Having been dabbling with the 18-55 mm kit (find out my review of 18-55mm kit lens) lens for some time, it was time to MOVE ON to 50 mm lens. It seemed that these prime lenses were ruling the world with their size of the aperture. Every nook and corner of the digital world is filled with people drooling over this Bokeh monster.
50 mm Prime Lens
50 mm lens makes the perfect choice of a switchover from a kit lens. Firstly it is an inexpensive lens and the quality of photos you get straight out of the camera is to die for. It’s even said that the 50 mm lens comes close to how the human eye views the world. Its optical structure is like this: 7 elements in 6 lens groups. One of the elements is aspherical. The filter threads are static during focus. Minimum aperture is only f/16 and the filter size is 58mm. Super Integrated Coating helps in keeping internal reflections to a bare minimum.
To find the sweet spot of this lens, you need to stop all the way down to f/5.6 on DX, f/8 on FX, where it performs best from corner to corner. On the sharpness front, the new f/1.8 G beats its predecessor hands down but a bit behind it’s more expensive f/1.4 G at f/1.8.
I decided to buy this lens before going on a trip to Andaman & Nicobar islands in 2015. Since I thought that this place would have a lot of options to make those great portrait shots with beautiful beaches in the background perfectly blurred by the massive F/1.8. And not only portraits but close up shots of the native flora and fauna and also landscape.
So whenever somebody asks me that they are a beginner in photography and want to take their photos to the next level without breaking the bank. So pop comes to the answer “Go get yourself a nifty-fifty”. Ask any of the professional photographers for their choice of lens for portraits and all of them will swear by this ever so popular prime lens. Let me tell you one more thing, prime lenses command the highest price in the market. 50 mm F/1.8 lens is the only one out there which is so damn affordable and that’s why it is popular with everyone.
If you still need some more convincing, I am all up for it. Below are my top 5 reasons to buy 50 mm
1. Buying a 50 mm won’t make you poor
Both Nikon and Canon 50 mm F/1.8 is the cheapest prime lens offering by them. The current price on Amazon India is around Rs.13000 (Nikon) and Rs.16000 (Canon). You can also buy Nikon’s 50 mm F/1.8 D AF for half the price of F/1.8 G at Rs. 6000. The only difference being that 50 mm F/1.8 G has an auto-focus functionality and 50 mm F/1.8 D AF has a manual focus ring. I would suggest you go for the one with auto-focus since it makes life a bit easier.
2. Carry me everywhere all day
50 mm lens are small in size and very lightweight. I have done full day shoot with this lens and it didn’t break my shoulders.
3. The bokeh Monster
Bored with your kit lens or fashion magazines makes you drool over shallow depth of field. The solution to your photography woes is 50 mm. With a fast and big aperture of F/1.8, you will get those lovely bokeh effects you have been drooling over since you got hold of your camera. This lens is great for portrait shots, product shots, close-up shots of still life in your living room. Try taking the shot of say your favorite coffee mug with 18-55mm kit lens and then again with 50 mm. Just by looking at the LCD panel of your DSLR you will understand the difference. 50 mm lens makes even the dullest thing sexy!!
4. It’s fast and sharp
One thing that amazes me about 50 mm lens is how it being so cheap that it’s focusing is so fast and the image quality is so sharp. I mean at this price point no manufacturer would want to make such a stunner piece of glass. Hats off to Nikon and Canon for producing a great lens at such a low price.
5. Best in class Autofocus
The autofocus of Nikon 50mm F/1.8 G is a charm. It is fast and once it focuses on its target, never lets go of it. The mechanism of the autofocus is also very quiet, so you can easily take pictures in a religious place or a hospital.
50 mm is a great lens for upgrading. I can’t stress on that enough but you should have this lens in your camera bag. This lens will make you famous instantly with your friends and family. Even though they won’t love you that much but let me tell you something, you will always be invited to the next party.
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I am Manas, a budding photographer and a full time IT consultant. I love exploring new things, travelling, reading and riding bikes. In my free time, i enjoy taking care of my beloved plants and i sometimes talk to them !!