Why is it worth having a 50mm prime lens?

If you are a new photographer and you are struggling to decide which lens to buy, don’t worry, let me help you.  Read this article to see why it’s worth having a 50mm prime lens.  Telephoto lenses give you an advantage when shooting moving subjects, and ultra-wide-angle beasts make landscapes look great, but the versatility of a 50mm lens is almost unmatched.  

Why is it worth having a 50mm prime lens?  

1. Can be shot in low light  

No tripod?  Don’t worry!  The lens has a large aperture, allowing you to shoot in low light.  When the lens is fully on, you can keep the shutter speed set at a reasonable speed so that you don’t blur your photos due to came the shake.  Its small size means it’s easy to keep the camera stable.  This makes it possible to shoot portraits in prime time and to shoot indoors with lower ISO requirements.  A 50mm prime lens sends far more light to the camera’s sensor than a basic zoom lens, and it’s also sharper.  

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2. Good and cheap  

A 50mm prime lens is cheap but good.  Compared to standard zoom lenses, the 50mm prime lens is very simple in design and therefore affordable to manufacture.  Because there are fewer parts involved, it’s much cheaper than a zoom lens, and it works better.  All 50mm lenses have a wide aperture, providing a shallow depth of field.  This gives the blurry, artistic background that portrait photographers love.  

3. Beautiful bokeh effect  

Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of blurring out-of-focus areas of a picture, especially for portraits.  By effectively isolating your subject from its context, you can direct the viewer’s eyes to where you want them to go.  The 50mm prime lens has a very shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background and create a nice bokeh.  Other lenses produce better bokeh, but the 50mm prime lens is still pretty good.  Keep in mind that the focal length of a 50mm prime lens on the apS-APSr cropping sensor is actual 80mm.  

4. Can double as macra o lens  

There’s no denying that there’s nothing like a true macro lens.  But just to further demonstrate the versatility of a 50mm lens, take it off, flip it, and immediately you have a pseudo-macro lens.  If you want to avoid leaning the lens against the camera, you can purchase an inversion ring that screws one end on the front of the lens like a filter and attaches the other end to the lens bayonet.  

5.50mm prime lens is a good landscape lens  

Just as not all portraits need to be shot with a telephoto lens, not all landscapes need to be shot with a wide-angle lens.  50mm prime lens is ideal for landscape/cityscape/seascape.  More important than using a particular focal length is knowing how to make the most of whatever focal length you are using.  Shooting landscapes with a 50 mm prime lens allows you to focus on tighter, more detailed scenes that highlight elements that might otherwise be overlooked in a wider lens.  

6. Widely used  

The 50 mm prime lens is a great addition to your camera bag as it is a versatile piece of glass.  This lens can be used for a variety of purposes when mounted on a camera.  It’s so light and compact, you can carry it all day.  The longer you spend with your camera, the more you’ll value the compactness and robustness of this lens.  

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It’s a great walk walking around, especially since it’s useful for everything from portraits to landscapes.  It’s a discreet lens for street photography and travel photography because it’s not too bulky.  It doesn’t get in the way of people when you’re composing in a crowd.  Using it on APS-APSameras can change a 50mm lens to 85mm telephoto, so it allows you to get closer to your subject at a distance.  

The 50mm lens is one of the lightest and sharpest lenses on the market.  They are easy to produce with fewer glass components and fewer moving parts.  This makes them sharp, small, light, and, easy to carry.  This allows you to have a very compact setup, perfect for travel and street photography.  

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