One question that I hear a lot from photographers is if they should own a 50mm lens. I say yes, yes, yes! The 50mm lens should be a staple in any photographer’s camera bag, and this post lists the top five reasons why.
First reason – 50mm lenses are inexpensive. Starting up in photography can be costly. New photographers need to invest in a camera, a bag, tripod, photo editing software and lenses. Fortunately, you can purchase a 50mm lens for as low as $100. The average lens price will range from $100 – $200, depending on the brand you buy.
Second reason – the image quality is great. You’d almost expect the image quality to suffer because 50mm lenses are so inexpensive, but in general, image quality rocks! In fact, many photographers compare the image quality, including sharpness and quality of colors, of 50mm lenses to professional lenses and don’t find much difference. The biggest reason for this is there are less elements (pieces of glass) between the subject and the sensor in the camera.
Third reason – they’re “fast”! A lens is considered fast if the f-number is around f/4.0 or lower. You can get a 50mm f1.8 lens and take some awesome pictures in lower light conditions. You wouldn’t have to increase the ISO as much while taking pictures in low light. As you know, increasing ISO in low light pictures increases noise, so with a 50mm f1.8 lens, you can expect to take some incredible low light pictures!
Fourth reason – They’re smaller and lighter. Camera bags can get heavy, but it won’t your 50mm lens’ fault! Most 50mm lenses range from 4.3oz to 6.0oz so there’s no excuse not to take it with you. In fact, for most shots, your 50mm will be all you need.
Fifth reason – It’s a versatile lens great for taking many different types of photos. You can use a 50mm lens to take some great portraits, or you can step outside and take some great shots of the kids playing soccer.
There are more than five reasons to pick up a 50mm lens. The reasons here should get you pretty fired up. You just can’t go wrong with a 50mm. You’ll be glad you read this post!