I believe any serious photographer – amateur or professional – has 50mm prime lens tucked away somewhere in his/her camera bag. It is because the lens is relatively cheap (especially its f/1.8 version) yet very fast considering its maximum aperture of f/1.8.
It’s also called the standard lens since its angle of view is said to have angle of view similar to our eyes although this is more applicable to 35mm film camera or full frame digital SLR. However some pro photographers further argue that the angle of view of human eyes is more similar to 40mm lens with full frame camera.
Let’s put aside the theory or the argument and just enjoy using this great lens especially at its maximum aperture either f/1.8 (the cheaper version) or at f/1.4 (the more pricey version).
At its maximum aperture it is capable of throwing everything out of focus except for a few milimeters focal plane and it’s fun experimenting with it.
If you are interested in the technical details of the lens (Nikon lens) the article provided by MIR’s Photography in Malaysia comes in handy which you can find it here.
I am pleased to share a few of my pictures using this wonderful lens shot at either F/1.8 or F/2.0