that covers a wider range of focal lengths. Prime lenses come in a wide range of focal lengths from wide angles through to the very longest of telephoto lenses used by many sports photographers and paparazzi. While zoom lenses are ever popular and come as the standard kit lens with most DSLRs sold – prime lenses remain the favorite of many. The main reasons given by prime lens lovers are:
- Maximum Aperture – one of the biggest arguments used by prime lens lovers is the speed that prime lenses are able to offer. For example, in the Canon range the fastest lenses available are all prime lenses (down to f/1.2) where as in the zoom range f/2.8 is as fast as you’ll get.
- Quality – traditionally prime lenses are known for their advanced optics and quality. They generally have less moving parts and so manufacturers are able to concentrate their efforts on adding quality glass and mechanisms.
- Price – in general prime lenses are simpler in terms of construction and as a result they can be cheaper to buy
- Weight – once again, a simple lens with less moving parts can mean that in many cases prime lenses are smaller and lighter than zooms.