In the past weeks, I have found myself posting zoom lenses without really knowing what their exact purpose in photography is. Then came the dreaded customer who actually asked me questions about zoom lenses.
After the initial shock of the question had passed and my quick guess work was done, I sat down behind a computer and began my research on zoom lenses.
Stop looking at me like you are a pro (unless you are) and join me in this journey to discover the beauty that is zoom lenses in photography.
Advantages Of Using A Zoom Lens In Photography
1. It is Convenient
Imagine having to carry all your prime lenses for a soot because you are uncertain of which one you would need to use at what time. Just the thought of it is enough to tire any photographer.
With a zoom lens, you can replace a collection of Prime Lenses. This means that you do not have to carry a lot of equipment on your shoot, saving you both time, space and energy.
2. It enhances your creativity
Zoom lenses make the process of taking a picture more creative. This is because a zoom lens allows you to compose and crop a scene in camera and experiment with different compositions. Zoom lenses let you compose and shoot quickly giving you ample time to set your shot and ‘create’ it how you had envisioned it.
This is something that you wouldn’t have the time to do using your regular prime lenses.
3. It is fast focusing
There is nothing as bad as missing an important moment in a shoot. This will make you lose credibility with clients and in worse case scenarios, you could lose them completely.
Apart from that, there is the convenience of never having to switch lenses in the middle of a shoot ensuring that you never miss any of the important moments of the event that you are covering.
According to Peter Khago, a seasoned photographer and vendor of cameras and all their accessories, photography is wide and the use of a zoom lens usually enables the photographer to be more creative and innovative on a shoot.
He reiterates that the type of zoom lens you choose will largely depend on the kind of shoot you are going for.