The Acquisition of my much loved lens was initially inspired by the post “Why Everyone Needs an 85mm Lens.” by Chris Gampat. I desired a little more reach and on my camera, the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AFwhich is an FX lens was effectively a 75mm lens. Not long after this, another photographer noted that I would be “owned”, or dominated by the 50 mm lens, and after about a week of use I was “Owned” and the Nikon 50mm replaced all others as my favorite lens.
Coffee is a huge part of my photography & life, and the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AFis perfect for it. If I am in a coffee house with low light or sitting at a table at home with a flash on my D90, I always manage to find an interesting angle with this lens..
This lens is great to take with you to a restaurant, if that’s your thing; it is mine, on occasion. The lens enables to me to get a nice shot without a flash and unobtrusively because of its speed and focal length—very simple and clean.
This lens is great for photo walks. You can walk in and out of any environment and always get the shot. With the 50mm lens you can creatively compose things, natural unforced perspective using the available light. You can get great quick portraits, bokeh shots, landscape and never changing your lens. You can let the light touch you with this lens. Being that the lens has a 1.8 aperture, it performs very well in almost any lighting. situation
I love having fun with this lens and doing what other people consider stupid things, toy shots etc. Couple of little facts here, I wear my geekiness on my sleeve. I am into comics scifi , anime, etc , with the toys to prove it. I like taking the occasional picture of items in my collection. I get come up with interesting way to take photos of my toys and I love it when people say, “You’re such a nerd.” With this lens I get to show it.
I put my finger on the shutter button, light goes faint, the focus gets clear, the lights go sharp, and the shot is clear. Its very liberating. I rarely want to sit still when out shooting, this lens, my 50mm f/1.8 enables me to get a shot a move on consistently. I hardly ever remove the lens my camera anymore. When shooting with Nikon 50mm I rarely ever have to compromise, or change too many things to achieve my goals.
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