You bought your first Dslr with the kit lens, congrats. You’ve been playing with the features, getting to know the camera and the lens. Have you practice enough with it , taking the pic in your backyard , photo shoots of your pet and friends. Of course you did.
Now you’re starting to think about what to buy next. Investing in lenses is very critical you have a plenty of options and at the same time you are not sure what to buy as an upgrade to your kit lens. Should you go for some expansive glass with a wide f-stop or stay economical.
Here we are going to talk about which lens is very essential to have in your armory and is very important for beginners to practice with . And that is the 50mm , yes the 50mm prime lens also known as “Nifty Fifty”. its the most natural lens to upgrade to.
Reasons to Buy a 50mm:
As a beginner you are just used to the kit lens now its time to get your hands on a prime lens (fixed focal length lens) with a f-stop of 1.8 , its cheap and offers quite wide aperture. Here we shall discus the quality and advantages of a 50mm and why you should definitely have it in your camera bag.
A 50mm lens comes the closest to capturing what you eye naturally sees, so many beginning photographers find it a good training lens. it is equivalent to the focal length of your eye, So you find it very useful.
With the wide aperture of f1.8, especially going from your typical kit lens this lens let more light in. This allows you to use either a faster shutter speed and avoid camera shake, or a lower ISO and avoid the noise you get from higher ISOs, or a combination of both.
When you see a portrait, for instance, that has a softly blurred background behind the subject, this is caused by using a shallow depth of field. This can be achieved by using a low f-stop on the lens. Prime lenses typically produce nicer bokeh than most zooms, and with the f1.8 aperture you can make some really nice bokeh. Bright lights, off in the background, twinkle with this little lens!
The 50mm lens is a versatile lens because of its focal length, as a portrait lens it can also be a great lens for street photography ,not too wide, not too long. On a cropped or APS-C sensor it is also a great portrait lens, not so long you need to stand across the street. Can also use as a Landscape lens although its not wide enough but still can produce great landscape photos.
Because of it’s light weight, and big it’s big aperture f1.8 the 50mm is a great addition to your bag for trips. You should never forgot your little Nifty Fifty. Even if you have two kit lenses that cover that focal length ,the 50 f1.8 fills the bill for low light photograph that the other two can’t because of their aperture limitations. Plus it weighs practically nothing, you don’t even know it’s in there.
Prime or fixed focal length lenses are usually sharper than zoom lenses. You will also experience increased sharpness due to the wider aperture which allows, as I mentioned above, being able to shoot at faster shutter speeds and lower ISO. Being able to get a fast enough shutter speed to eliminate camera shake, or freeze a moving subject has a lot to do with getting sharper images as does minimizing noise.
So i recommend you to buy this lens its a gem to have. Practice with it, it helps you to be a good photographer. Its perfect for beginners to upgrade from there kit lenses.