Wide angle lenses
Wide angle lenses are ideal for photographers who want to capture all of the scenery in front of them. These lenses can capture virtually everything that your eyes see in front of you – from the ground at your feet to that mountain in the distance. This is why they work well for landscape photographers who really want to draw the viewer into the photograph.They also work well for anyone who photograph indoors a lot, since you don’t have a lot of working room. Let’s say you want to photograph an entire room full of people – the only way to do it is to back into a corner and use the widest angle lens you can get.Wide angle lenses are not great for portraits because they distort facial features: the most noticeable problem is that they make noses look HUGE which is not terribly flattering for your subject, but a lot of fun.
Standard lenses are great for a wide range of photographic subjects, but excel at portraits.Lenses in the 50mm to 75mm range create natural-looking portraits without the facial distortion that you get using a wide angle lens. While you can certainly use lenses in this range for landscapes, the resulting photo just won’t have the same impact as it might with a wider view.
Telephoto lenses also work well for portraits but also cause some distortion: the longer the focal length of a lens, the more it compresses the visual space. This means that it’s harder to tell the distance between objects when you use a telephoto lens. Telephoto photos just have less depth and three-dimensionality than lenses with wider focal lengths. What are they really good at? Getting you up close and personal with subjects that are far away. This is why they are ideal for non-pro sporting events – you can stand on the sidelines, but still get a close-up of the game winning goal.
Super-Telephoto Lens Use
These lenses are almost exclusively the domain of professional photographers, and are extremely expensive. They are used by wildlife photographers, where getting up close is not an option. They are also the lenses you see at any professional sporting event: those massive ones that require daily strength training to tote around. A super-telephoto lens really compresses visual space, and requires a bit of skill and practice to use effectively to use effectively.
They’re High Quality
Ask any professional photographer about the benefit of a prime lens and the answer will be the same: it takes clearer photos. Since they don’t have a lot of moving parts like zooms, the glass inside of a prime lens is very precise. In the early days of zoom lenses, there was a big difference in quality. Today a high-end zoom can capture images that have the same quality as a prime. But there is a difference in cost. If you want to get a zoom lens that performs as well as a prime, you’re going to spend a lot of money. There for a lot of older zooms aren’t worth looking at when lens shopping. Older prime lenses on the other hand can be had for a good price and can still preform well. That said there are some older Minolta lenses that that have earnt the name classic over the years such as the “beercan, 70-210 mm f4”.