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My Favorite Things: Canon 50mm 1.8 Lens

It’s Monday again! I hope everyone’s week is off to a fabulous start!

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that today is the day I share about one of my favorite things. And this Monday is no exception. And it’s photography-related. And it’s awesome.

Behold……the Canon 50 mm 1.8 lens.

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I really meant to take [and share] just one image if this lens. Last Thursday and Friday, I was at a conference in Daytona Beach. I had a few minutes between sessions, and I decided to shoot this lens in the upper hallway. I loved the light so much that I ended up doing a mini photo session. I placed the lens on one of several acrylic display cases, and I really like the reflections. Plus the hallway was flooded with gorgeous natural light from several giant windows. Sometimes the best locations are completely unexpected!

You’ve probably noticed the lens hood, which stays on it it 95% of the time. I know many photographers shoot without lens hoods, but I’m a firm believer in them…..for two reasons: (1) The hood cuts down on the glare. (I remove the hood when I’m intentionally trying to get sun flare.) AND (2) It has saved my lens from damage many times. I tend to be a bit clumsy. It’s better to ding the hood than smash the lens.

The Canon 50 mm 1.8 lens is awesome, and let me tell you why:

(1) It is inexpensive. This is the actually the older (II) version. The update of this lens is said to be a little sharper in the center. At the time of this post, its retail price is a mere $125.

(2) It’s actually a decent lens, considering the price. There are numerous blog posts comparing the 50 mm 1.8 with the 1.4 and 1.2.

(3) If you have only ever used zoom lenses, this makes a wonderful first prime lens.

(4) It’s small and very lightweight. That makes it easy to shoot and carry around. Plus, it also draws less attention from strangers than a huge lens tends to do, which is almost always a good thing.

This Canon 50 mm 1/8 lens was MY first prime lens, so it holds a special place in my heart. However, in the interest of full disclosure, the next lens I’m planning to purchase is the Sigma 50 mm 1/4 Art for Canon. But I intend to  hang on to my “nifty fifty” lens. 

Please share….what is your favorite lens?????

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