So, you recently bought a DSLR in order to improve your photographic skills. Congratulations! It might be that you are still wondering how to achieve these typical portraits with blurred backgrounds. It could be that you are looking for new ways to master photography, to get creative. In this blog we present you the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, also known as the nifty fifty, and four reasons why we think you should buy it.
1. A prime lens forces you to think
Perspective and composition are very important aspects in photography. A zoom lens can result in a lazy attitude, where you try to get the shot from the position you are standing already. With a prime lens, you cannot zoom, and will be forced to walk around or choose a different angle. This will definitely help you to get more creative.
2. Amazing depth of field
Most of all, a prime lens like this one gives you the possibility to play with depth of field, and in the meantime familiarize yourself with basic concepts such as focus and aperture. Below are just two of the many beautiful examples of the results you can achieve with this lens.
3. Primes are crazy sharp
If you don’t want a blurry background, a prime is still your best friend. Because the lens is not as complex as a zoom lens, the lens can be completely optimized for sharpness and image quality. Even though this is a relatively cheap lens, the image quality is definitely something.
4. Great for low-light photography
We have seen how the large F1.8 aperture enables a very shallow depth of field. Next to that, this is also great for low-light photography. A larger aperture can capture more light, and helps you to do hand-held shots at night, or to keep your ISO setting as low as possible.
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
At just $110 the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is one of the cheapest lenses available for the Canon mount. In addition, It has significantly improved over its predecessor. The lens has a better build quality, such as a metal lens mount, instead of the plastic one that earned its predecessor the name ‘plastic fantastic’. Next to that the new model has more silent STM focussing and a better usable focus ring, which can now also be used for manual override. So in the end, Canon’s cheapest lens might actually be one of its best!
* All images in this post have been shot using the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM