Nifty Fifty?

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  1. yogibear

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    I hear all this hype about the nifty fifty. I assume its a 50mm lens but i was hoping someone could explain it in more detail for me.

    Is it a macro or standard lens? What is the appeal? Any examples of shots taken with one?

    Trying to compile a lens wish list for my Nikon D80 and just want to know more about this lens everyone loves.

    Thanks!
     
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    theres 50 threads on here about.. and they answer all your questions
     
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    Don't listen to chris, he's just messing with you. We've only answered 99.99% of your questions already :lol:
     
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    Well having just learned the terminology myself that the other threads are full of..... here's some info on the nifty fifty

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12142-USA/Canon_2514A002BA_Normal_EF_50mm_f_1_8.html

    That is the 50mm f/1.8 version of the "nifty fifty", and for Canon cameras. Because there is only one focal length listed (50mm) its not a zoom lens, but instead a prime lens. There is also a f/1.4 version, which is a larger aperture, which means it will let more light in- meaning a faster shutter speed, thus a faster lens. The 1.4 is made of metal, and costs much more.

    Both the 1.8 and 1.4 are "fast" compared to most other lens. So its much easier to take photos in lower light conditions.

    The 50mm length seems to be a pretty sweet spot. Though I won't go into the crop factor and what the actual field of field is (this depends on what camera you have) the 50mm is relatively close to the focal length of your eye, so things look just about how they do normally.
     
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    lol, my bad
     
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    People love it because it's the absolute cheapest lens you can buy aside from second hand. Couple that with it's aperture which allows a lot more light in than the standard kit lenses, and the small depth of field given at the widest aperture.

    It quite makes everything very easy, and very cheap.

    The more light you have, the less you have to worry about motion blur, additional lighting, flash settings, all that jazz.

    Aside from the cheapness of it, there isn't really anything unusual or special about it.

    It also harks back to the days of older SLR cameras where the standard lens that came with the camera was a 50mm prime lens. Primes were cheap, easy to use and widely available.

    Nowadays, it is quite the opposite...except for the "niftty fifty", being specifically the canon 50mm f1.8 prime lens that goes for around $100 USD. Aside from that lens, low aperture lenses are quite expensive now (aside from second hand).
     
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    There are two popular Nikon 50mm lenses, the f1.4 and f1.8. The f1.8 is much cheaper (around $150USD). It is a fixed length (non-zoom) lens. You can get close, but not really suitable for true macro since you can only focus on things more than about a foot away.

    Example shots: http://www.flickr.com/groups/nikkor50mm18/pool/

    The reason the 50mm f1.8 is so popular is because it is very cheap for a lens which has the same or better image quality than zoom lenses costing over $1000, and the f1.8 makes it great for low light and for shallow DOF for subject/background separation. In short, get this lens, your D80 will love it! :)
     
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    What other nikon body will this lense fit on ?D60 D80 D90 D200 D300 ?????

    Thank you
     
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    It will fit on any Nikon body, film and digital, both DX and FX size sensors. However it will not auto-focus on the D40, D40x and D60, but it will meter.
     
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    thanks andrew
     
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    Well i just bought mine for my d300 ...wanted to get some advise for the best settings on the camera witht this lense...any help will be apreciated
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    Thankyou
     
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    The best setting is easily 1/250 f5 focusing at 3 feet with a fill flash.

    Don't worry of course about where you're shooting, who or what you're shooting, what time of day it is, what ambient light there is, whether the subject is moving, what kind of effect you'd like, who the photo is for, what kind of end-product you'd achieve.

    Don't worry about anything, just use those settings 100% of the time, and you'll get better photos than any professional.

    P.S.
    What I said above is a secret. The art of taking Photo's isn't dynamic depending on the situation or circumstance. All you need are those magic settings above and you'll always take good photos.


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