Is Canon Working On Multiple 50mm F1.4 Updates?

The current Canon 50mm f1.4 lens dates back to 2003. 

For a long time in the Canon system one of the most widely requested lenses to be updated was the 50mm F1.8, and after year and years of praying, Canon finally gave us the 50mm F1.8 STM. A modern nifty fifty for today’s DSLRs. But that left another lens in Canon’s lineup long overdue for an update as well, the 50mm F1.4 – and if the reports we are hearing are accurate, we may be getting at least one in the not so distant future. Continue reading…

Quick Tips on Getting The Most Out Of Your 50mm Lens While Shooting Portraits

Your 50mm Lens is one heck of a portrait optic

If there was one focal length that you could pin as the all-time most recommended focal length, chances are it would be 50mm. There are many reasons for this, ranging from the pleasing ‘normal’ field of view with a slight telephoto feel and minimal distortion to the affordability of fast F1.8 versions, and the simple versatility of the focal length for a variety of uses.

One of the 50mm focal lengths most popular uses though is portraiture; and if you are new to the 50mm focal length you may be wondering how you can get the best results when using one for portraits. If that is the case, you have come to the right place, and here are our tips for getting the most out of your 50mm lens. Continue reading…

Two Must-Have Portrait Lenses for Portrait Photographers

Screenshot image from the video by Manny Ortiz

So, you’ve decided to focus on portrait photography and want to start putting together a gear setup that will let you achieve the best results. Choosing the right lens is a big part of working with portraiture, so if you’re still looking, Chicago-based portrait photographer Manny Ortiz talks about his recommendations in a recent video.

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50mm vs 35mm Lenses: a Visual Guide for Portrait Photography

With wider angle lenses becoming better and better, photographers are bound to ask the question of 50mm vs 35mm lenses and how they relate to portraiture. For years now, it was never recommended that photographers use something like a 35mm or a 50mm lenses. In fact, the shortest focal length recommended was an 85mm–to some degree that’s still true. But in many situations, a 35mm and 50mm lens can be awesome. Photographers who perhaps come from a street background or prefer to work physically closer to their subjects may like the 50mm and 35mm lens options. So in this post, we’re going to explore why you’d choose one over the other.

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Quick Tips on Making the Most of Your 50mm Lens for Portraits

50mm lenses are among the most popular out there, in large part because of their relative ease of use in virtually any situation or niche of photography, but also thanks to their affordability compared to other lenses photographers may be considering. But let’s say that you just added a 50mm lens to your kit, how could you make the most of it if you were, say, a portrait photographer?

If you are asking that question then this is the post for you. Continue reading…

New Patents Further Point to Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless System

We have been following reports for months now that Nikon is at work on a full frame mirrorless system to take on Sony in the full frame mirrorless segment. These reports have been based, at least in part, on Nikon confirmations of a ‘pro’ mirrorless system that they have in development. However, to this point, no official confirmation has been made in regards to the system being full frame or not. But we have been given yet another clue pointing to a full frame mirrorless system. Continue reading…

What Makes a 50mm Lens So Special, and Why You Should Use It?

As we mentioned in our 35mm post, we are going to be taking a look at various focal lengths, describing what makes them unique from the others and for what reasons you may want to use them in your kit. 35mm was a great place to start, but today we are moving on to the 50mm lens. It is one of the most popular and most common lenses there is, and that is for a reason, and here is why. Continue reading…

Portrait Focal Lengths, Putting Myths Aside For Clarity

Surely you have run into this situation while trying to get a better handle on what sort of lenses and gear you should invest in for portraits. You have a small space and you are asking for wide angle lens suggestions and everyone goes off the deep end about not using wide angle lenses for portrait without actually explaining why; or by using over simplified responses like ‘bad distortion!’ Continue reading…