The world famous 50mm Prime Lens, better known as the infamous “Nifty Fifty”. Dollar for dollar, you would be hard pressed to beat it. A prime 50mm will outshine any kit lens and even outshines most zooms too.
50mm lenses mimic the field of vision of the human eye and therefore this translates into a accurate scene for your photos. This is partially why sometimes 50mm lens are called, “normal lenses.” or “standard”, when combined with good photographic technique, a 50mm can make people feel more as if they are actually in the moment you are capturing.
The most exciting aspect of a 50mm lens is it’s wide aperture.. It's fast glass! Generally, most 50mm lens have a aperture of f1.8 or wider. That’s a lot of light gathering! It makes all the difference in the world shooting in low light.
Now for the best part.. KILLER BOKEH… Bokeh is the Japanese word for a aesthetic quality of blur. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.
We’ve all seen the photos of a beautiful woman in perfect focus while the background is a creamy out of focus blur. That’s BOKEH! A 50mm is worth the investment just for the bokeh alone! Every photographer should own one. If you're still shooting with the standard kit lens that came with your camera, do yourself a favor and take the plunge. You won't regret it!
Now get out and shoot!