20 Reasons to Love Your 50mm Lens

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 50mm f1.4 product photos (3 of 5)ISO 1001-125 sec at f - 4.5

The 50mm lens is a favorite amongst many photographers. However, there are some that don’t warm up to this focal length as much as others. Either way, it’s a lens that can prove to be very versatile and may probably even stay glued to your camera.

Here are just a couple of reasons why those lenses do so well.

Nearly True to the Way to Human Eye Works

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It’s Great for Portraits

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They’re Great for Candids

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They Can be Fantastic Landscape Lenses

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50mm is Perfect for Street Photography

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They Come in All Varieties and Apertures

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Cartier-Bresson Loved His

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Reach + Fast Aperture = Great for Concerts

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They’re the Lens Lots of Photographers Learn On


Even When They’re Not the Sharpest, They’re Still Pretty Good

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer 5D Mk II with Argus 50mm lens (6 of 6)

You Can Bring it Anywhere and Rely on Its Versatility

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 50mm f1.4 ext images (7 of 16)ISO 1001-125 sec at f - 2.5

Because You Love the Bokeh

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Your Pets Love Them

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They Make Food Look Good


50mm Lenses Tend to Be Not Too Big or Too Small


Excellent Distortion Control

Canon 50mm f1.4 shot at f1.4 on the 5D Mk II

They’ll Teach You to Get Closer to Your Subjects

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They Beat the Hell Out of Kit Zooms


You’ll Get Addicted Really Fast

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It Forces You to Become a Better Shooter When Taken Seriously

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Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.