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A ‘Nifty Fifty” (a 50mm prime lens) is a great addition to just about any photographer’s kit. Read on for seven great reasons to add one to your camera bag.
1 – The image quality is worlds better than the lens that came with your camera.
2 – It is the least expensive lens you will ever buy
3 – Its the least expensive way to upgrade your entry-level DSLR
4 – It performs brilliantly in low light
5 – It enables you to capture very shallow depth of field and beautiful bokeh
The super-wide maximum aperture that lets in a lot of light, also controls your depth of field. At f/1.8 you get a lovely blurred background that is great for portraits, flowers, and anything where you want your subject to really stand out.
6 – It is lightweight, easy to carry and does not attract as much attention as a long zoom
The Canon 50mm f/1.8 weighs in at 4.6 oz. and measures 2.7” x 1.6” making it easy to carry and a great candidate for street photography when you would prefer to go unnoticed.
7 – It forces you to get creative
Since you are lacking the zoom feature, a prime lens forces you to get creative, move around, and zoom with your feet to get the perfect shot.
When it comes to 50mm prime lenses, there are a few options out there. As the price goes up, so does the image and build quality of the lens. I own the least expensive option (Canon 50mm f/1.8) and its a great little lens that provides big value with a small price tag.