I love a great zoom lens because of it’s versatility in that they reduce weight and expense but you’ll notice that when you don’t use one, the barrier that once prevented you from thinking photographically is suddenly gone. It’s an interesting exercise to adapt your vision to the limitations of a prime lens because you begin paying closer attention to how you compose a photograph rather than just choosing to zoom in and out.
Every photographer should own at least one prime lens. The most inexpensive one I added to my collection was the Nikon 50mm f/1.8. Recently I sold the Canon G11 and invested on the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 which I haven’t had as much time as I would like to experiment with it but suffice to say that the results from a few photographs taken with it have been phenomenal.
The most striking feature about this lens and the true selling point are it’s results. They’re flattering in that it’s wide aperture gives you that narrow depth of field which beautifully isolates the subject from the background. I didn’t do any research in deciding whether I wanted the f/1.4 version instead because I couldn’t justify dishing the extra $750 for it especially since I snagged the f/1.8 in mint condition for $300 on Craigslist.
For this photograph, I strolled to the end of my block and caught sight of this isolated and rare Ford car which are the type you would see cops use back in the 90’s in New York.