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.