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Canon Fixed/Prime Camera Lens

Canon fixed and prime camera lenses allow you to pair your camera with a lens that will help boost its feature-set and take many different types of photos, whether you are in regular or low-light conditions. These lenses are compatible with a wide array of different Canon mounts, including the EF, EF-S, FD, and EOS series of mounts. These lenses can be combined with many types of Canon cameras as well, including camcorders, rangefinders, and DSLR devices.

What are prime camera lenses for Canon?

In photography, a prime lens or fixed lens can be one of two things: either a lens with a focal length that's entirely fixed or the primary lens in a system that makes use of two lenses. A prime lens is known to offer good clarity with low amounts of vignetting and distortion. These particular types of lenses are also known to be very fast due to their large apertures, providing rapid shutter speeds that will let you take photos with your full-frame camera that involve any kind of motion. Since a prime lens has very few moving parts, the lens itself is typically lightweight and compact.

What do the different focal lengths mean in a lens?

When you're choosing between the many different Canon lenses at your disposal, you'll notice that there is a wide range of focal lengths to select from. With a prime lens, there is only one focal length per lens. The type you choose largely depends on which type of photography you enjoy shooting and the image quality.

  • 28mm or lower: These lenses are considered to be wide-angle, which is mainly used for interiors and landscapes due to the ability to get a substantial amount of space into one photo.
  • 35 to 85mm: These are considered standard lens sizes and are mainly used for portraiture as the large aperture in this range allows you to blur the background to enhance the portrait more effectively.
  • 100 to 300mm: These lenses are referred to as telephoto and are used primarily for portraits, sports, and active situations. Any length above 300 is known as super telephoto. A lens with this length is typically associated with wildlife, sports, and action photos, as blur is heavily reduced when an object is moving.
What are the differences between manual and autofocus lenses?

When you're selecting a Canon fixed or prime lens, the options available to you are divided into manual or autofocus lenses, although many offer a combination of the two. Most Canon lenses offer both manual and autofocus options to allow photographers to use different modes for different shooting situations.

  • Manual focus lenses allow you to adjust the focus of the lens by hand. Those who wish to have full control over their photos tend to use a manual lens.
  • Autofocus systems include a small motor in the prime lens that automatically adjusts the focus to the situation.