Five Reasons to Own the Nifty Fifty

Camera lenses are expensive. And as much as we want them, we have to make wise and economical choices. In this video, I’m going to give you five reasons to pick up a 50mm lens, also known as the Nifty Fifty.


#1 – Great starter prime lens. If you’re just starting out, you’ll want a 50mm in your kit. When you’re on a budget and you want a tack sharp lens, check out the 50mm. No matter what camera system you use, the 50mm is one of the most affordable lenses to start with after your kit lens. Most have an aperture between 1.4 and 1.8, which will allow you to use in various conditions.

#2 – Great in low light.  With such a low aperture, you can use this lens in low light settings. If you’re a wedding photographer or just a general photographer, you’ll love the fact that you can use this with a high ISO and low aperture. I’ve shot in some really dark situations and was able to retrieve my images when shooting with my 50mm lens.

#3 – Small package, big results. – Since this lens is so compact, it’s one of the most desired walk around lens you can add to your kit. I try to use this lens whenever I don’t want to carry my wide angles lens. You can easily shoot with this lens and not feel tired after carrying it around all day. Plus, you don’t stick out like a sore thumb in a crowd with a crazy long lens.

#4 -“The Blur”. – OMG. The bokeh is amazing. When it’s stopped down to 1.4, you’ll have all the bokeh you need to make your images even more mesmerizing. Don’t get caught up in the blur too much. Make sure you use it to your advantage and not because you can.

#5 Extremely versatile. – From street photography to portraits to landscapes, this one lens can do it all. If you’re a hybrid photographer like me, you’ll find yourself making this your go to lens. I love using the 50mm when I’m traveling or casually around cities while shooting for personal projects. You can even shoot food and products with this one lens.

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