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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

Using 50mm for a walk-around

Updated: Feb 5

If you're looking for a versatile and affordable lens for street photography, you might want to consider a prime 50mm lens. In this blog post, I'll share with you some of the reasons why I love using a 50mm lens for capturing candid moments and the urban scenes of the city.


A prime 50mm lens is a fixed focal length lens that has a wide aperture, usually f/1.8 or f/1.4. This means that it can let in a lot of light, which is great for low-light situations and creating a shallow depth of field. A shallow depth of field allows you to isolate your subject from the background, making it stand out and creating a pleasing bokeh effect.


A prime 50mm lens is also known as a "normal" lens because it has a similar field of view to the human eye. This means that it can produce natural-looking images that are not distorted by perspective or compression. A 50mm lens can also help you to develop your compositional skills, as you have to move around and zoom with your feet to frame your shots.



A prime 50mm lens is also very compact and lightweight, making it easy to carry around and discreet to use. You can easily slip it into your pocket or bag, and it won't draw too much attention when you're shooting on the streets. A 50mm lens is also relatively cheap compared to other lenses, so you can get a high-quality lens without breaking the bank.


Of course, a prime 50mm lens is not perfect for every situation. It might be too tight for some landscapes or architecture shots, or too wide for some portraits or details. It also doesn't have any zoom capability, so you might miss some shots that require more flexibility. However, I think that these limitations can also be seen as advantages, as they force you to be more creative and to work with what you have.


In conclusion, I think a prime 50mm lens is a great choice for street photography, as it offers many benefits such as low-light performance, shallow depth of field, natural perspective, portability, and affordability. It can also help you to improve your photography skills and to develop your own style. If you don't have one already, I highly recommend getting one and trying it out for yourself. You might be surprised by how much you can do with a simple 50mm lens!



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