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Kylie Jones

Photography Manager

Kylie worked for Londolozi from 2017 until 2021. Being someone who loves the bush, people and photography Kylie has found her way to her dream job in the Londolozi Studio. Despite completing her Humanities Degree, she felt unsatisfied and found herself drawn to ...

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on Prime Lens vs Zoom Lens: Which is Better?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Great blog again Kylie. Love it when I learn something.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Kylie you wrote a very informative piece with clarity along with good examples. I’m sure your article helped someone who didn’t completely understand their equipment or possible future options.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Er Nikon lenses on Canon bodies?

James Tyrrell

Hi Ian,

Haha, apologies, it was meant to read as Nikon D750. Changed forthwith!

Best regards

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Morning Kylie

In my photography critique group, we often discuss this issue of lenses. Two of us have 50mm Nikon prime at 1.4 and I have a 105 mm macro 2.8 as well. I do think a bit is lost with a zoom, especially at the full out range, but as you state, unless you can physically move closer to your subject, especially in the bush, that’s what you get. My Nikon 70-200mm did a great job last year whilst in Africa and I never used my 24-70, so…….. good for thought.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Thanks Kylie–very informative.
This has helped this inexperienced photographer understand some differences, particularly with lighting, from each lens and subsequently the differing results when I’ve used both types of lenses.

Cameron James

I rented a Nikon 80-400 from your studio last winter. Sean was super helpful in teaching me how to use it. Ultimately, I was so pleased with the results, I bought one for myself!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Very interesting article. I use zoom lenses myself but they really struggle in low light. Very interesting to see the contrast with a prime lens

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Thanks Kylie! We are still in love with our Canon 70-200 and 100-400 II, but will try a fixed lens on our next visit!

Jacobus Dewet

Good blog like all. There are a few zoom lenses with f2.8 and f4 fixed f stops. They therefore perform the same in low light compared to the f2.8 and f4 primes used by wildlife and sport photographers. The Sigma 120-300f2.8 Sport is such a lens and have the IQ of a prime and the f stop. Great team and always great read.

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