Prime Lens Goodness

 Beach Scene | 28mm f/1.8 Canon Lens

Having always shot with a zoom lens, whether that is a kit lens or a purchased lens I've recently made the conscious decision that I want to move towards prime lenses with the trio of 28mm, 50mm & 100mm being the three that will form the backbone of my shooting for almost all occasions.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both, however the advantage to fast primes is their low light shooting ability coupled with their weight advantage.

Having unsuccessfully attempted to buy a Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 lens from eBay in mid June which never turned up, I finally tracked one down in time for our recent weekend break. Offering fantastic colour rendition, and super fast auto focus it's perfect for the crop sensor of my ageing 40d, and being an EF lens, if and when I get to move onto full frame it will move over to that perfectly as well.  In fact, some may argue it will work even more hand in glove with FF than it does with the crop sensor of the 40d.

Last weekend was the first time I could really actually get to play with it, and I have to say I'm really quite chuffed with it.  It's far more solidly built than my 50mm f/1.8 and focusses much more accurately and faster too.  It's sharp as well, at f/1.8 it's razor like and it just gets sharper and sharper as you open it out.

I can feel this will become a very popular lens on my camera body, albeit my go-to lens still is the nifty 50mm f/1.8.  I'm very much in two minds as to whether to change that for a Canon 50mm f/1.4 or the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 which has a reputation for producing fantastic images if you get a good copy - the problem is getting a good copy.

What with the 100mm f/2 which is a corker and the 28mm, I think I've finally settled on a pattern of lenses to see me through and hopefully will be the perfect option into full frame adventures sometime in the future!