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Friday, February 16, 2018

WHY I SHOOT WITH 50mm




When I started photography, I longed for telephoto lenses because I can take photos from a very far distance. I guess most of you felt that way too. I saved money and later I owned an entry level telephoto lens, 55-300 mm f/3.5-5.6. I used to bring it with me all the time (aside from my kit lens) and made some decent photos with it. 

As years go by, I found myself using a prime lens: 50 mm lens or called by many as the nifty-fifty. Then everything turns out that I became one of those 50 mm shooters. I got hook with it.

Photo above from the net

So, here are my reasons why I shoot with 50 mm lens.

1. IT'S BUDGET FRIENDLY

Yes, its one of the lenses that I can only afford. This lens is one of the cheapest camera lenses. Yup, that's my first reason why I love the nifty-fifty. I bought my first 50 mm, f1.8 lens less than Php. 5,000.00 only and I got a new one, a third party lens, for my D3100 camera less than Php. 4,000.00. 

Photo above from the net

2. IT'S GREAT FOR PORTRAIT SHOTS

50 mm lens is a portrait lens. Because of it's wider aperture range, this lens is really great with shallow depth of field and very handy in low light condition. 


Shot with Nikon D90 and Nikor 50 mm, 1.8D lens

3. GREAT BOKEH, BOKEH, BOKEH

Again, because of its f1.8, it can produce a perfectly smooth and creamy background that everyone loves. 

4. IT'S HANDY

It's small, it's handy. Comparing this lens with my telephoto lens, am more comfortable now walking around with my camera. Plus, no more wrist pain, LOL!

5. IT'S SHARP AND FAST

Kit lenses are great. It has 50 mm range too but it's very limited. Nifty-fifty focuses faster than the standard kit lens and it can take a sharper image. 

Shot with Nikon D90 and Nikor 50 mm, 1.8D lens

BONUS HACK

I haven't done this yet with this lens but 50 mm is great for taking macro shots. Invert and attached your lens to your camera body using a reverse ring mount.

So, for you out there who opted to buy new lenses, especially if you love taking OOTD's, portraits, stills, nifty-fifty must be on your list. Many photographers would say that this prime lens is a must for every photo enthusiast out there.




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