Lens Talk

If there’s one question that is consistently asked of me it’s, “Mishi, which lens should I buy?”

You see, I was a budding photographer once, too, asking my more equipped and experienced photographer friends that very same question. Each time I was told that I should—without a doubt—add the *50mm f/1.4 lens to my camera bag.

And, I listened.

Now when I am asked that question, my answer is unequivocally, “Get the 50mm f/1.4!”


Well, it’s relatively inexpensive, it’s sharp, it’s compact and lightweight, it’s fast, and it can help create some fantastic, creative photography. It’s pretty much the perfect lens, in my humble opinion.

Let’s take a closer look:

It’s all about the value.

If you wanted to buy this lens right now, it would set you back $350. For the quality of this lens and the images that it will produce, that’s an excellent price. The 50mm f/1.4 is great value lens.

It’s sharp as a tack.

The lens has major versatile focus in that you can auto-focus, and then fine tune with the focus ring without even flipping between manual and auto on the lens.

It’s small enough to fit in your pocket.

I mean, I don’t recommend that you carry your lens in your pocket, but this lens could literally fit in your pocket. It’s 10.2 oz and dimensionally 2.9″ x 2″.

It’s just totally useful and lends to creativity.

When you aren’t able to use a flash or don’t have a lot of light this lens is awesome for indoor photography. It just devours all the available light and uses it as necessary. The wide aperture (being wide open at f/1.4) can help you create those dreamy bokeh effect shots.

The possibilities are endless.

Do you have a 50mm f/1.4? If so, share your favorite capture from your “nifty fifty”; I’d love to see!

*There is also a 50mm f/1.8 lens that many will say is just as good at the f/1.4, at a fraction of the cost. The main difference is that the f/1.8 is a plastic body and is a smidgen smaller. So, if you can’t get the f/1.4 and can only afford the f/1.8, I say go for it!

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