Top 5 reasons you "need" (or should have) a 50mm lens.
1. THE PRICE
The 50mm is the most affordable prime out there. Many brands make a version which keeps prices relatively low..
2. THE "BOKEH" (just pronounce this however you like, everyone else does.)
Basically, with a faster lens and the "lens compression" factor, you can get some sharp shots while blurring backgrounds. Be mindful, bokeh should NOT be a substitue for framing and composition.
Though tight in small spaces (even tighter if you have it on an APS-C camera-which most hobbyist-beginners do) it has many uses:
a) Portraits: It isn't so wide that it distorts faces like a smart phone, yet it isn't SO telephoto that you'll need to be 3 miles away from your model.
You can separate your subject without totally blowing out your background.
b) Street Photography: It is ideal for that comfortable distance between yourself and your subject. Sure, in dense, urban areas you may reach for a wider lens to put more in context, but the 50 just has that traditional, special look.
c) Landscapes: A 50mm will force you to see VERY specific shots you may miss with wider lenses.
d) Speed: The wider aperture is essential for shooting in low light...allowing faster shutter speeds at dusk for action your kit lens can't get.
4. COMPOSITION: You won't be able to zoom in and out neurotically like a border agent on crack, so you'll work to get the best framing for your shot; thereby teaching yourself rules of composition by default. And (along with the 24mm and 35mm) a 50mm has been a recognized standard for fixed lenses since the Triassic era.
5. I lied. You only get 4 reasons. But then again, see no.3 "Versatility" A -D...then you actually get 7!
Bonus: flip your 50mm, hold it snug against the Bayonet and try it as a macro lens!
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