Prime or Zoom Lenses

There are two types of lenses: prime and zoom. A prime lens has a fixed focal length like a 10.5 mm fisheye or a 50 mm macro. A zoom lens has a range of focal lengths, i.e a 12 mm—24 mm or 17 mm—35 mm. In the past a prime lens was always optically superior to a zoom but this is no longer the case. The advanced improvement in lens design has elevated zoom lenses into the same class and it's difficult to tell the difference in optical qualtity when two similar lenses, zoom and prime, are compared side by side.

FIG. 1.65 Nikon's AF-S 14-24 mm F2.8G ED zoom which offers a wide field of view on the FX (full frame) format for cameras such as the Nikon D700, D3 and the D3X.

FIG. 1.65 Nikon's AF-S 14-24 mm F2.8G ED zoom which offers a wide field of view on the FX (full frame) format for cameras such as the Nikon D700, D3 and the D3X.

For an in-depth review of lens performance, both prime and zoom, go to http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/

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