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What to Do with Your New “Nifty Fifty” Fast Prime Lens

What to Do with Your New “Nifty Fifty” Fast Prime Lens

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Welcome to the world of large(r)-aperture prime lenses and congratulations on taking a large step forward in your photographic journey with your purchase of a “nifty fifty” 50mm (or 50mm equivalent) wide-aperture lens for your camera! Whether you know it or not, you have just acquired a tool that can dramatically and immediately improve your photography, and this article is designed to help you start getting the most out of your new lens.

Photographs © Todd Vorenkamp, taken with a 50mm (or 50mm equivalent) lens

Regardless of whether you have a 50mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.4 lens, or a 35mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 lens for an APS-C camera, when I say “50mm lens” in this article, I am referring to any lens that has a large aperture and a 35mm equivalent focal length of 50mm, like my workhorse FUJIFILM XF 35mm f/1.4 R. This article is also relevant to those folks who might have gotten a large-aperture 35mm focal length lens, as well.

The Kit Lens

Like many of us, you probably purchased your first DSLR or mirrorless camera with a “kit lens” or a pair of kit lenses. These are ideal for beginning photographers because they are small, lightweight zoom lenses that cover a wide range of focal lengths. The kit lens(es) allowed you to hit the ground running and start taking lots of different photographs right away. A good thing!

Bitten by the photographic bug, you either read my article The One Lens Every Photographer Should Have and Use: the 50mm, or a good friend—someone who always gives the very best advice—pointed you in the direction of your first large-aperture prime lens, and here we are!

Maybe you wanted to get blurrier backgrounds in your portraits, or maybe you wanted to shoot in low light. Either way, you made the right choice.

Also see this companion article: The Lens Every Photographer Should Have and Use: the 35mm.

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