Why should you have a 50mm Prime Lens. So you’ve bought your first DSLR camera and kit lens and you’re feeling really good about yourself. Unless you have a decent prime lens you wont understand the potential your photography has!
A 50mm f/1.8 is one of the cheapest lens you can buy in your collection. Most of us when buying our first DSLR will shoot using the kit lens that came with the camera.
Sure they are useful but as your experience grows you’ll start to look for something else. As a prime lens cannot zoom why would you even consider having one! Without a zoom lens you have to move around and sometimes using a zoom and staying at one location cam make you a ‘lazy photographer’.
They may look cheap, in fact they’re one of the cheapest but when stopped down it’s as sharp as any L zoom! Did you know that many professional photographers only use prime lenses because of their superior image quality.
Why should you have a 50mm Prime Lens – Bokeh
Another advantage of having a lens with a wide aperture is of course ‘Depth of Field’. Setting your aperture to f1.8 will give you amazing results. This enables you to blur the background and especially useful for portraits enhancing your creativity.
Why should you have a 50mm Prime Lens
Bokeh (blurring the background of images) transforms the overall look of a simple photo to give it more depth, eliminating a cluttered background and isolating your subject. Good bokeh is especially in portrait photography (creating a natural perspective), as most photographers usually want a shallow depth of field so that the subject stands out sharply against a blurred background.
They are also great for low light photography meaning you are able to take shots in lower light settings without the need for a flash.
If you don’t have a 50mm prime lens in your collection; go and get one now. This is the first lens I purchased towards my optics collection and a must have!