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BEST $100-$200 you'll ever spend

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Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM ($125): http://sdp.io/C50 Nikon FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G ($216): http://sdp.io/N50 Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 ($198): http://sdp.io/S5018 Pentax …


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  1. Absolutely agree. A decent prime lens (or two) will make a tremendous difference in the kinds of photos you take. I shoot Canon with a crop sensor, and I have a 50 f1.4, 28 f1.8, as well as a couple of zooms. When my 'workhorse' f2.8 17-55 had to go into the shop for a repair, I left the 28 prime on the camera for quite a while, and I never felt like it was holding me back. I was just shooting differently, and I really enjoyed it. On a Canon crop sensor, 28mm is a little wider than "normal" FOV, but I like the feel of it.

  2. I am sure this is not a new idea, but along with limiting a student to one prime lens I also had them limit their exposures to 4 – back in the olden days of film. This seemed to make them slow down and think about each image. It worked with those with the patience and capability to analyze the image before before capturing it. In addition, I borrowed this from Fred Picker- when a student asked "What will happen if I (do this)…." His answer was "Try It!.

  3. I just did 3 corporate portraits at work. I'm the I.T. guy, and my photo hobby is nature photography, but no-one else was available…. Had to get a nice blurred background of the city skyline in the window behind the execs, obviously balanced with fill flash. Used my nifty fifty, it was perfect for the job, and I think I did pretty well. Damn good bang for the buck, though not a good bird lens 🙂

  4. I really like my Nikkor 50mm F 1.8 G it was in fact the first lens i bought for my D800 and i'm loving it! My second lens is the old Tramron 70-200 F2.8 Di IF Macro which is nice too but if i look at my Lightroom stats i've used the niftyfifty way more (60%).

  5. This was my first lens purchase a few years back when I got into photography. As loads have said below, I also love the 24mm f/2.8 pancake lens. Small and compact yet still bright and sharp, it's barely bigger than the lens cap so I can keep it on while walking around with my camera and always get the shot if something happens.

  6. im big fan of your's..I have Cannon 1300d and 55-250 IS STM lens..55-250mm IS STM lens, I can take pictures like 50mm prime lens…video tutorial link please..if not video tutorial please make a video tutorial this topic…thank you advance

  7. I am a big fan of the 35mm f/2 IS. It is not as cheap as the 50mm, but also not super expensive. It is very lightweight, sharp and has image stabilization. That is combination with f/2 and a modestly wide focal length makes it the best lens for handheld photos at low light. It makes handheld nightshots at ISO 200 or even ISO 100 possible and that is really fun, as many cities like London or Paris forbid the use of tripods without written permission.

  8. Thank You Tony! I Love your videos. and I have learnt alot from them over the past few months. I was lucky enough to get this free with my kit that also came with a 55-250mm IS. the portraits I get with these are amazing!

  9. If you want to save even more, buy Yongnuo 50mm F1.8 same as Canon only 60$ (ebay). Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D + Yongnuo 50mm F1.8 Perfect budget/compact combo for anyone.

  10. In your side-by-side portrait comparisons, I actually prefer the 18-55mm Canon and iphone shots better. However I feel that's primarily because the perspective makes those images fill the frame with the subject more. However, they also look snappier than the 50mm 1.8 images, which seem sort of flat or muted. Interesting.

  11. At one time I had a Nikon EM with 3 plastic primes (35,50, & 100mm)…small, lite weight, and because of that I most often just kept the 100mm lens on all the time. The camera quit working so I gave the lens to my brotherinlaw. My replacement camera became the Olympus m4/3 Pen Lite E-PL5 with 2 kits lenses. Where am I going with all this , I just recently purchased the 25mm 1.8 prime lens for the camera. WOW am I happy about that (chose 25mm over 45mm for indoor shots). Shoots just like the old days with my Nikon EM.

  12. Please explain again how a 1.8 lets in more light, gives a shallower depth of field etc etc because i am sure us photographers dont really know about how apertures work. You are so patronising!

  13. For entry-level Nikons, for sure the DX 35 mm f/1.8 is the best second lens. I also liked the now-already-quite-old Sigma 17-50 mm f/2.8, which you can buy with a very affordable price.

  14. I would recommend buying the Canon 24mm as a second lens. It's sturdy, versatile and a more reasonable choice for APS-C cameras, because of the crop factor. The super small size makes your camera more portable.

  15. I own this lens and Tony is right – it's great. Small, good auto focus, perfect for portraits, especially on an APS-C camera where it works like an 80mm f/2.8 lens. There is another prime, which i would strongly recommend. The Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM (not for full frame cameras). It's even cheaper, even smaller and not zoomed in, like 80mm feels in some situations.

  16. The problem is the crop factor for APS C bodies, especially for Canon. 35mm would be the best equivalent lens if you want 50mm but here's the problem:

    If it's Nikon you are laughing, 35mm at 1.8 is around $100-200, same as the 50mm 1.8 roughly for both Canon/Nikon.
    But 35mm 1.8 Canon around the same price…. doesn't exist or other 35mm's cost way more! So your forced to either 24mm or 40mm which both aren't even 1.8's either!

    So for a beginner on a tight budget, Canon is a bit of a pain!

  17. So what general zoom lens do you recommend for the canon aps c body. An upgrade from the kit lens with equivalent or near enough zoom range????? Ive tried DXOMARK webite but nothing out there thats any good for an APS C body. So what canon lens do you recommend???? I know you like the sigma art lens but that only has a limit zoom range.

  18. I currently own the 50mm 1.8 along with the Canon 80D and am having focusing issues. I'm not sure if it's the camera or the lens. I can focus fine in manual but autofocus isn't very good. If I'm taking portraits and set the focusing point on the person's eye, for example, it won't be very sharp. I have to focus manually if I want sharp portraits. If anyone could help me out with this, I would really appreciate it!

  19. I shoot with a Canon APS-C (80D), and If we're talking about primes (specifically) an alternative would be the 24mm f2.8 pancake. It's fast, sharp and ridiculously light, due to it's super small form factor. It's been an awesome lens for me.

  20. I've recently bought a canon 800D with kit lens and wanted to add another (affordable) lens before going on holiday. Would this 50mm work well for street photography? Or it is mainly for portraits? Thanks!

  21. After 14 years owning a Rebel XT, I recently decided to get back into photography some to do my own headshots and decided on the new SL3… I was never super invested in my XT, and the only second lens I ever bought for it was an EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM that turns out to have been a great choice.

    I ordered the “nifty fifty” with my new camera, and it arrived several days earlier. I put it on my 14 y/o XT. I was immediately absolutely, positively blown away by the vast improvement in image quality. I purchased it primarily for background blur (just learned from one of your other videos about “sweet spot” and found f/2.8 to be the sweet spot of this lens, an F with still super nice blur), but I was so floored also by the improvement in color, sharpness, things I would have never even imagined.

    I opened this video not knowing what it would be talking about. You can't imagine the confidence boost and validation you gave me from this! THANK YOU! It is only the second separate lens I have ever purchased!

  22. Wait, isn't the Panasonic 25mm F1.7 the "nifty fifty" for M4/3? I mean it is literally 50mm FF equivalent and it costs 100 Bucks less then the Olympus 45mm! The 45mm is more of a portrait lens. The 25mm feels more universally usable to me! Any one got a different opinion? Can you explain why?

  23. This lens is really fantastic. It was exactly my second lens and it just really taught me a lot. Even today, thousands of dollars in glass later, I still enjoy that lens and it's imperfections don't look lousy like many other cheap lenses from Canon.

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