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Benefits of Prime and Zoom Lenses

Before deciding between a prime and zoom lens, it is important to understand the benefits of both to find the best fit for your needs.

A zoom lens comes with a range of focal lengths. This provides photographers with the versatility of having more than one focal length through the use of a single lens. NIKKOR lenses, such as the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, enable you to go from a relatively wide-angle to telephoto focal ranges, so you can capture your desired shot without having to change lenses. When using a zoom lens, you will also be able to frame your subject without having to change positions. Zoom lenses are versatile, convenient, and are ideal for capturing a variety of subjects without having to carry extra lenses.

Prime lenses have a single fixed focal length. This means that they have an angle of view that cannot be changed, resulting in lenses that are generally more compact and lightweight. Prime NIKKOR lenses like the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G and the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G have larger aperture openings, which allows more light to enter the lens. This makes it more possible to achieve sharp and crisp images even in low lighting conditions. Lenses with larger aperture openings are also able to produce a shallow depth of field and create gently blurred backgrounds, also known as ‘bokeh’ that helps to isolate your subject so that it stands out.

With the largest variety of lenses in the industry, you will be sure to find the right NIKKOR lens to match your needs.


Which NIKKOR Lens Type is Right for Your DSLR

Reading about all of the different lens types and abbreviations might be a bit overwhelming, so we'll try to simplify this as much as possible. You're interested in one of the latest NIKKOR lenses, but aren't sure if it will work with your camera. Well, there's an easy way to know—by checking the abbreviations that make up the name of each NIKKOR lens.

A Closer Look At NIKKOR Macro Lenses

Macro photography is one of the most interesting types of photography, as it lets you show detail that is otherwise not easily seen by the naked eye.


AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

The AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR is a versatile lens that is great for shooting from wide-angles to close-ups of your subjects. The built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) system compensates for camera shake, delivering superb sharpness even when shooting handheld.

AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Unleash your creativity with the lightweight and versatile AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. With a 10.7x zoom range, this lens is able to achieve sharp and details images of your subjects, even from a distance.

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

Designed for excellence, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G is ideal for portraits and general photography. Its maximum aperture of f/1.4 produces a smooth bokeh that beautifully isolates your subjects from the background.

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

A fast prime lens that excels at a wide range of photography styles, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G delivers superior images even in low lighting conditions. With a maximum aperture of f/1.4, you will be able to capture portraits with exquisite background blur that beautifully isolates your subjects.