A Beginners Guide To The Nifty Fifty

Full Disclosure:  I am not a photographer, simply a gal with a creative eye and a passion for pictures. This article is meant for the DSLR beginner looking to explore their options.  🙂

If you are new to DSLR photography (like me), and looking to improve, you are likely contemplating your options.

Your kit lens (the one that came with your DSLR) is good enough to get you going as you learn to navigate all the bells and whistles outside of the “Auto” setting, but once you start playing…you’ll want more options.

The 50mm Canon lens (aka the Nifty Fifty) is the most logical choice – in my humble opinion – for any budding photographer. In addition to being very reasonably priced, it is an exceptionally versatile lens. You can likely head out for a day of street photography with this one and not need to switch it up.

If you’re like me and looking to explore depth of field and create that blurred background around your subject, this lens is a perfect choice. The f-stop drops to 1.8, which is significantly lower than your kit lens so you can really start to play around with this sort of look in your shots.

You can also choose what part of your photo composition that you would like in focus as well, so I thought that was pretty cool.  In the photos below, you’ll notice the foreground featuring the elephant is in focus and the books are blurred and in the second photo, the books are in focus even though they are behind the elephant.


This lens does however have a fixed focal length which means you cannot zoom, so you will have to take longer adjusting the composition of your shots.

All in all, I absolutely love this lens and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to up the ante with their photography.

Happy shooting!

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