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Why Everyone Should Own a 50mm Lens

The 50mm lens is just awesome! Period.

When it comes to my favorite lenses, the 50mm lens is probably my favorite one of all time. It was one of the first lenses I purchased separately when I decided to get serious about photography and I’ve had one in my bag ever since. I remember reading that it was a good lens for food photography and at the time, I was just getting into blogging, so it was a no-brainer, I was buying a 50mm.

Like most new photographers, I started with the least expensive one, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and learned it inside and out. Even though it wasn’t expensive, it changed my photography forever. I was finally beginning to understand photography and was taking photos I didn’t hate. After a few years, I finally upgraded to the Canon 50mm f/1.2, since it’s a lens I literally use every single day. And I absolutely love it. I hardly ever take it off my camera, it’s that good. In fact, here are some reasons why everyone should own a 50mm lens.

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They’re inexpensive (for the most part)

You can pick up a good quality 50mm lens for not a ton of cash, making it the perfect lens for hobbyists or new photographers. When I was just getting started in photography, I couldn’t justify the expense of the f/1.2 lens, nor did I have a full-frame camera body to support it, so the less expensive lenses were my only option. I’ve actually owned (and since sold) both the f/1.8 and the f/1.4 and they both produced quality images. The professional 50mm f/1.2 however, is quite pricey, but is absolutely worth it when you’re ready for it.

They’re versatile

The 50mm lens is really good in any situation. It is lightweight enough to carry with you everywhere and has a low enough aperture to take great shots in low-light situations. It’s also the lens that’s the closest to the human eye, so what you see in real life is what you will see in the photograph. I think that’s one reason I fell in love with it; that, and because you really can shoot anything with a 50mm.

They’re a great size

The 50mm is a compact little lens (at any price point) and they aren’t super heavy, which makes it a great walk around lens. It’s not long and clunky like some of the zoom lenses and it doesn’t take up much room in your camera bag (or purse) if it’s not in use.

They’re easy to work with

Since the 50mm is a prime lens, there’s really nothing to it. It’s fast and very user friendly, put it on, point, focus, shoot.

Bokeh, bokeh, bokeh

All the 50mm lenses I’ve shot with (the f/1.8, f/1.4, and the f/1.2) have produced beautiful bokeh in my photographs without much effort.  They are crisp and sharp at lower apertures, allowing me to shoot wide open or close to it for a really soft, out-of-focus background, which I have always loved.

See, I told you I had some great reasons why everyone should own a 50mm lens! But let’s not forget my number one reason that I started off with, they’re just awesome! Do you own a 50mm? Do you love it?

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