50mm Prime Lens & Why it is a must have lens
Hi there, thanks for dropping by my website. As promised, i will be sharing my reviews on different Cameras, Lenses and Accessories at least once a week. If its your first time here, welcome. I am, Billy Miaron, a Kenyan web developer and Pro Photographer. As a photographer, some of the biggest questions i get in my inbox are; Which Camera do you use? Followed by, “Wow!! me too, but Which Lens do you use? Which is your must have lens?”
Today am going to try to address those three questions.
I may not be a veteran in photography but I hope to get there with every click of the camera. I started photography as a hobby in 2015 using borrowed cameras and later decided to take it to the next level by venturing into pro photography in March 2016. My first camera was a Nikon D3200 +18-55kit lens which is a starter DSLR camera. I would shoot anything and everything that caught my eye. I got some good shots from the Kit lens but still, I didn’t achieve those Crisp sharp images I would see from other pro photographers, with a fine background Bokeh(blur). After doing some research, I read about lenses recommendations from various pro photographers and one Lens stood out; The 50mm 1.8/1.4g prime Lens. This lens is made to give your camera almost the same focal length the human eye has.
This was taken at mid day, at the Nairobi Arboretum. 50mm 1.8g F5 1/100 ISO:160 Nikon d5200
Guess what, I saved every little dime I had and also got some help from a close friend, I bought the lens for around 400$ and I have to admit the difference was visible in my work, especially the Portraits are to die for. The 50mm is a Fast Lens with a wide Aperture(1.8g or 1.4g compared to normal F3.5-5.6 in Kit Lenses). Its amazing in low light conditions e.g Night event photography and its images are crisp clear with a very rich depth of field. It is very light in weight and small in size, making it very portable.
Why is it called a Prime Lens? Well, Prime Lenses have a fixed Focal Length. Unlike Zoom Lenses, Prime lenses do not have a zoom ring. For example the 50mm prime lens has a fixed focal length of 50mm n so is a 35mm prime lens.
There are two different types of prime lenses. Manual Focus lenses and Auto-Focus lenses(which come with a manual override). The preference depends with you. The auto-focus ones are a little more expensive. We also have a F1.4 and a F1.8 50mm prime lens, with the F1.4 offering an even wider Aperture.
Enough Technical Talk, here are a few sample photos of my work all taken using both Nikon D3200 and D5200 with a 50mm 1.8g Prime lens with the Exif settings. Enjoy
- Low Light.
This Lens is fast and allows a lot of light at wide apertures, making it the ideal lens for night photography or low light conditions.
When it comes to Portraits, the 50mm Prime lens is amazing. its images are sharp and with a rich Depth of Field
3. Product Photography
4. Pet Photography.
In summary, most of the photos on my website were taken using the Nikon 50mm 1.8g Prime Lens, so you can go through my website using the Menu at the top and see for yourself why I love this lens more than any other.
My recommendation to you my dear friend; be you a Nikonite like me or using Canon, Sony, Lumix or any other DSLR, a prime lens is a lens you should have. With a prime, you loose the ability to zoom but comes with the benefits of putting your attention on Focusing. These means you get sharper images, fast apertures, light weight. Another benefit is that a prime lens will have fewer moving parts, so there is less of an opportunity for problems to appear from general use.
However, with the emerging technology, zoom lenses are getting better and better and in my next article, I will be reviewing one of them, see bottom of the article.
When it comes to price and functionality, Prime lenses are affordable and with great results. You can purchase them at your local camera shops or online. In Kenya, you can purchase genuine Nikon lenses at Image Solutions, TRM Mall. Click on the image below to buy on their online shop.
“If I had to pick a single lens to shoot everything on, it would be a 50mm. This focal length is considered the closest to the human eye’s field of view, and therefore can be used in so many different environments. From a close-up on a single actor, to a 2 or 3 shot on a group, the 50mm will have you covered and will probably be the most used lens in your kit.” Noam Kroll
“Many prominent photographers have claimed this as their favorite lens, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the most important photojournalists of the Twentieth Century, and an icon for amateur and professional street photographers. He famously used a 50mm lens almost exclusively as it acts as “an extension of (the) eye,” permitting photographers to trap life in a frame that resembles the way we experience the world.” Jill Waterman
Now that you have read my review and why this is a must have lens according to me and other photographers, I have a question for you.
Which is your must have lens? Kindly share you feedback here and let me know whats your favorite Lens and why. Also if you have photography questions, please don’t mind asking, I would be glad to respond to them here.
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