When photographers get together and talk lenses and someone mentions “nifty-fifty” you know what it is. Nifty-fifty is a 50mm prime lens. Back in the day when you bought a 35mm film camera the lens that either came with it or you purchased was the 50mm. Some say it’s a standard lens. 50mm gives you get a normal perspective and field of view similar to what we see from our own eyes. Years ago this was the go-to lens for photojournalists. I remembered this lens in the military.

Today the nifty-fifty is used a lot and for many styles of photography: street, weddings, portraits, real estate, landscapes, or just to walk around. It’s a very reasonable lens to buy. The price can range from $100 – 500.00. Fast lens: f/1.8, f/2 just to name a few. This lens normally works well in low light situations. Anything – never let the price of this lens fool you. If you purchase a camera with a kit lens and you want another reasonable and faster lens – look into the 50mm. It gives you a chance to save money and still create quality images.

My nifty-fifty is the Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR. It’s weather (sealed) and dust resistant. You can shoot in light rain and dusty environments. I really like this lens. The size of the lens helps a lot…very, very light. I haven’t photographed anything in low light situations yet but I have used it indoors with no flash. Because it’s a prime lens I move more for my compositions…and that’s a good thing. With a zoom lens I tend to get lazy, stand in one place and shoot. Prime I have to move around. It helps me become more creative and active.

Here are some of my images from my walk around Manassas. Looking forward to my next adventure.

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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