The canon lineup has a wide variety of cameras. Like the Canon 600D, which I covered in my last article, or the infamous Canons 7D (although it may be rare in the market in some regions, it is still a beast!). Not only cameras but canon also features a wide variety of lenses. But of course, not everything is cheap. And if you are someone like me who wants to get the most out of their camera, but doesn’t want to sell his home in doing so, then the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens is the best lens you can get to go along with your Canon camera.
You ask why? Let me tell you five reasons exactly why Canon 50mm f1.8 is the perfect lens for you if you are getting started in the photography world.
1. King of Portraits:
Are you fond of portraits like this one?
Canon’s 50mm is the best prime lens when it comes to portrait shots. Not to worry, if you are an amateur, just stepping into the world of photography or a professional photographer, 50mm will give you excellent results either way. And you don’t need an expensive camera body for that either. I am using my Canon 700D and proudly rocking my Canon 50mm, f1.8 STM lens.
Canon offers three lenses with a 50mm focal length. One is f 1.8, the other one is f.14, and the last one is f1.2. They may only seem to differ in their aperture numbers, but the price takes a huge jump. The cost of a Canon 50mm f 1.8 STM lens is about $120-$160. You can even get it more cheaply from eBay or some other site. But the price of Canon 50mm f1.4 is about $400. That is more than double the price!
There is a reason why Canon 50mm f 1.8 is named the “Nifty-Fifty” and the “Plastic-fantastic”. The body of this lens may be plastic (although the STM version now has a metallic ring mount), but the lens is pretty durable. Just remember to buy the STM version, as the motor is much better (more on STM at the end of the article).
2. Excellent low light photography
No flash? Don’t have good professional lightning? No problem. Just pop in the Mr. Plastic-fantastic, and you are good to go.
The faster aperture of this lens allows for excellent low light photography. With a standard kit lens, you need to increase your ISO in order to get a good photo at f 5.6 (the maximum allowed by the standard kit lens). That is bound to make your photos messy and grainy, which looks very unprofessional.
With the Nifty-Fifty, no need to worry about low lighting. You can just lower the ISO and still take great shots at low light, with lesser grains, making the picture crisper and more professional.
3. Beautiful Bokeh
Who doesn’t love Bokeh? Bokeh gives a sense of depth and realism to your photos. Especially the Bokeh of these 50mm lenses because they happen to resemble somewhat when our eyes are focused on some object. So, this gives a sense of realism and hence the beauty in the shot.
The out-focus objects will leave the in-focus object more beautiful and mesmerizing. This is only possible because of the fast aperture of this lens, which causes a shallower depth of field.
As you can see, the peacock (once again our subject) is the in-focus object while the background is out of focus. This produces a much more significant impact, and the bird appears even more beautiful with its vibrant colors.
4. Canon 50mm f1.8 will be the only lens you are going to need
Travelling is fun. Who doesn’t love to travel? But with travelling comes a lot of luggage. And with all those luggage, if you add 4, 5 more lenses, things can get really messy.
If you are someone who happens to resemble me and loves to travel a lot but doesn’t like to carry a lot of luggage with them, then the only thing you will need will be your 50mm lens. This lens has to be the most versatile lens of them all.
Like I have already said, this lens is perfect for those amazing portraits that everyone just loves to take. But this lens is also great when it comes to taking a group photo. Or if you are like me, who loves to take pictures of nature, then you will just love using the Canon’s Nifty-Fifty.
When I am out, travelling with my friends or family, I tend to carry only my Canon 600D, a charger, and a 50mm f1.8 lens. And I capture every shot; whether it be a group photo, photos of nature, or portraits of my friend, every image is captured by the same lens. And the results speak for themselves.
Bonus: Why should you buy the Canon 50mm f 1.8 STM lens?
So, it looks like I may have convinced you into buying the canon 50mm lens. But before you go and rush to the store, let me tell you one key point that you need to understand before purchasing any lens. Whether it be this one or any other, you tend to buy in the future. BUY THE STM VERSION OF THE LENS.
STM stands for the stepper motor. It not only reduces the noise the lens makes while focusing (the non-STM lens sounds like a rocket taking off when it is focusing!) but is also a little bit more durable thanks to the metallic ring mount introduced by canon in the 50mm f1.8 version.
If you want to use the Canon 50mm lens for vlogging and video shooting, I highly recommend you get the STM version. As during videos, when you are constantly moving around, your camera tends to change its focus. During that time, the STM motor really helps out as there is little to no noise while focusing. Use the casual lens without the STM during your video, and you will curse me for recommending this lens.
If you are a camera fan but don’t have the budget to buy expensive cameras, check out this article where I have explained why the Canon 600D is best to buy even in 2021. Keep visiting our website for more updates on cameras, technology and much more.