canon 50mm f1.8

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  1. vinski

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    So I purchased this lens with the recommendation of a really good photographer.

    I know it allows more light into the frame (which equals better definition?)but what are other significant and insignificant things to know about this lens. Other than it only cost me about 100 bucks!
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Fast Aperture
    Prime Lens
    One of the best bargains within the Canon line.


    Noisey "Zippy" Autofocus motor
    Eh.. build quality
     
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    More light allows for a faster shutter speed.... the large max aperture will also allow you to create a shallow depth of field so you can selectively focus on things.
     
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    The bad thing is.. you will move around like a frogger game LOL.
     
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    Alright, I guess the prime lens part of it is something I have to get used to... I keep wanting to adjust the focal length. Any particular types of Photography this is ideal for?
     
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    primes help you focus on composition. it restricts you to one focal length thus making you move to get your shot.
     
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    The lens is good for low-light photography, portrait, or for creating a shallow DOF.
     
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    muchas gracias!
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Not if you understand the uses and characteristics of each particular lens and choose the one that fits the need at the time. :D
     
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    Pros for the nifty-fifty: Good optics, fast, usable focal length for classic portraiture. Good value.

    Cons: Cheap construction, slower noisy focus motor, fair bokeh compared to the f1.4 or f1.2L.

    It is a good lens to have around when you need a medium distance prime. If it is a lens that you use a lot, then for the money, the f1.4 would be a better choice unless you have a need for the f1.2L.
     
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    just got mine and so far, been really enjoying it.

    it's really helping me get a handle on DOF and making me work on my creative composition. can't beat it for the price!
     
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    one of my favorite lens because of the price and the photo it can take! However, if you have couple more to spend, you should get the 1.4 :)
     

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