I absolutely LOVE shooting with prime lenses. But it hasn’t always been that way. I still very clearly remember purchasing my first ever prime lens. This was back when I was in college, and I had just purchased a new camera, the Canon 60D. I was ROCKING the kit lens and thought it was super awesome. I was still pretty new to photography and didn’t really understand the impact your lens has on your image quality. I sort of just assumed that all lenses were the same and that the lens that came with the camera was “fine”.
Well, around this same time I started getting into YouTube and was spending HOURS researching and learning all I could about weddings and photography. This was probably a month before my first EVER wedding and I had NO idea what I was doing. I was LITERALLY trying to learn how to shoot a wedding through YouTube.
I stumbled upon a video by Canadian photographer named Tyler Stalman talking all about 50mm lenses. He explained the benefits of prime lenses and how important it was to have good glass on your camera. He gave the great advice that purchasing a super cheap 50mm 1.8 lens was one of the best ways to learn photography. I was convinced!
I was on vacation with my family at the time, and it just so happened that my Dad handed my siblings and me all $100 to spend however we wanted. I think he intended for us to use the money to ride rides at the boardwalk and buy funnel cakes. Well, I pocketed the money and bought the Canon 50mm 1.8 lens off Amazon later that day.
It was my first ever prime lens. And it literally transformed my career. From that day forward, I fell in love with the look and aesthetic of prime lenses. I’ve shot primarily with primes ever since. In today’s video, I’m sharing my three favorite prime lenses, why I love them, and which lens I think YOU should invest in first! (If you were paying attention to the story, you can probably guess which lens I’m going to suggest ;) )
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