After buying a new camera with its obligatory kit lens, the number one question I am often asked is, “What lens should I buy?” Now, I usually follow this up with the question of what does the person like to shoot as that can really influence how I respond.
But the truth is that many new photographers haven’t even really figured that out yet. They’re shooting a little bit of everything. So, it’s important to make suggestions for additional lenses that will not only serve their “generalist” approach to photography, but will also be useful to them as they discover their own personal niche.
Though the kit lens that comes with your Nikon camera provides good performance for virtually all types of photography, photographers quickly realize the limits of such lenses.
So, if you are a beginner photographer who is eager to make use of some of that empty space in your camera bag, here are a few lenses that I think every beginner needs.
Honestly, you may not believe the amount of 50mm lenses I own. Ever since I got my first one, I’ve been infatuated with them. They are not just fashion accessories, they are fantastic tools. I don’t use 50mm lenses everyday, however I find uses for, most of them, here and there. You see, the 50mm focal length can do almost anything. The 50mm lens is a normal lens–its perspective closely matches the human eye. They are great examples of what prime lenses should be as well. At first glance they all seem to do basically the same thing.
However they are not all created equal. That’s a good thing.
I have few. Some say I have too many. However, I have found a way to incorporate them into my photography. [click to continue…]
Do you love your 50mm f1.8? Well, according to a new patent that Canon Watch found, you could be seeing a 50mm f1.8 IS coming out sooner or later–which means that it will have Image Stabilization for those of you not caught up on the lingo. The translation of the patent comes from Egami, and it further explains that the IS might be similar to that in the 35mm f2 IS lens, which we reviewed not long ago. The patented design shows that it will also seem to have 8 elements in 7 groups.
An update to the lens has long been ignored because the sales volumes are huge. Indeed, everyone tells everyone else that the first lens you should get is the 50mm f1.8. But in the long run, we weren’t a fan.
If something like this comes soon and Canon manages to keep the price point down, it may be another hit.
Canon’s 50mm f1.8 II is one of their most inexpensive lenses that many also consider to be a serious bang for the buck. But one of the biggest complaints about it is that the lens is cheaply constructed. Indeed, I’ve had them fall apart in my own hands. And despite how cheaply constructed the lens is, photographer Richard Choi decided to put his not working copy to a torture test.
The video after the jump isn’t for the person that loves their 50 way too much. The 50mm f1.8 II can be purchased from Amazon, B&H Photo, or Adorama. Be sure to check out our long term review.
Is this a thing now? Are we all going to try to wreck our gear for some hits on YouTube?
Looking to buy any of these? Click the links above to be directed to the respective Amazon.com product page. Hurry up though, because some of these have only a couple units left in stock.
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The Sony NEX-6 came out not too long ago and I have been eager to try it and I was very fortunate to get the camera in time for my New York City vacation. Things fell into place and here I was with the new NEX, 50mm f/1.8 and the fresh off the press Sony 10-18mm f/4. There is something about the small size of the Sony that makes one subliminally think that this camera can’t do the heavy lifting of a professional cameras.
With that in mind I flirted with the idea of leaving my beloved Nikon D800 at home just to test myself with a more minimal system. In the end I brought the D800 along for the ride along with a couple of Nikon lenses. The question is do I regret bringing the beast along and was the extra weight worth carrying while walking the city?