Prime lenses are fixed-focal length lenses that don’t zoom. While most of the photos I post here on the blog are taken with wide angle lenses, I also really enjoy using prime lenses in the parks for the way they can isolate a subject and for their overall sharpness. Prime lenses are great “storytelling” lenses, and at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, there’s always a story to be told!
The purpose of this post is to give you some ideas for ways to use prime lenses in the Disney theme parks, along with some of my thoughts as to why I used a particular lens for the shot.
What this post isn’t about is gear, but I do want to touch upon it briefly. There are tons of prime lenses, but the two mentioned here most frequently are the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (this lens is currently $200 off on Amazon, which is a STEAL for it!) for crop sensor photographers (most of you) and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for full frame photographers (click on either of those to read my reviews of them). Those are my top picks for prime lenses, but each carry expensive price tags. A more cost-effective alternative is the 50mm f/1.8 made by just about every manufacturer. The Canon and Nikon versions of this lens are about $100. Not too shabby for a great-performing lens.
Okay, now that we have that shop talk out of the way, let’s look at how prime lenses can be useful in the Disney theme parks! (more…)