What is the 50mm lens best for

3 months 3 weeks ago #667984 by Pat White
Eh, one more for me today.  

I've seen that 24mm are good for landscapes
35mm for street
85mm for portraits
105mm for macro


What about the 50mm, what exactly is this lens best for?  


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3 months 3 weeks ago #668002 by garyrhook

Pat White wrote: Eh, one more for me today.  

I've seen that 24mm are good for landscapes
35mm for street
85mm for portraits
105mm for macro


What about the 50mm, what exactly is this lens best for?  


Technically, any lens could be used for (almost) anything. It depends upon your aesthetic. For example, the 105 makes a great portrait lens, and macro lenses come in 60mm lengths.

Your job is to learn what each lens "looks" like, and then determine how to apply that to your work.

That said, I find 50mm almost worthless, and definitely uninteresting (for me). Don't own one, don't want one, and only land there (on my short zoom) when I'm doing full body or small group shots. That's not to say that I can't appreciate an image made with one, because I don't think about that when I'm looking at someone's work. And there are folks out there that are wizards with various lenses. I'm just not one of them.


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3 months 3 weeks ago #668112 by effron
I have three or four fifties going back to Nikon "E" glass. The zooms are so good I never even carry a fifty now, and the only time I use one is for example, when I want to work a little and walk light. Zooms made me a little lazy, but I've sorted photos by focal length and even with zoom lenses I never shoot at fifty! I get more use from a 30 or 35 prime.

Why so serious?
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3 months 3 weeks ago #668117 by Nikon Shooter

Pat White wrote: What about the 50mm, what exactly is this lens best for?  


The 50mm is the closest focal length to the human eye and is
called normal. From there, in one direction are the wide and wi-
der angles, and in the other direction the long and longer lenses.

The 50 mm is best when one wishes to capture a scene with a
perspective closest to the human eye.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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3 months 2 weeks ago #669103 by pixelster
This is camera is best because of 
1.Inexpensive
2. Small
3. Sharp
4. Versatile
5. They Work on Full Frame and Crop Sensor Cameras
6. They're Great for Low-Light Shooting
7. They're Fast
8. They're a Nice Focal Length
9. Help You Be More Creative


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3 months 2 weeks ago #669436 by Craig Stone
It's a solid walk around lens and really good for general stuff.  My 2 cents.  


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3 months 1 week ago #670256 by Mason Katz
I used this lens for just about everything, but then again I think because of the crop factor in my D7100, it's equivalent to a 75mm, which by most standards is a portrait lens. 


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3 months 1 week ago #670284 by garyrhook

Mason Katz wrote: I used this lens for just about everything, but then again I think because of the crop factor in my D7100, it's equivalent to a 75mm, which by most standards is a portrait lens. 


No, it's a 50mm lens, and that (is a physical attribute that) can't be changed. The view angle is narrower, which means you have to back up, which makes that focal length more acceptable as a portrait lens (because the geometry of the shot changes).


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3 months 1 week ago #670297 by CatherineW
+1 Yup, that's how she rolls 

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2 months 4 weeks ago #671161 by Travis Brunson
Do any of you use your 50 on a regular basis? 


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