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    Default why do a lot of photographers have 50mm lens?

    it seems that a lot of photographers have this 50mm lens.

    it seemed to me that it is a "standard" lens....can someone tell me why this 50mm lens is so common?

    what's the purpose of a 50mm lens?

    and should i buy it?

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    its a great lens for portraits and just walking around to shoot! light and also very sharp
    Budget wedding photographer :)

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    Not just that, and the other reason is the focal length is roughly what our eyes see.

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    Lens is light; images are sharp. I use my 50mm f1.4 for walkabout esp during vacations.

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    but without zoom, don't u find it a bit hard to use? if i want to take a pic ...if the subject not near enough, i have to walk nearer or move backward ....

    unlike zoom lens, i can compose while i am standing at a fixed place....

    (I sounded lazy huh!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Yeo
    unlike zoom lens, i can compose while i am standing at a fixed place....
    i find that even if using a zoom lens should still try to move around to change composition instead of just zooming in and out. moving changes perspective and affects the relationship between different objects in the viewfinder. this encourages us to think more about background and composition, instead of just zoom in, put the main subject at a 1/3 position and snap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Yeo
    but without zoom, don't u find it a bit hard to use? if i want to take a pic ...if the subject not near enough, i have to walk nearer or move backward ....

    unlike zoom lens, i can compose while i am standing at a fixed place....

    (I sounded lazy huh!)
    It's popular because it's the Standard Lense, and most makes of it @ f1.8/f1.7 is the cheapest.

    Why is it hard to use? It's normally a step or two in front or behind if u need the framing. Don't be lazy on the foot.

    In fact, I find the 50mm one of the fun lense to use. It's cheap (the 1.8 or 1.7), light, fast focusing, and not to mention sharp and contrasty image quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Yeo
    but without zoom, don't u find it a bit hard to use? if i want to take a pic ...if the subject not near enough, i have to walk nearer or move backward ....

    unlike zoom lens, i can compose while i am standing at a fixed place....

    (I sounded lazy huh!)
    Hi Paul. I use zooms for casual shoots. To challenge myself I use primes.
    I find that using prime lenses is a great way to learn about a particular focal length (when and how best to use a partical focal length).

    Let's say I only have a 24mm with me and I see a park bench. By being restricted to just one length I'm forced to think of how best to compose a shot of the bench using a 24mm.

    Then on a different day I would carry a 105mm macro. Shooting the same bench would involve an entirely different approach.

    By doing this I learn the properties of various focal lengths, and develop my own style and technique of using various focal lengths.

    Hope I made sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ23
    It's popular because it's the Standard Lense, and most makes of it @ f1.8/f1.7 is the cheapest.

    Why is it hard to use? It's normally a step or two in front or behind if u need the framing. Don't be lazy on the foot.

    In fact, I find the 50mm one of the fun lense to use. It's cheap (the 1.8 or 1.7), light, fast focusing, and not to mention sharp and contrasty image quality.
    I've got the 50mm from AJ23... and been really enjoying using it ... yes it is a "can use to" no zoom but it will some how grow on it.


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    BUT! with the 1.5x or 1.6x factor of digital SLR, 50mm is actually around 80mm liao,right?

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    how much is a 50mm /f1.4 nikkor?

    what about 1.8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Yeo
    BUT! with the 1.5x or 1.6x factor of digital SLR, 50mm is actually around 80mm liao,right?

    80mm is the DOF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Yeo
    BUT! with the 1.5x or 1.6x factor of digital SLR, 50mm is actually around 80mm liao,right?
    Your 50mm mounted on a digital cam would then be a good fast, cheap portrait lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff49er
    80mm is the DOF
    You meant FOV (Field of View) I presume... right?
    The equipment can only bring you so far - the rest of the photographic journey is done by you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Yeo
    BUT! with the 1.5x or 1.6x factor of digital SLR, 50mm is actually around 80mm liao,right?
    Yes, that's correct. For the 1.5x FLM, it's a 75mm equivalent in 35mm format, for 1.6x FLM, it's a 80mm equivalent in 35mm format.

    To get the equivalent of 50mm (35mm format), the closest would be a 35mm lense, but most 35mm lense from Nikon or Canon or whatever, costs much more than the standard 50mm lense.

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    anyone know how much Cathay is selling for 50mm / f1.8?

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    maybe i will not buy my iPod Shuffle and get 50mm instead

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    I got it due to peer pressure ... almost everyone else has one, so ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Yeo
    how much is a 50mm /f1.4 nikkor?

    what about 1.8?
    Nikkor AF-D 50mm f/1.8 is about S$170-180.

    Nikkor AF-D 50mm f/1.4 is about S$450.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ23
    Nikkor AF-D 50mm f/1.8 is about S$170-180.

    Nikkor AF-D 50mm f/1.4 is about S$450.
    Oh no! I am going to BUY BUY BUY 50mm f/1.8 soon !!!

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