I am often asked by budding photography enthusiasts ” What lens should I buy?”
Well the options are endless and depends on what type of photography you want to pursue and how fat your wallet is. Let me warn you this advice is strictly for those who want to get their feet wet with photography and and are actually looking to expand beyond the kit lens. You might be a mom who wants to capture the precious moments of your sweet kid , a couple on honeymoon/vacation or simply some one who wants to capture some amazing moments spent with your friends and family.
Although it is natural to lean towards a zoom lens I would recommend you to take the road less traveled and instead grab a 50mm 1.8. It is the most affordable magic lens you can find in the market. Here are 3 reasons why I recommend you to pick up this magic lens.
1. Size matters!
If you are obsessed with taking photos of people and random day to day stuff, carrying a DSLR is already consuming a lot of space, adding a lens eats up more space. Besides a woman’s bag is like opening a Pandora’s box (at least mine is! no amount of space is ever enough ) You actually can just mount a 50mm on your camera and slip in to your hand bag and whip it out when you come across a photo op.
2. Butter Butter er… should I say bokeh bokeh!
In layman terms this lens blurs the background like butter and sometime gives you sparkly thingies. Also keeps you or the subject looking like a hero(ine) in a movie.
3. Low light you might!
Notice how dark your indoor pictures are when you use your kit lens? Well this lens solves the problem quite a bit. You can make do with amazing pictures without a flash in most indoor settings.
Although I do shoot with a variety of high end lenses, I often reach out for this magic lens for shooting personal photos, my beloved Mandy, and vacation pictures. Now every thing has its pros and cons, and so does this one too. Since this is a prime lens or what you call it as a block /fixed lens there is absolutely no room for zoom. You have to use your sexy (ripped for the boys) legs to do that bit. Personally I don’t find it as con, cause it allows me to walk up to the subject closer or move away from it. When shooting random day to day life, it gives me a chance to interact with people I photograph and talk to them.