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So it makes sense to buy a 35 mm lens, or any other single focal length’ standard’ lens, first and foremost reason is to make it even better.
Having a prime lenses can instantly elevate your photography
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The photographer and not the equipment make great photos. But at the same time, upgraded equipment allows you to take better photos than before. If not, no one would ever buy the better equipment.
This is perhaps never more true than with lenses, where an upgrade to a prime (whether 35 mm or otherwise) would usually see a bigger jump than you would get from switching to a newer camera but still using your own kit lens.
Kit lenses are designed to be a highly versatile jack-of-all-trades. This durability means that many people just stick with them. If not permanently, until they eventually discuss other possibilities.
This also means that kit lenses do not optically excel at any one aspect. Manufacturers have to worry about the zoom function, which means a compromise in the quality of the image.
As a prime lens has only one job–shooting at its single focal length–far more resources are put into the quality of the picture. It means that in your job you should assume more sharpness and fewer aberrations.
As we get into later, at the focal length of your prime lens you can also take advantage of wider apertures; be that 35 mm, 50 mm, or anything else.
So why 35mm lens?
There is certainly a lot to catch your eye in the sea of lens choices that are out there for your camera.
Wide-angle lenses, on the one hand, are perfect for landscapes. On the other hand, for sports or wildlife shooting, telephoto lenses are good to have.
There is also plenty to enjoy about a good 50 mm lens, as they are often very cheap, but offer plenty of flexibility for everything from portrait to macro work.
But there’s another lens, an old style you can find your camera bag to be a great addition:
the 35 mm.
Let’s go over some of the best reasons why a 35 mm lens is required.
1. The common lens type
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Viewing a scene through an ultra-wide-angle lens such as a 12 mm or a super-telephoto lens such as a 400 mm renders a scene foreign to the naked eye. We see a much broader viewing angle in the former; in the latter, a much narrower viewing angle.
But you get a picture with a 35 mm lens, which closely mimics what you see with your own eyes.
Think about it – on 35 mm film, several films are shot because it offers a familiar and realistic point of view to the viewer.
The same applies to portraits…</p>
In the images you make, a 35 mm prime lens like the Nikon Nikkor 35 mm f/1.4 G AF-S shown below will give you realistic-looking results.