In Praise of the Superzoom
When I started photographing in the mid-seventies, zoom lenses were rare, big, and expensive. My first SLR was a Konica, they had maybe thirty lenses, and three of them were zooms. What people tended to get was a 50mm lens, a 28mm, and a 135mm. Which was a good and handy range, and gave you good quality.
Prime lenses (fixed focal length, no zoom) still have many fans, for good reason. It is obvious that it is much easier to make a sharp and compact prime lens than it is to make a similarly good zoom which has to have twice as many elements. You'll never get the same quality for the same weight, size, and price.However times have changed. When Hasselblad made their very first zoom over twenty-five years ago, and people asked: "is it as sharp as the primes?" the answer was: "it can't be, obviously." But these days....
Posted by: EOLAKE STOBBLEHOUSE