Flickr-user "djotai" made this image using a zoom lens.
4. Zooming is Slower One of the best and worst things to happen to photographers was the zoom lens. Best, because zooms let you change focal lengths without changing lenses. Worst, because they make you forget you have feet. If you stay in the same spot and hold the camera in the same position, you can zoom in and out as much as you want, but you won’t alter the perspective. For different perspective, you have to move.
Zooms have another drawback: They typically admit less light (are “slower”) than prime lenses. The longer the zoom range, the slower they can be. And those that are relatively fast (i.e., f/2.8) tend to be pricey.
TIP: When you take a shot with a zoom set to a long focal length, move yourself closer to the subject, if you can, to take another shot at a wider setting. It will give you a whole different perspective.