By Treazah Singh in Blog

Mar 11, 2019

Ever wonder why everyone(photographer) is obsessed with their 50mm lens? Here are our top reasons every photographer should consider adding this to their camera bag.

It doesn't matter if you shoot in Canon, Sony, Nikon or any other camera brand, the fact is every photographer should own a 50mm lens! The amazing thing about a 50mm lens is that its incredibly versatile. It is the most popular among-st photographers, wedding professionals, and street/documentary artistic. The prime lens has so many perks that its easy to see why most professionals reach for this lens first. its not wide, or too long, meaning you can use it in cramped spaces( like a studio, or a narrow street) or back up to get those killer wide shots of building and landscapes. it sparks a real punch as compared to many other lenses.

The question is, what lens should be the first one you buy? Ask a lot of photographers and they'll say a 50mm lens.

Here is why.........

 1. THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE.


For most of us, budget is going to be the primary concern when it comes to buying photography gears. Fortunately, there are plenty of 50mm lens options that wont break the bank. A great place to start is with a 50mm f1.8 lens. These are available for just about every brand of camera, including Canon and Nikon.

2. THEY ARE SMALL.

                                                                   

The kit lens that came with your camera isn't exactly huge, but many 50mm lenses are much more compact than even the kit lens. The compactness is nice for situations in which you cant really wield a large lens. Street photography comes to mind as a great situation for a 50mm lens because it allows  you to move among-st the crowd with greater ease. Many 50mm lenses are also light weight especially the f1.8 version. The faster 50mm lenses like the f1.2 and f1.4 are heavier because of their construction,but even so,they are still pretty svelte and allow to maneuver your camera with great ease.

3. THEY ARE SHARP

The great thing about prime lenses like the 50mm is that they have fewer internal elements than a zoom lens. With fewer elements inside the lens, that means that they can take photos that are sharper and clearer. If you were to compare an image taken with a 50mm lens side-by-side with an image taken with a kit zoom lens, you'd see marked difference in the sharpness. Beyond that, 50mm lenses often have better color rendition and less chromatic aberration than kit lenses, so you not only get sharper photos but ones with more accurate colors too.

4.THEY ARE VERSATILE.

 A 50mm lens is such a versatile piece of glass. It is a great walk around or travel lens because it can help you photograph anything. The 50mm focal length is a very versatile range. It yields a normal perspective and field of view similar to what we see from our very own eyes.

5. THEY WORK ON FULL FRAME AND CROP SENSOR CAMERAS

Another aspect of the versatility of 50mm lens is that many of them work on both full frame and crop sensor cameras.For example, if you are shooting with Canon 1300D and decide to upgrade to a Canon 6D, you don't have to buy a new lens. Better still, many camera manufactures continue to use the same lens mount as they develop new cameras,so if you're a canon shooter and you buy a lens in 2019, there's a very good chance that same lens will work on whatever cameras canon comes out with in the years to come.

6. THEY ARE GREAT FOR LOW LIGHT SHOOTING.


 If you really want to expand your photographic capabilities, a 50mm lens will allow you to do so because they are great for taking photos when lighting is low. With a maximum aperture of f/2 and larger 50mm lens, that means you can take photos in low lighting without triggering the flash. Since the light from the flash is typically on the harsh and bright side, the fact that you often don't need a flash with a 50mm  lens means you can get more natural looking shots.

7. THEY ARE FAST.

                                                                        

A related feature that's nice about a 50mm is that with such a large maximum aperture, you can use much faster shutter speeds.That means that you can shoot handheld in much dimmer lighting than you can with a kit lens by virtue of all that light coming into the 50mm lens. What's more , you can avoid using higher ISOs too. With lower ISO values, your images will have less digital noise, which helps you get even sharper images even when the lighting isn't all that great

                      OTHER REASONS

8. THEY ARE A NICE FOCAL LENGTH

9. THEY HELP YOU BE MORE CREATIVE

10. WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER


There you go.those are our top reasons why you need a 50mm lens! it's cheap, fast, versatile light weight and gives you that professional look to your images that will keep you getting business. There are very few drawbacks to this lens, making it our top pick for both new and seasoned photographers.

Now I'd love to hear from you.Do you have a 50mm lens? If so, please let us know in the comment section below what your favorite thing about your 50mm lens.What do you use it for?What do you love about it, or wish was different? Do you have any questions about it? Please share your experience.

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