The 50mm prime lens is often a photographer's favourite, perfect for portraits, product photography and low light conditions. They offer sharpness that zoom lenses cannot touch. Today, we have a collection of 50 great photos from around the internet that were made with the renowned 50mm lens.
I used to not understand the 50mm prime. In my mind, it was pointless having a "fixed" lens when there were so many good quality zoom lenses around. However after borrowing a friend's 50mm for a weekend I decided to purchase my own. I can tell you now it almost never comes off my camera. It has completely changed my attitude toward photography in the short time I have owned it.
With a prime lens, you have to work for your shots. No zooming in. You have to take a step closer or a step back. You suddenly think about framing your shots a lot more. You then take these techniques and apply them to any camera/lens combination.
The 50mm prime on average allows an aperture around F1.4 on a mid ranged price lens, F1.8 on the cheaper ones and F1.2 on the pro series. This allows for some seriously creative shots with a very shallow depth-of-field.
The sharpness of these lenses are amazing. I would suggest opening a couple of these photos up and looking at the large sized view as they are stunning.
If you have never used a 50mm, I suggest picking one up. The cheaper ranges start at around $130, which is pretty respectable in the current market.
If you didn't see last years collection of 50mm prime shots check them out: "80 Awe-Inspiring Photographs Taken With a “Nifty Fifty”
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This photo is actually 29 separate 50mm shots then merged together. - Have a look at the full view!
This image is a composite of several images shot through the viewfinder of telescope with a 50mm lens.
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Thanks For Reading!
I hope you enjoyed looking through these images.
Feel free to share links to other inspiring images - your own, or other's - in the comments, and please make sure you comment on the original photographer's photos as well!
This article was written in memory of my Canon 50mm F1.4 which I accidentally dropped last week. Moral of the story, make sure you camera bag zip is done up!
If you wish to use any of the photos in this article please get in touch with the photographer first!