How to Stop Being Bored with a Standard 50mm Lens

The 50mm lens puts photographers into one of two camps. Some subscribe to it like they’re going to church. They listen to its every word and receive joy similar to being part of a passionate community. Other photographers think the 50mm lens is also like church, but they’re the folks who sleep during the sermon until someone lets them know they’re snoring. Those people will keep a 50mm lens around just because they might need one. But in the past few years, I’ve found ways to make the 50mm lens less boring.

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3 Helpful Tips on Using a 50mm Lens on an APS-C Camera

The nifty 50 lens is wonderful for so many photographers out there.

The 50mm lens is a place where so many photographers start. They get one and figure out if they want to go wider, longer, or use a zoom. Most folks opt for APS-C cameras for a cost savings benefit. And if you’re going for one of those, then you’ll probably reach for a 50mm lens. So we’ve come up with a few tips to remember when shooting with a 50mm lens on an APS-C camera.

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The First 50mm Lenses Every New Photographer Should Get

If you want to get better at photography, 50mm lenses are the way to go.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the biggest fan of 50mm lenses. Sometimes they’re too long. Sometimes they’re too short. But they’ll take great pictures. And if you’re new to photography, you’ll probably enjoy your new zoom kit lens. But to actually become better, you’ll need a 50mm. From there, you can figure out if you need something longer or shorter. We went into our reviews index and found many 50mm lenses photographers should start out with. Now, mind you, they’re not perfect. But for the money, they’re doing a great job.

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Why You Should Adore the Awesome 50mm Lens for Photography

As the Reviews Editor for The Phoblographer, I’m often solicited for lens recommendations from beginner photographers. Time and time again, I find myself recommending the 50mm. 50mm lenses make for great additions to every photographer’s arsenal. This is especially true for those just starting and wanting to graduate beyond their kit lenses. It’s a versatile focal length that bridges the gap between wide-angle and telephoto. 50mm lenses, particularly f1.8 versions, are very affordable as well. So versatile, in fact, that many photographers colloquially refer to their budget 50mm lens as a “Nifty Fifty.” On the fence about picking up a Nifty Fifty of your own? Head past the jump to see all you can achieve with the 50mm focal length.

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Perfect Portraits: 3 Budget Portrait Lenses For the Sony E System under $1,000

Portrait photography is no doubt 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 top budget oriented portrait lenses for the Sony E 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 Canon’s EOS system, and will continue on to the other systems after we hit Sony’s today.

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Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Launches New 50mm f0.95 Nocturnus II for Sony E Mount

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz has announced the upcoming release of its all-new Nocturnus II 50mm f0.95 Lens for full frame Sony E-Mount. With scheduled shipping for January 2017, the lens is currently available for pre-order at camera stores worldwide. Made in Germany, Meyer Gorlitz lenses are made with high quality components and fine-tuned by undergoing a rigorous test procedure with tight tolerances. The 50mm f/0.95 Nocturnus II will follow in this manufacturing tradition and is a lens Meyer Gorlitz hopes will appeal to photographers looking for a low-light capable lens that delivers the image quality they expect. Continue reading…

How I Grew to Hate the 50mm Focal Length

Chris GampatThe Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 V2 images (2 of 2)ISO 1001-60 sec at f - 1.4

“Use a 50mm lens! It’s got a normal perspective! It will see just like you see! Taking photos will never be easier! Look at all the glorious bokeh!”

No. Just no. No a thousand times and a million times over that. So long have I heard something preached over and over again to consumers and photographers in general just starting to get into the photography world and too long have I wanted to say that it is nothing else but absolute garbage.

I was just like many of you at one point or another: a photographer that was a total novice and looking to learn about anything while trying to discover myself as a photographer. And in many cases I used the 50mm focal length. It really started with my 5D Mk II and the 50mm f1.8 II–otherwise known to many shooters as the cheapest nifty fifty you can get your hands on. Yes, it’s sharp when stopped down. Yes, you can get beautiful bokeh. And even more so, you can make potential clients look good and deliver beautiful images with one.

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The Confessions of a 50mm Lens Addict

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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. Continue reading…

Quick Comparison: Canon 50mm f/1.8, Sigma 50mm f/1.4, and Zeiss 50mm f/1.4

A few months back we took a look at Sigma’s excellent 50mm f/1.4 and compared it to quite possibly the best value in photography, Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 II. My thought when performing this comparison was to determine if the Sigma was truly and upgrade from the nifty fifty. While Canon’s nifty fifty put up an amazing fight, we found the Sigma to be better lens is just about every way. This was to be expected from a lens that costs nearly four times as much as the nifty fifty.

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Field Review: Nikon D3100 (Day 4)

Camera Nikon D3100 Exposure 20 Aperture f/16.0 Focal Length 50 mm ISO Speed 100

It was a cold, quiet, crisp morning in my hometown: the type of day I would usually shoot with my 50mm lens on my D90. After a little thought and a cup of tea I put my Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D lens on the D3100. We love 50mm Prime lenses here on The Phoblographer. They are low cost and great to shoot with. We have written a few posts on this subject. I thought it would be interesting to use my 50mm F/1.8 to shoot some Bokeh and have some fun.

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The Minolta 50mm AF f/1.7, a Love Story


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Let me be clear, in my entire kit of six lenses and a Maxxum Htsi-Plus body, the 50mm is the only lens I ever paid for. The 50mm sits at the front of the group comprised of 28-80mm AF f/3.5-5.6, 28mm AF f/2.8, 35-70mm AF f/4, 135mm AF f/2.8, and a 70-210mm AF f/4. A very special thanks goes out to my dad for the middle three lenses and to Gevon Servo for the 70-210mm. The 50mm cost me $139 at B&H, and it is quite possibly the best $139 I ever spent.

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Why Everyone Needs an 85mm Lens

During the course of time that I’ve been a photographer, I’ve blogged about the 50mm lens and just how incredibly useful it is. Overtime though, the 85mm F1.8 for Canon has steadily become my go to lens for many situations. Not only is it sharp, delivers wonderful color and very useful, but it gives a different perspective on the things you photograph.

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