Compact, lightweight and affordable
To say that it’s great value for money is an understatement. The 50mm’s price range starts at a mere R1,495 for the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM with most f/1.4 versions of the lens selling between R4,500 and R6,000 depending on the brand. Because of it’s small, lightweight design you can easily carry this lens around for long periods of time without it getting in the way. And if you’re into street or travel photography, the nifty-fifty is the ideal lens to take along for taking everything from portraits to landscapes at a moment’s notice while still being able to keep your kit light.
Wide aperture – just what you want
- It’s able to provide a fast shutter speed due to the fact that you can shoot wide open at a low f-stop. It’s excellent at obtaining correct exposure while minimising camera shake in low-light situations.
- Due to more light passing through to the camera’s sensors (focusing and imaging) it also offers improved autofocus in low-light situations.
- Improved manual focus due to a brighter view through the viewfinder and a shallow depth of field gives you a good idea of what’s in focus and what’s not.
- Being able to shoot at a very low f-stop you can obtain a shallow depth of field that allows for beautiful blur and bokeh while placing emphasis on the subject.