All Around Prime Lenses: 35mm vs 50mm. Our Favorite Choices

One of the questions that is asked all the time as photographers are considering upgrading their lenses has to do with 35mm and 50mm primes, and great general all around lenses. Traditionally both 35mm and 50mm have been recommended as general purpose lenses for everything from travel and street photography to portraiture.

But what is the better all around lens for today’s digital photographer? The answer to that question really lies in which sensor size your camera utilizes, and what sort of photography you enjoy on the most regular basis. Both 35mm and 50mm are fairly versatile focal lengths that can be used for a variety of purposes, which is partly why this post is even a thing. Continue reading…

On Using an 85mm Lens for Street Photography And Forgetting Your Idols

I used to be one of those street photography believers: you know, the ones that always say that you need either a 28mm, 35mm or 50mm lens to create street photos. And that there is nothing else that you can possibly use whatsoever. But as I’ve grown as a photographer, I genuinely believe that I was wrong in that thought process. In fact, I’ve had a number of street photographers pitch their work here who used 85mm lenses and sometimes longer to create images that are fantastic. And while 50mm lenses will let you work closer to your subject, there isn’t a great reason why a modern 85mm lens can’t be used to street photography.

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Perfect Portraits: 4 Budget Portrait Lenses For the Canon EOS System under $1,000

Portrait photography is no doubt one of the those niches of photography that attracts many new photographers to the industry, both as hobbyists and professionals–and finding budget friendly portrait lenses can be tough. That said, the overwhelming majority simply doesn’t have the budget to spend on top class professional portrait lenses, so today we are taking a look at some of the best budget oriented portrait lenses for the Canon EOS System.

If you have another camera system no worries, we will be following this up with budget portrait lens roundups for other systems as well. Previously we have looked at Fujifilm’s X-Series, and will continue on to the other systems after we hit Canon today.

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The Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f1.4 ASPH for the SL System Finally Makes a Splash

Today, Leica announced their new Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH lens for the Leica SL camera system. It’s most likely a very exciting time for lots of photographers who own the absurdly expensive system due to the fact that Leica’s 50mm f1.4 Summilux lenses are typically very good.  In fact, this is the SL’s first prime lens. With 11 elements in nine groups and two aspherical elements, you should also note the lens’ E82 filter mount–which only the 21mm f1.4 for the M system has. And the price? $5,295–which is quite a bit of money.

Plus there’s a new firmware update for the SL. Tasty bits from the press release are after the jump.

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Kaiman Wong Compares The Popular Street Photography Lenses: 50mm vs 35mm vs 28mm

Screenshot taken from video. 
Kaiman Wong (who has recently left DigitalRev TV) continues to create video contents on his own Youtube Channel. Most recently, he took on a comparison of popular street photography lenses, 50mm vs 35mm vs 28mm, to be educational and useful especially for newcomers to street photography. The best part: Kai was himself in his videos with his usual wit, charm, and a tad of silliness which made the video so entertaining to watch.

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Five Fast Focusing 50mm Lenses For Mirrorless Cameras

One of the most popular lens focal lengths out there is the 50mm–but they’re sometimes worthless if they can’t focus quickly. Whether you’re a professional or hobbyist photographer, there isn’t a reason why you wouldn’t want to have a fast focusing 50. Foodies can rest assured knowing that their 50mm lens will lock focus quickly onto dinner. When you’re capturing your corgi running around and doing corgi things, you’ll know that the image you snap will be bound to get you some karma points on Reddit.

We’ve done lots of testing with various 50mm lenses (and those that offer the equivalent field of view), and these are some of our favorites.

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Awesome Comparison: Bokeh Shootout between Leica, Canon, and Nikon 50-58mm Primes

This is a syndicated post originally published over at Street Silhouettes. Prepared by Anthony Thurston. Originally by Horatio Tan.

In retrospect, I really should have conducted this comparison on another day, given that I had been awake that day since 3:00AM Hong Kong Standard Time, and was conducting this shootout after work from 7:00PM-9:00PM. Something was going to give, and in this case, it was a Nikon 50mm f/1.2 that I had I accidentally replaced with a Nikon 58mm f/1.2 Noct-Nikkor – essentially repeating the result of the Noct-Nikkor lens. Hey, you can’t blame me. Those AIs Nikon lenses all look the same, especially when you’re sleep deprived. Needless to say, I will do a second day of shooting.

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Beginners Tips to Shooting Portraits with a 50mm Lens

Model: Natalie Margiotta

Model: Natalie Margiotta

Even the cheapest and most affordable 50mm lens is capable of helping you to deliver excellent portraits. While the best and most important part of creating a portrait is the savvy of the person behind the camera, each focal length often has its own specific renderings that you’ll need to work with to create a better and more pleasing contemporary portrait. It involves having a creative vision, specifically paying attention to someone’s body shape, and creating a scene that will elicit a reaction from someone. 

On the success of the site’s guide to working with the 35mm focal length for portraits, here’s The Phoblographer’s guide to working with 50mm lenses.

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