The Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, or commonly referred to as the nifty fifty, is a great lens that comes in with an amazing price tag of only $125 as I write this. For many, especially those on a budget, this is one of the first and most often recommended lens to pick up for any photographer of any genre.
This week's two-minute Tuesday with Peter McKinnon is all about this lens and why you should pick one up. Heads up, Peter does go past the two-minute mark with the total length being 4:11 but hey, most of us don’t mind. For such a low price with great performance, why wouldn’t you pick this up if you don't already have a 50mm lens? Even if you did, why not an extra for backup? This was the first lens I picked up, the price point definitely helped with that decision which was on sale for $100 at that time. When I first started off with my Canon T3i, the 50mm works as an 80mm focal-length for the crop sensor and I used this for my portrait work. Eventually, I upgraded the lens but I still have this one as a backup. For Nikon owners, you can check out the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens for $131.95.
In a recent article covering two lenses you should own for portrait photography, the 50mm was one of the recommended focal lengths to use. Do you own the Canon nifty fifty, what do you usually shoot with this lens?