I'm looking at getting my first prime lens for my mirrorless camera.
What is a prime lens? in a nutshell (no nuts included), it's a lens with a fixed focal length. It can't zoom in or out. This is good because the optics inside the lens are more specific for that focal length.
Why do I want a prime? Even though it doesn't zoom, it has more flexibility than a regular zoom lens. There's more range in aperture and I like the idea of not being able to zoom because I like getting in close to what I'm shooting. Compose with my feet.
So I'm tossed between two lenses.
Option 1. The fully automatic lens built for my camera. Now, this is flat-out brilliant! Gorgeous lens, automatic everything. I could shoot on auto all day and never make a bag photo.
Option 2. The fully manual lens that doesn't even have auto-focus. This means I am going to have to think about EVERYTHING. That may not be a bad thing.
The manual lens has the advantage of costing about a quarter of the automatic lens. It also has a wider aperture range. According to reviews, focus peaking works with this lens so that will be a big help.
Is there anything I need to know about buying a fully manual lens? Is it really worth it to save up for the automatic?
I'd go with the 2nd option. Glass doesn't lose much value and the lens should be relatively easy to sell if it doesn't suit you. I purchased an old 50mm 1.4 Nikkor without AF from Ebay and it's one of my favorites. I have a Nikon D40 from 2006 and it tells me if things are in focus, I imagine yours can do the same.
I like to have the auto focus option there, even though I only use it sometimes. I mainly use it with family and animal photography (they move quickly!) and sometimes with food photography when I want to get photos really quickly.
I am not familiar with your camera so am not 100% sure if you can use manual focus on an auto lens, so this would be worth looking into just to make sure.