The Must Have Lens For A beginner

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:50mm-must-have

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 a quite wide aperture. Here we shall discuss the quality and advantages of a 50mm and why you should definitely have it in your camera bag.

You can buy and check out the prices of 50mm by clicking here or at the top right corner, its an Amazon link you can check for all available lenses. 

Number 1:

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.

Number 2:

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.

Number 3:

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!

Number 4:

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 it is not wide enough but still can produce great landscape photos.

Number 5:

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.

Number 6:

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 minimize 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.


Best Dslr camera to buy

When it comes to buy a Dslr camera its too difficult to decide which one you want, there are tons of different cameras out there and everyone seems to offer something very techy and attractive.  No doubt camera shopping is tough. There are lots of different kinds to choose among, and the prices range from few hundred bucks into the thousands.

Here we are going to review few of the latest cameras and try to help you in deciding whats suits you the best.

First of all we are going to talk about the best Full frame Dslr camera that are available in the market (regardless of the year it came out). If you do not what is a full frame Dslr camera do not worry at all , we will not talk about all the technical stuff here. A full frame is a Pro category camera  having a bigger sensor then a normal Dslr camera or entry level Dslr camera. More expensive off course and with all the professional requirements.

Full Frame Dslrs:982523

Following list includes different camera brand and its not based on the best latest cameras out there but the cameras i tested myself and are overall good to buys keeping the price in mind. No mirror less camera are listed here.

  1. Nikon D850
  2. Pentax K1 (Very popular and excellent camera and economical )
  3.  Canon Eos 5d Mark iv
  4. Nikon D610 (not the latest but an excellent camera at a very decent price)
  5. Sony Alpha a99 ii
  6.  Canon Eos 6D (Old but not bad at all)
  7. Canon Eos 5Ds (More megapixels than any other Full frame Dslr)
  8.  Nikon D750

To get a good deal on full frame DSLR cameras check out the Amazon link

These are the few best Full frame cameras available in market , i have not included many other good cameras like Nikon 810, Canon 5d, and Sony Alpha A7R III which are very good spec wise, because above list is not based on the specs on paper and the more interactive feature they are offering but the best value for money. Except the D850, its pretty expensive one in our list but we can made exceptions sometimes lol.

APS-C (Crop Frame):weatherproof-dslr-snow

Now its time to talk about APS-C sensor or crop frame dslr cameras.  As we did not go deep inside the full frame , similarly we will just talk about the crop frame camera. These cameras lie in the entry level and mid-range dslr cameras. Like the pro cameras these are not that expensive but do not think that these are any less then those Pro expansive and giant cameras. There are very good mid range and entry level cameras out there and  even many pro-photographer shoots with those cameras.

Mid-Range Dslr Cameras:

The following list is for Mid–range Dslr cameras , and is based different aspects and analysis like price, image quality, dynamic range , features, overall rating etc.

  1. Pentax K3ii     (click here to check the price of this one)
  2. Nikon D7200
  3. Pentax KP (critically aclaimed)
  4. Canon 70D
  5. Nikon D7100 (very excellent camera and personal favorite )
  6. Sony A77 ii
  7. Canon 80D (expensive and not offering much then 70D

Entry Level Dslr Cameras:

Now its time to list the Entry level Dslr camera or you can say the cameras for beginners which is not entirely true because some are those cameras are so good that they are used by professionals

First one is my personal favorite, it has features of a mid range and price of a entry level. Do compare it with its competitors and find it out yourself.

  1. Pentax K70   (click here to check the prices on Amazon!!)
  2. Nikon D5500
  3. Canon T7i
  4. Pentax KS-2
  5. Nikon D5200
  6. Canon T6
  7. Sony Alpha a68
  8. Nikon D3300

There are many other cameras out there but these are few i selected. You can find the best that suits your style of photography. Test the cameras before buying and do some research, find the best that meet your requirements. I hope this Article helps you in narrowing the search for your camera. Happy Photography


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Benefits of Using Fully Manual mode

Why Manual Mode

well there is a lot of talking about using fully manual mode, that pros consider manual mode and stuff. Its true that manual mode is the best mode if you want to control everything, and do not want to relay on camera’s judgment. And it’s also very true that many professional photographers prefer manual mode rather than other modes but i have seen many using Shutter and Aperture priority modes quite often.

Here we gonna talk about how to use manual mode

Shutter, Aperture, Iso

The Exposure Triangleexposure _triangle(Shutter, aperture, and iso) is very important in any kind of Photography, and manual mode let you control it. In shutter or aperture priority modes the camera makes many decisions related to the exposure of the image sometimes you do not like what is produced. so you need full manual settings.

In this mode you can change shutter speed, select desired aperture and select iso of your need, mostly i do not want my iso to be more than 800 or so(for less grainy image ). where shutter and aperture settings come in play.

if you are very new to manual mode it might feel too tiresome to change every setting but believe me its the best mode to work in. you will be very used to it with time and can take some amazing shots.

Manual Photography

Also if you want to take very dynamic photos and motion freezing shots you can not rely on auto or shutter/aperture priority modes.

For example, if you are interested in astrophotography and want to take an image of stars at night, you need to switch to manual mode otherwise it won’t work properly. we will discuss the astrophotography in detail in another blog but here just telling the usage of manual mode.


iso 800, 10 sec,f2.8

the above images were taking using fully manual mode otherwise it wont be possible because the camera will try to expose these pics proper,y and ruined everything


in above image, i tried to freeze the water drop. and of-course i was using manual mood to capture this image, i needed a faster shutter-speed to freeze the water but with that i don’t want it to under-expose too much so the setting i used for this particular image were

Iso 100,shutter 1/1250 and aperture f4 using a tripod as well.

simple is that using manual mode improves your photography drastically and makes you a better photographer.

Never stop trying new things, thats what photography is all about. happy photoshooting

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