6 Reasons To Buy A 50mm Lens

I have had my Canon 60D for almost 2 years now - and I absolutely adore it. I don't have many lenses - I bought some lenses in the past, sold them again, because I always preferred the 50mm lens. I now have two lenses: the 18-55mm standard kit lens and my 50mm, and I barely ever use my 18-55mm lens. Many people don't understand the joy of having a 50mm lens because they've never used it: I'll explain why so many people cannot get enough of this little pearl.


WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE A 50mm LENS

1. It's cheap
One negative thing about buying lenses is that many (most) of them are extremely expensive. I can look at pretty pictures taken by expensive cameras with luxurious lenses for hours but I'd never spend 500 euros on a lens. When I found out that the 50mm lens existed a few years ago - that there was a lens available for only 99 euros I thought it'd be garbage but I then realized it was a must-have.

2. It's great for low-light photography
Whenever I'm taking photographs when there's no natural daylight, my 18-55mm lens is practically useless: I have to compensate the lack of light with a high ISO which makes my photographs terribly grainy. Because of the large aperture, much light comes in and you don't have to overcompensate with high ISO numbers when using the 50mm lens.


3. Light weight & size
My 60D is quite heavy, that's a fact. I used to have a 18-200mm lens and that one's really heavy and big: my camera became a chore to carry around. With the 50mm mounted onto my camera I don't have this problem, as the lens is extremely light-weight and small. I also feel like my camera's more balanced when I have the 50mm on it: whenever I'm carrying my camera around my neck with a heavier lens on, it tilts a bit to the front which tends to hurt my neck. You won't have this problem with your 50mm lens on it!


4. The bokeh
When talking about the 'light circles in the background of a photograph' people mostly talk about 'bokeh' and the bokeh this lens is capable of producing is absolutely amazing: just look at the photograph above. I took this photograph while the light circumstances were really bad - I only had a dim desk lamp to shed a bit of light, and my Christmas lights in the background. The photograph looks really cool, thanks to the 50mm lens.


5. Extremely sharp
Because of the vague background and because of the fact that it's a prime lens, the objects in focus look extremely sharp. Take a look at the photograph above this piece of text, the photograph of the sunglasses: I think it explains itself.

6. It's great for filming
I recently started uploading videos to my own YouTube channel, but I've been using this lens for filming for a very long time, and it's great: the videos turn out to be of such high quality. Filming with this lens is fairly easy and once you get used to using it, you'll find yourself to have really impressive videos.


As you can see I am kind of obsessed with my 50mm: I never thought the cheapest lens out there could be the best option for me. I now understand why they call it the 'nifty fifty'! 

So if you're still undecided on what to ask for Christmas, if you're thinking about a birthday gift for a loved one or if you're simply thinking of treating yourself with a beautiful and handy gift, don't forget to consider this beauty. 

12 comments

  1. This is so helpful because I love seeing the actual results of the lens and not just dot points on why it is good. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Glad I could help! No problem at all ^^ X

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  2. This post couldn't have came at a better time. I've been looking for the right lens for so long, and the only one that I can find, that is budget friendly is, the 50mm. I think this post has actually sold me!

    Nik x
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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing the results! X

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  3. So beautiful photos.
    Can you explain to me if there is a big differ between a 50mm and a 62mm lens?

    Thanks for this post. : )

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    1. I have never actually used the 62mm lens but the amount of mms describes how far the photograph's 'zoomed in', so the 62mm lens will create pictures that look like they've been taken from a smaller distance. That's the only difference I can tell you without knowing how the lens works! X

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    2. Ah alright...Thank you for this little explanation!

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  4. Awesome photography, ive never really considered a lens before but now i want one. Can you buy a 50mm for a Canon 50D? x

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  5. You certainly know what you are talking about when it comes to photographs. I only know how to press the button.. :)
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  6. It's interesting to hear your thoughts on the 50mm. I love the bokeh effect. When it comes to lenses & cameras it's all a matter of opinion & experience.

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  7. I bought a 50mm lens for my Nikon D5100 late last year and i'm absolutely obsessed! The strong focus and background blur is what attracts me most about the cameras! Loved this post x

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