The Nifty Fifty
(also the 35mm APSC & 25mm M4/3)
You often see ten reasons why to buy a 50mm prime, so here is my take but with…
- Great Value! … but…
- …Prime Quality – it may be your sharpest lens.
- Wide Aperture.
- Low Light Work.
- Minimum Depth of Field (separation).
- Little Distortion.
- Improves Your Photography (thinking, less zooming).
- Slows you down.
- Good for Travelling: travel portraits and landscapes in high quality and also shooting interiors or at night on your travels.
- Macro (Go beyond 1:1 by buying a Cheap Reversing Ring).
- Normal View, Similar to your eyes field of view.
- GigaPixel Images – With less distortion it is easier to stitch multiple views from a single scene together for ultra high definition images.
- Landscapes – A mid range Landscape is superb with a 50mm. Plus, Panoramas (stitch three together in Lightroom or PSCC for a panoramic landscape).
- Portraits, treat it as a short portrait lens. Great for half and full length portraits with shallow depth of field.
- Street Photography. Many street photographers favour the 50mm lens. Henri Cartier-Bresson, master of street photography used a 50mm prime lens a lot of the time.
- Still Life: Works as a great quality tabletop still life option.
- Architecture… Architecture is not just about the whole building, if you want to get in and show high quality detailed areas then a 50mm prime will show this at its best.
Whats in my bag when I go out on a job?
FF equivalents of the 50mm, 35mm, 90mm, 14mm & 8mm. Also a lonely 24-70mm which usually stays in the bag.