Do you have a lens in your kit that delivers results every time? Is it your go-to lens or is it one that you don't use as much as you should?
I have a confession to make: I absolutely love my 50mm f/1.8 lens. It never lets me down and delivers strong results every time I shoot with it. The lens is adorably compact, as lightweight as I could want a lens to be, and is consistently sharp from frame to frame. What more could a person ask for? All things considered, this 50mm lens is one of my absolute favorite pieces of gear, and I understand and agree when people say that everyone should have one in their bag.
Now full disclosure, if all things were equal, I would actually prefer to shoot with my 85mm lens, as I generally prefer the look and feel of that focal length in my work. With that being said, though, I can think of multiple scenarios in which the 85mm isn't an ideal choice for the scene. First, the Sigma 85mm is ludicrously heavy, so if I'm not on a tripod, I can forget about dropping the shutter speed if I want to avoid camera shake. Second, depending on where you're shooting, the space may not allow for that kind of focal length. In these shots, for example, if I had been using my 85mm I would have had to wade much farther out into the water for some of the shots, so far that I wouldn't have been comfortable holding my camera with chest-high water levels and waves around me.
The 50mm f/1.8 is lightweight, which allows me to drop my shutter speed while still remaining steady enough for hand-holding my camera (or at least drop my shutter speed much lower than I could holding my 85mm). It's a focal length with a look that I like for portraits, as it looks great for both full-length and three-quarter shots. The bottom line is this is one of those reliable lenses that delivers magic when you're shooting with it.
Leave a comment about your experience shooting at 50mm. Is it one that you shoot often? Do you use it for multiple types of photography? Not to mention that you can get a great lens for under $250, it's hard to make a case against owning one of these. I know that I have shot mine for landscapes in addition to portraits and have had great success. If I find myself in a scene where I'm questioning my 85mm, I am definitely going straight to my 50mm.