So you may have heard many photographers talking about a “nifty-fifty” or also know as the 50mm 1.8 lens. Both Canon and Nikon have a version. If you are a new photographer, or are looking to make a purchase of your next lens you might be wondering “is the lens right for me?” Maybe it is…or maybe not. Keep reading to learn 3 reasons why you would NOT want to buy the 50mm 1.8 camera lens.
Reason 1: You Don’t Want Sharp Focus
If you are totally happy with the focus of your kit lens and you think your photos are coming out as sharp as they could possibly get, the 50mm 1.8 might not be your lens. HOWEVER, if you are just kind of content with the clarity, but think that you could produce sharper images with clearer focus- then the 50mm 1.8 would be a good choice for you to upgrade to. The nifty-fifty will give you better focus and clearer photos than the kits lens that probably came with your camera.
(shot with a 50mm 1.8 lens with a Canon T3i)
Reason 2: You’d Rather Spend Lots of Money
If money is no issue and you are not on a budget, then this lens probably isn’t for you. If you have a few thousand dollars laying around to spend on camera equipment, I’d recommend you buy the 135mm or better yet a 200mm 2.0 (that one’s close to 6 grand). HOWEVER, if you like your money and want to save it to purchase products that are still great value but will not break your bank, the 50mm 1.8 is an awesome value for the price. Usually you can pick one of these guys up for around $100.
Reason 3: You Don’t Want to Be Amazed by the Results
If you would like a lens that is heavy to carry around that takes so-so photos that you may or may not love, then this is not the lens to get. BUT, if you would like to see almost instant results with your photos, the 50mm 1.8 would be a great one to invest in. When I first starting shooting with this lens, I was amazed! I wondered why I didn’t invest in it much sooner!
(shot with a 50mm 1.8 lens on a Canon t3i camera body)
Hopefully you’ve figured out by now, that I would totally recommend this lens for anyone that is new to photography or is looking to make their first lens purchase. It is an excellent lens to start with and is also a lens I’ve owned for quite awhile now. So what are you waiting for?! You will love it:)
What lens are you using right now? Do you love it? Let us know in a comment below.
For another lens review of one of my personal faves- check out why you SHOULD look into getting a 135mm.